SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Cruising and Sailing with Children All things sailing and kids related, from safety to life aboard.

Thread: Boat recommendation for 2 kids? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
08-08-2010 04:42 PM
StormKite We went, with our nine-year-old twins, to a three-day YMCA Sailing course for beginners to get us all started, then have been learning aboard a friend's Mac26 until recently. Our daughter hated the heeling in the Mac, and she feared a capsize after our experiences in the little Picos at the Y. Our adventure was almost over until we came across a Luger Tradewinds 26 lovingly kept by an old salt who had raised his three boys on it. The boat felt so stable our girl became excited again, and we bought the thing. Loving it so far. Not much help in the "what boat is right" department (I'm sure this inexpensive starter boat won't be our last), but I have a background in child development and couldn't agree more with killarney_sailor. Boredom is a great stimulus to character development, if mom can tolerate it in the meantime!
07-29-2010 03:48 PM
JackTar6 Thanks for the advice. My wife will be onboard, in charge of the kids. I will be mostly sailing single-handed. I'm worried about kids getting bored as opposed to scared. We recently went out on 24 foot boat in 10-15 kts and were heeling at times. My daughter thought is was more fun heeling and turning, a little dull when the wind was lighter. My wife was happier because we have gone in dinghies in similar winds, which was less pleasant. Big question is whether we look for a standard or tall rig.
07-29-2010 03:23 PM
killarney_sailor Kids love doing stuff in the dinghy and as they get older will quickly learn to use the tender independently. On the mother ship, setup the V-berth as their own kingdom with favorite toys and sleeping bags. Their imaginations will turn this little cave into all sorts of neat environments.
07-29-2010 03:15 PM
kd3pc I would drop back in size, rather than share with another family..these setups often cause problems...

Are you saying the wife is not going to be aboard...? If so..

That being said, any of the 28- 30' mid 80's boats would be quite comfortable..
07-29-2010 03:10 PM
smackdaddy We have two boys (6 and 10) and a C27. It's been great with overnighters, etc. No complaints.

As for getting them interested, I don't know. I just keep taking them out. They always fuss about it before hand, but are always happy about it after. It'll catch.
07-29-2010 02:40 PM
Boat recommendation for 2 kids?

I have 2 kids, 6 and 2, and a non-sailor wife. We have rented keelboats for day trips on the Chesapeake and I am considering taking the plunge and buying something to share with another friend and his family to explore the Chesapeake Bay on 1 to 2 night trips. After some research and looking at boats we are considering an older Catalina 30 (mid 1980s). Does anyone have advice on what boat to get or how to get kids involved for the first time? Thanks!

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome