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If the kids can swim... I'd take them. Just make them wear PFDs and they should be fine, and have a blast. They are about the age I was when I learned to sail... I plan on taking my nephews out, and they are three and five.
If you explain to them what to do, and they're reasonably well-behaved children, unlike some that are out there today, then they should be able to sit and help out as human ballast, without getting in the way.
Make sure that the children KNOW they have to wear their PFDs whenever they are on the boat—even at the dock.
I think having them strapped to a jackline, especially in a boat as small as a Capri 22 will make them a hindrance. On a larger boat, I would recommend jacklines and tethers, especially as larger boats are not as manueverable in the case of a Kid-overboard situation—and may have a lot more freeboard, making a recovery much more difficult. If you do use a tether, please use one that hooks on the back, not the front. This will prevent the wave they generate from moving through the water from drowning them—and make it far less likely that they will detach the harness themselves.
Please note, I am assuming that you are only going out with them in relatively fair weather, as a Capri 22 isn't really designed to handle the nasty stuff...and you'd have to be out of your mind to take your kids out in it in bad weather.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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Last edited by sailingdog; 06-27-2006 at 08:26 AM.