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03-16-2015 09:53 PM
svHornblower
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

Don't let it deter you. My kids are 24, 18, and 6! The youngest one started sailing as a one year old and is the most enthusiastic of the bunch. It is no different than at home, just keep them warm, fed, dry, and entertained.
03-16-2015 02:38 PM
krisscross
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

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Amazing how life can throw you a curve ball and karma can make you eat your words. Approximately 1 month after I wrote this update in August 2013, Amy got pregnant. So much for being empty nesters! Well as you can imagine, sailing has been pretty much off the table for us since then. Anna Claire is now 10 months old and the center of our world. Anyone have any advice about sailing with toddlers???
Congratulations! Life comes at you fast, sometimes.
Sailing with toddlers can be fun. Did it with my kids and they loved it. We had a 14 foot dinghy at the time and kids really liked the closeness of water (we did lose a few heavier toys).
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Oh yeah, one side note. Never ever trust a vasectomy.....
Have you considered other possibilities?
03-15-2015 07:29 PM
chall03
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

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Originally Posted by Close Quarters View Post
Amazing how life can throw you a curve ball and karma can make you eat your words. Approximately 1 month after I wrote this update in August 2013, Amy got pregnant. So much for being empty nesters! Well as you can imagine, sailing has been pretty much off the table for us since then. Anna Claire is now 10 months old and the center of our world. Anyone have any advice about sailing with toddlers???

Oh yeah, one side note. Never ever trust a vasectomy.....
WOW!

As for sailing with toddlers then yes we have been there done that and doing again second time around soon!.......Have a look at the sailing with children subform on here.

My quick tips.


- A boat that is setup to singlehand helps a lot.
- A 'safe' spot to put the toddler when you do need a second set of hands is also good. A berth netted off or a spot harnessed in the cockpit etc.
- At the clumsy moving around 1 year old age we found the baby harness helpful in the cockpit, our bottom washboards always remained in( with stern warnings that companionway is off limits without mum or dad). Beware climbers! *I found the risk of our daughter injuring herself on by falling on the companionway was exponentially higher than any chance of her going overboard.
- Have or bring boat toys, snacks.
- If you are ok with it a DVD player/ipad for use in case of emergency is handy. While we limit screen time, we have no issue half hour of Peppa Pig if it gives us the time the get out of the pen and get the mainsail up.
- Take is easy, short sails in moderate conditions. Don't push yourself, your wife or the toddler.
- Have a sense of humour, relax and enjoy. Toys will go overboard, toddlers will bump into things, you will need to gybe just as your toddler chucks a tantrum, but you will be alright
03-15-2015 06:18 PM
Close Quarters
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

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In 5-7 years, the boys go off to college and Amy & I will be empty nesters. At this point, it will just be the two of us on extended trips.
Amazing how life can throw you a curve ball and karma can make you eat your words. Approximately 1 month after I wrote this update in August 2013, Amy got pregnant. So much for being empty nesters! Well as you can imagine, sailing has been pretty much off the table for us since then. Anna Claire is now 10 months old and the center of our world. Anyone have any advice about sailing with toddlers???

Oh yeah, one side note. Never ever trust a vasectomy.....
08-13-2013 03:37 PM
TJC45
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

323, great choice!!!!!! That boat has a rep as a family cruiser!!!!!!

And, regarding the 5+ plan, it is immensely upgradable if need be.
08-13-2013 10:32 AM
Cruisingdad
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

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Well, a year later and we ended up with none of the above! Interesting how that happens. I was actually beginning to believe we would never be able to make a decision and pull the trigger. In March, we resumed the serious search and in April, we purchased Ataraxis, a 1979 Pearson 323. Right time, right place and the right price.

Honestly, I am glad to have this phase behind us. One common thread amongst all of the replies is that 30' is too small for the plans we have. After 5 months, I can certainly agree we need to rethink our cunning plan! I am certain she is a good starter boat but I finally understand the need for more space.

My eldest son says we need a larger boat and that Ataraxis would be a great 'apartment' while he is attending college.

Thanks again for all of the helpful advice! Now if someone could explain how to add a profile picture.

Bob, Amy and the boys
Congrats!

You guys still planning on going cruising? We have two boys (9 and 13) and currently in Marathon. Let us know if you are coming down!

Brian
08-12-2013 06:05 PM
DRFerron
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

Thanks for returning with an update. That seldom happens so it is appreciated. Best of luck with your new boat.
08-12-2013 05:39 PM
emcentar
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help



And congratulations on the boat! Sounds like a good thing you passed on the other candidates - you didn't sound very enthusiastic about them.

E.
08-12-2013 08:07 AM
Yorksailor
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

Congratulations
08-11-2013 11:38 PM
bblument
Re: Coastal Cruising Boat Selection Help

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Well, a year later and we ended up with none of the above! Interesting ho
Thanks again for all of the helpful advice! Now if someone could explain how to add a profile picture.

Bob, Amy and the boys
Congratulations on your boat. My wife and are have been empty nesters for a few years now, and bought our first boat last October... a Pearson 26. It needed a lot of work. Now, it needs less work and is sailable, and we're having a great time with it. Strong, pretty, wonderful boat to learn on... meaning both parts of both ownership.... learning to work on boats, and learning to sail. I can definitely see us wanting to move to something larger in a year or two once we have the basics down and want to start spending more than a week or two onboard, but for right now the size is perfect. When we DO move up, a Pearson will be on the top of the list.

To add a profile pic, signature, or other fun things, use the "User CP" menu button appears at the top of the page on the far left.. next to the "FAQ," "Community," and other menu bar items.

Barry
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