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Re: Young people and adventure
My wife and I have 3 adult sons.. great guys. All three turned out to be wonderful happy productive. That might be because they had a doting stay at home mom,a big house to romp in, dogs, little league, bicycles, grandparents, a yard to play in, kids in the neighborhood to play with, woods to run in, a church to be raised in. You can't fit those things on a sailboat. We did sail, usually day sails on the Hudson or an overnight on LI sound and always a week at Lake George or Newport RI either on our boat, with our boat. We also skied and did sports and all that.
Now. Would it have been possible to raise them on a sailboat? Maybe, probably. For a little while.
We can all agree it would have been much different. As much as people tell you to take your whole family around the globe, I'd tell you to plant them some place where they can grow. It goes by. I was 25 then 47 now -- and guess what? They are pretty much grown up. The dog is pretty old. I'm still sort of young..The ocean...... is still there.
Now the opposite point ( and I am speaking from experience ) - children add so to much to life aboard a boat. If you don't spoil them you will find they are born to sail, amazed to see the milky way over the ocean....raised around boats they will be largely unafraid of anything and are not cynical, which is so refreshing. Drink up the innocence of that while you can, my friends. And children can make excellent crew. Strong, agile, able to balance on one toe rail and fit through the front hatch. Unable to sue you if injured or upset! Ha! Obedient - again if raised correctly.... Happy to swim instead of shower. And to them you are the greatest sailor ever. Story telling, music, just ability to appreciate things. They have it in huge quantities. They let you see it all though their eyes and it is pure magic.
So I do not advise raising kids on a sailboat. I advise raising kids at home and taking them sailing.
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Last edited by Sal Paradise; 05-27-2013 at 11:41 AM.