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Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Francisco/Monterey Bay Area
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Sailing with kids
Thanks for responding. The kids aboard Meridian are home schooled and they did just great. Parents were worried that the kids would miss their friends but since sailing is such an adventure the kids did very well.
The boat has plenty of DVDs and games onboard. I gave them a couple of nautical toys, like a knot tying game, but they really didn't need many things. Yes, there was some occasional nagging but probably nowhere near as much as you'd get at home. Get on the SSB or VHF to locate other kid boats underway and in anchorages - it works great. You'd be surprised at how many kids cruise and play dates, beach parties, and games are very kid friendly activities.
Meridian was on it's maiden cruise when I was aboard. Go here to view Meridian's link: sailmeridian.com
(You'll see me in the photo gallery at the bottom of that page.)
As a reference, here is an excerpt from an email sent by the Meridian family:
"Again, John, thanks for making the trip. Your presence made our passage safer, and more enjoyable, and I really appreciate the effort and sacrifice on your part to help with Meridian's maiden voyage".
Anyway, I'm certainly up for either of the 2010 Pacs, or perhaps other compass points. You can reach me at (831) 461-1180.