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Re: A family day... what do sailors do?

When I was a teen my friends would drive out and meet us. My parents took their car home and we went onward - good times
Best ever was getting let loose in Bermuda with the parents gone home
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Donnas right here. You arent as cool as their friends so bring them.
Yes, so true, funny thing is I seem to be cool to lots of my kids friends, but not to them! They love it when I cook tacos and pizza for them!

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Its important to take tons of pictures also ( let them take some too) and after the season in the winter sit around as a family and look at them. It brings back memories and when you kids tell you what they remember it will give you a clue as to what they value about it. It is very enlightening as well as actually heartwarming to hear their rememberence of experiences 15 years ago.

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One of the best things I have done for my youngest (now 14) was give him a camera to mess with. Great thing is with digital, there are no processing costs unless you want to print some. He now uses his phone, as it has more "mega pixels"" than the old 3.2 megapixel Cannon I gave him. It makes them look at things completely differently. I remember him asking me would this look good in a picture, then all of a sudden he is taking his own photos!

One of my favorite photos I have ever taken was of my friend's father who introduced me to sailing, at the helm of his boat, totally absorbed in what he was doing and happy. I was a teenager at the time and I remember thinking that I wanted to be that into what I did. Guess it made a lasting impression on me!
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I keep my smart phone loaded with pics of good times on the boat this past season. I randomly text one to the kids or family from time to time over the winter. Keeps 'em begging for more.
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I keep my smart phone
Why does everyone call this damn device a smart phone

Its a dumb phone or a damn phone


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The smart phone is revolutionizing our standard of living. Communication, organization, navigation, entertainment, security, etc.

I verbally asked my phone to give me directions to the name of a restaurant and it answered by announcing turn by turn instructions. That's smarter than anyone else that was in the car.


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Re: A family day... what do sailors do?

I duct tape them to the bulkhead, like they have a choice in the matter!

I don't have much to add to what has already been suggested except to emphasize that boat time is some of the best times we have as a family. Although we haven't been for two years, if all goes as planned we'll be back in the water this coming season and the anticipation is pretty awesome!

I will let the pictures speak for themselves
















































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Try geocaching. My grown kids still enjoy it, especially when the coordinates must be figured out by obtaining info from several interesting locations.
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Throw 'em off the back and drag 'em along.



Seriously, don't overthink it. No set itineraries, just loose ideas. Plans go according to the mood and weather. Go with the flow.
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T37chefs girls are really great on the boat. We have rafted with them and his girs love to swim and like being out together. Course mom and dad make it an enjoyeable experience and have fun with them.

Hope they stay engaged like this through their teens which is the toughest times, but I am sure they will always remember their times on the boat as a family.

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I verbally asked my phone to give me directions to the name of a restaurant and it answered by announcing turn by turn instructions. That's smarter than anyone else that was in the car.
You need to fill your car with people who can read a map.

Wait a minute...you're a PILOT, aren't you?
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