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Topic Review (Newest First)
11-15-2011 10:26 PM
LookoutNW Ginger Ale, Ginger Snaps. Long time proven in the maritime community.
11-11-2011 03:08 PM
asburyjohnny
Me also

I've been experiencing motion sickness since a kid. I'm 55 now. My solution. I take the boat slow. I spend a week or so at dock then some bay sailing and then out to sea. I find that if I'm at the helm I do not get sick. The focus of what I'm doing really seems to help. I too however am looking for a magical cure of which there is none. Pills seem the only way to go but hate taking them. They tend to make me sicker than the sea. I wish they could just operate and fix that inner ear thing. Best of luck. Fortunately for me, my kids don't suffer as I do.
09-21-2011 10:34 PM
INMA We reduced the liklihood of sea sickness by sleeping on the boat overnight before heading out, the sleep allows the inner ear to relax and adapt to the boat motion.

Others mentioned keeping busy, my sons managed the water providing drinks when they thought we were thirsty (otherwise known as water play) other things could be getting a squirt gun and allowing them to spray as much as they like (salt water is cheap entertainment).

As the kids grew older we would put them leg over on a staunchion and oversheet on a reach so they could splash in the water. Did this once through a racing fleet and had the crews laughing at the idiot with the boat oversheeted then they saw the kids and had a greater laugh when they realised the entertainment. Never lost a kid but you do need to look out for the big waves.
09-21-2011 05:00 PM
hellosailor FWIW, tried it, totally worthless. And the guarantee is worthless too, since their S&H pretty much guarantees their profit and your return post cost is just another expense.

Wear a lavendar sachet, get the same benefit and save the postage.
09-21-2011 04:42 PM
casey1999
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Originally Posted by Mimsy View Post
Casey, I'm really glad to hear he had a good sail! I was in another discussion about sea scikness and kids and someone swore by MotionEaze | Fast Motion Sickness Relief I haven't tried it but I will. I figure as it isn't an ingested drug and there are no noted side effects its worth a shot. It might be snake oil but then again, it seems rather innocuous so we shall see. We've had some good luck with alternative/natural treatments before so its worth a go.
I did buy some motioineaze (got it mail order from walmart.com and it was very inexpensive $4 with free shipping).
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Motion-Eaz....5-ml/12346124

I have not tried it yet, so far ginger cookies are working. If it gets really rough I'll try the motioneaze.
Aloha
08-22-2011 11:35 AM
Bene505 Casey,

Our kids help to spot lobster buoys here in the NorthEast. I tell them they do a great job (and they do), even when the youngest spots a buoy behind us. Keeping them busy and involved helps, and we encourage staying in the cockpit or on deck.

Note that the biggest waves we've seen are 4 to 5 feet, on a 50 foot, 14 ton boat - and that was just once. Usually we sail where it's fairly sheltered, and I avoid beating into waves when the kids are aboard.

I added ginger items to the boat this year. The miniature cans of ginger ale were a big hit. They were stored at kid-level in the galley so the kids could grab them on their own. Ginger cookies were not a big hit - I need to get a better kind and should try the ones you mentioned.

Thanks for the suggestions everyone (especially the one about watering down the ginger ale, Mimsy). Great thread.

Regards,
Brad
08-22-2011 06:42 AM
Thestar Some great advice here I would go with the Ginger one of my friends nibbles away on ginger biscuits and feels fine without they get seasick.

Have also used ginger biscuits with a friends dog that worked too.

I would put the seasick person on the helm it makes them focus on the horizon just be ready to take over when or if they get sick.
08-22-2011 06:34 AM
Mimsy Casey, I'm really glad to hear he had a good sail! I was in another discussion about sea scikness and kids and someone swore by MotionEaze | Fast Motion Sickness Relief I haven't tried it but I will. I figure as it isn't an ingested drug and there are no noted side effects its worth a shot. It might be snake oil but then again, it seems rather innocuous so we shall see. We've had some good luck with alternative/natural treatments before so its worth a go.
08-18-2011 05:28 PM
casey1999 Ginger Wafer Cookies

Above is link to ginger cookies my kids liked. Seemed to help their sea sickness.
Aloha
08-15-2011 01:43 PM
casey1999
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Originally Posted by 24seven365 View Post
leave them at home
You mean as in "Home Alone"?
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