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03-16-2011 07:57 PM
vtsailguy We have 3 boys, 4/6/8. It seems to me that they are all about the destination, we like the getting there (i.e. actually sailing).

It only took me a few trips to realize more destination and less travel makes for more engaged kids and saner parents.

Plan accordingly!
01-31-2011 01:53 PM
QuickMick maybe do a few overnight/weekend trips ahead of the big voyage to make sure it works to everyones delight? hope you have a great time, seems like it might be a bit cramped, but if you are sleeping on shore that seems that it would take care of a lot of that.
12-17-2010 01:34 AM
sausagebarn JM3, that is very inspiring and some great advice.
I have been planing to sail up solo and then pick up the family from Anacortes because we wanted to spend less time in transit and because spending a few days sailing solo would be really fun for me.
Since this post I had an opportunity to buy a slightly larger boat (tartan 27). The boat had a lot of issues though and didn't seem worth the likely costs to get it "Juans" worthy. (my daughter cried when I told her we would be getting rid of "buttercup" in favor of a better boat!) My friend said it was a mistake and that a larger vessel would add safety. My thought was that in a smaller boat we are much more conservative and if the weather is up we take it easy. I suppose a larger boat is in someways inherently safer...did you initially have reservations about it? I don't but then I don't have that much experience.
Is there places you would recommend in the SS? I used to work on Orcas Is and have spent many summers there but have never really ventured down south.
Since I posted this I have been reading The Curve of Time...a book about a mom and her 5 kids that spent summers exploring the B.C. waters in their 25 foot m/v. Its a great read and has also been a ton of inspiration.
We always feel a bit like rebels out there....when we see other families (not that often) they tend to be in these massive yachts with every convenience known to man.
If you see 3 kids and two parents out there in a tiny little boat make sure to say hi.
12-16-2010 08:13 PM
JM3 We do almost the same thing quite often in our San Juan 23.

I have infant twins and a 3 yr old and we spent over a week in the San Juans this summer. The twins are small but for babies, we bring a TON of stuff.

Before this boat (and the twins) we cruised on a Venture 17 - now that was SMALL! overall, we are finding that its a lot easier to plan on staying 2-3 nights in one place rather than moving around a whole lot with the kids. It lets you get to know a place and gives the kids more time to run, play, dig, swim, fish, etc. We sometimes bring a tent and camp on shore when we have additional guests with us or when our boat feels a bit too small. (we have a very big tent)

Its taken us type A people a while to realize that the kids care less about seeing a lot of things while being constantly on the go and more about what they do when they are there. Thus our slow down and smell the roses approach to cruising now.

If you are moving around a lot and sleeping on the boat it does get a little tight. A boom tent might help but I'd be worried about kids falling over at night. Its probably good to mix up boat nights and camping nights. Most state parks have good facilites for camping.

We trailer up to anacortes or Bellingham (preferred) and launch there. it knocks about 4 days round trip off of the trip and allows more time in the islands.

Some of our favorite places up there are Sucia, James Island, Jones Island and Indian Bay on Stewart. All have great camping facilities and beaches and trails for the kids. Friday harbor is a good stop for ice cream also.

Its way easier with kids if you can get a spot at the state park docks than anchoring out or using a mooring bouy. Try to time your arrivals for when people are leaving the docks for the day.

However, If you are seattle based we have found we enjoy the south sound as much if not more than the san juans..and its closer.

Whatever you decide, GO FOR IT, you guys will have a BLAST. We don't see enough cruising families here in Washington. It always feels like we are the ones on the smallest boat with the most kids!
11-26-2010 03:04 AM
chall03 Go for it, ok the confined quarters with kids might drive you and your wife crazy, but I think your kids would have a ball.

When you get back.....Pics please!
11-12-2010 11:41 PM
Harborless I am about to be living on a 23' myself! No, I am not a destitute sobo; it's a lot cheaper to live on the boat then to live in the dorms and I won't have three other roommates. I think you will be cramped but as long as the weather stays nice you it shouldn't be too bad.
11-11-2010 10:40 PM
sausagebarn Thanks everyone for your awesome replies.
I have gotten some great ideas. Net and shrimp fishing at night sounds like something I might even have fun with.
11-11-2010 10:25 PM
LeftCoast Sucia, no place to dump trash and horrid water. I'd be sure to hit there right after a marina visit, so the trash container is empty and the water tank is full.

Deer Harbor is a favorite with our family. The docks are really big with pick nick benches next to the slips. I've never seen pick nick benches on docks before. They're great! Also you can get a cheezeburger right on the dock. The Burger stand is one of my favorite attractions.

Another idea for the kiddies is to get some of them little nets on sticks for catching shrimp off the pilings at night. My kids, even as teenagers, sill love going after them shrimp. Keeps them entertained for hours.

If you haven't already done it already; A cockpit tent over the boom can, on some boats, nearly double the usable interior space. That's what we discovered with our little boat.

What else?

Anacortes is a lot closer, by boat, to the San Juans then LaConner. And, there's a Safeway across the street from Cap Sante marina. So stocking up is really easy.

Sounds like a lot of fun!

-jim lee
11-08-2010 12:54 PM
IslanderGuy We sailed for 5 days in the south Puget Sound on a 21 foot boat with two kids, you've got one more kid, and one more foot. Somehow I do not think the 1 more foot makes up for the one more kid!

We only planned on 4 days, but where having so much fun we added another day. By the end of day five we where going a little crazy, but it was a great experience, and one I am glad we did.

We where staying on the boat every night, doing a little tent camping would have been a good idea. I would also suggest planning to spend a few days in the same place at least once. We where moving every day, not far but a little ways and that takes a lot of energy with a bunch of people in a small boat. If you have two nights in a row where you can setup camp and then just hang out and not worry about packing everything up, moving, unpacking and setting up camp before bed again, I think it would help a lot.
11-05-2010 11:03 PM
Mimsy I think it will be fun.
Be sure to pack duct tape. Kids who misbehave get duct taped to the mast. Works every time.
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