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3 Weeks Ago 11:31 PM
roverhi
Re: Kids or cruising first?

04
e went pre kids. I'd just turned 32 and wife 29 when we left. Had a great time on our W32 through French Polynesia. Wife came down with our first son on Moorea so we sailed back to Kona. Plenty of time to establish a career and raise the kids. Only regret was not leaving sooner. If you wait you fall into that twilight zone where you'll be too old to be marketable in the business world If you decide to rejoin the real world and the possibility of fate playing you a dirty trick.
3 Weeks Ago 09:12 AM
ChristinaM
Re: Kids or cruising first?

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Originally Posted by Sal Paradise View Post
Hey! Thanks for the check back!! Where did you go?
South & north & south & starting to go north again Further south point was St Anne, Martinique. Furthest north since we started was the Magdalen Islands in the Gulf of St Lawrence. We've got a blog with lots of photos if you're interested: SailingAltera.com

First Trip South
Started in Penetang on Georgian Bay, Lake Huron on Sept 22, 2014.
Thru Lake Huron & Erie, then the Welland Canal.
Toronto then down the Oswego & Erie Canals and out the Hudson to Atlantic Highlands, NJ
2 days outside to Hampton, VA (first removal of toques!)
Sally Dawg Rally to North Sound, BVIs
Slept for most of 2 weeks

Hung out for ~3 months between the BVIs and USVI. Then Culebra, Puerto Rico's south shore, Bahamas (Mayaguana, Long Island, Georgetown, Exumas, Eleuthera, Abacos)

Back North
Marsh Harbour to Beaufort, NC.
Then quickly to Isle Madame, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to leave the boat and fly to a wedding, via Atlantic City & Martha's Vineyard.
After visiting with family / enjoying indoor showers again we did a loop :
- Canso Causeway
- PEI
- Magdalen Islands
- Around the north end of Cape Breton to Ingonish
- Thru Bras d'Or

South Again
After another wedding in September:
- Cape Breton -> Newport, RI
- NYC for a week
- Through the Delaware & Chesapeake, including the Annapolis Boat Show
- SDR again out of Hampton, VA
- 1 month in USVI/BVIs
- St Martin
- Antigua & Barbuda
- Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
- Martinique
- St Barth's

And we're back in the USVI now with guests visiting. Should start the trek north by hopping to Culebra next week. We'll go through PR and the Bahamas and probably just make a few stops on the US east coast.

Still debating whether to be on the Great Lakes in July to enjoy them or whether to go to Newfoundland and up the St Lawrence.
3 Weeks Ago 01:46 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Hey! Thanks for the check back!! Where did you go?
3 Weeks Ago 11:29 AM
Donna_F
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Thank you so much for the follow up. We don't often find out how an OP ended up down the road.
3 Weeks Ago 09:22 AM
ChristinaM
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Thanks all for the advice but it's been 4.5 years since I posted this so the decisions have mostly been made. We did our cruise as a couple while we're young-ish and not too committed to anything. We'll have lived on the boat for about 2.5 years before we have to go back to land life and be responsible money earners for a bit. It's been a great chapter in our lives but I am looking forward to having a real flush toilet and fridge that isn't top loading.
3 Weeks Ago 09:13 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Family is great! If the budget runs a bit low you can sell the kids one by one.



3 Weeks Ago 09:03 PM
joelpackard Go now. So much is easier without kids. If they come along during the voyage, so be it.
10-21-2014 11:21 PM
Daniela Poirier
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Hello! I'm sure, I am late for this response. Anyway, Cruising is real exciting and great but It could be more enjoyable and interesting with the whole family. My view here is to consider your kids first
09-10-2014 04:02 PM
flandria
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Fancy meeting you, ChristinaM, Jeff and Marcus (for the others: Marcus is the canine crew who also needs "care"), just as you are about to depart. You have crossed your Rubicon and are on the way.

No advice from me! But am I allowed a tiny bit of envy?

Be well, safe and happy!
09-10-2014 03:05 PM
CaptainForce
Re: Kids or cruising first?

Many of the negatives about kids on boats don't apply if the children live aboard from infancy instead of moving to the boat in transition from a house. There's also a difference in coastal cruising and having a slip when not cruising. My wife and I, both public school teachers, remained in a slip during the 190 days of the year that we were employed and cruised during summers and holidays. We also had the benefit of our schedules being identical with our children's school hours. We spent many summers in the Bahamas and the Florida Keys. Cruising with just my wife is wonderful, but cruising with our children was always a joy without regrets. My daughter and son-in-law now live on their vessel with my grandson. There is not one answer, one style of cruising, or one expected outcome. Families can have failures or successes on shore or on boats.
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