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11-30-2013 02:05 AM
austintoday
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

Congratulations on your new purchased and I know your little kid will love it!!
11-28-2013 10:55 AM
vtsailguy
Sailing with our 3 year old

Interesting. I have a slight variation.

The first time I rigged my Jackline, as you did, I had two, and had the commercial 6' tethers. It was clear that if a kid went over, it would be bad even tethered, they would be dangling possibly in the water.

So I made my Jacklines go down the center line. It's actually two running in parallel either side of the mast. They stop short of the bow.

I then made my own tethers with just a 3' piece of webbing with two loops. For under 100 pound kids, I think home made ones are as strong.

The net result, because I was able to customize my tethers,is that the kids actually have to pull slightly against the Jackline and tether to sit on the rail like your girls are in the picture. Seeing those lines under tension in that spot makes be feel much better than the 7-8' of combined Jackline and tether slack.


Three boys, 200 sq ft of fiberglass, tropical beaches
www.sailingwithkids.net
11-26-2013 12:26 PM
kwaltersmi
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

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Originally Posted by MauiPunter View Post
Im in a similar situation. Our daughter is turning three and she is becoming more mobile. We are tethering her and have lifejacket on 24/7. Even when she is below. I have been considering the possibility of netting but I just cant stand the look of it. I feel like the tether and lifejacket is enough, but maybe I am wrong. If she is attached to the boat and has lifejacket on, what more can the netting provide? Is there any alternative to the netting.
We've used both harness/tether and "netting". However, instead of the actual nets, we used a thin line zig-zagged between the toerail and the upper lifeline, which serves the same purpose but looks less cluttered. You can see our set-up in this blog post: Cruising with Kids.
11-24-2013 09:46 PM
vtsailguy
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

If you have a harness, I have found that netting is more to stop gear going over than kids.

Actually, I just did some thinking on children's safety gear for a long-term trip
Sailing Safety Equipment for Children ? sailingwithkids.net
11-24-2013 09:35 PM
MauiPunter
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

Im in a similar situation. Our daughter is turning three and she is becoming more mobile. We are tethering her and have lifejacket on 24/7. Even when she is below. I have been considering the possibility of netting but I just cant stand the look of it. I feel like the tether and lifejacket is enough, but maybe I am wrong. If she is attached to the boat and has lifejacket on, what more can the netting provide? Is there any alternative to the netting.
08-15-2013 03:11 PM
windwalker
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

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Boats in San Diego?


Brian, Christie, Chase and Glen
Dad has a C&L Explorer, 36 foot, rigged for single handed sailing. My parents live on Coronado Island.

I sail on the sailing school's Hunter (maybe 28 foot?) and a Colgate (26, I think) back in Atlanta, when I can squeak in a lesson.

E
08-15-2013 03:04 PM
windwalker
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
Boats in San Diego?

I can give you a lot of advice, but will start here: get in with the other live aboards, esp with kids. That will make it a lot more fun and enjoyable. There is comfort in camraderie and it really takes boat parents and boat kids to understand boat parents and boat kids.

Let me know if you need anything! I hope you come to love the life like we did. Look above at my abbreviated post: Life at sea. That is what you have to look forward to!

Brian, Christie, Chase and Glen
A) My husband knows absolutely nothing about sailing, as in, he's only taken recreational day sails a dozen times with my father and I over the entire course of his life. His head is in the clouds.

B) We run an international wiring harness business - it is not conducive to being run from a boat.

C) Maybe after he experiences the on the water classes, he will have more of an appreciation for the skills, knowledge, and maintenance required by sailboats.

Best,

Elizabeth
08-15-2013 02:16 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

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Part time in San Diego, but most of the time in Atlanta.

I am going to start blogging more about my sailing experiences.

My husband surprised me by suggesting live aboard homeschooling. Yikes. Not my idea of a good time. (3 kids and 2 dachshunds)

E
Boats in San Diego?

I can give you a lot of advice, but will start here: get in with the other live aboards, esp with kids. That will make it a lot more fun and enjoyable. There is comfort in camraderie and it really takes boat parents and boat kids to understand boat parents and boat kids.

Let me know if you need anything! I hope you come to love the life like we did. Look above at my abbreviated post: Life at sea. That is what you have to look forward to!

Brian, Christie, Chase and Glen
08-15-2013 01:33 PM
windwalker
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

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Where are you based Elizabeth? We homeschool too. Always looking for other kid boats. We are currently in Marathon.

Brian
Part time in San Diego, but most of the time in Atlanta.

I am going to start blogging more about my sailing experiences.

My husband surprised me by suggesting live aboard homeschooling. Yikes. Not my idea of a good time. (3 kids and 2 dachshunds)

E
08-15-2013 10:29 AM
Cruisingdad
Re: Sailing with our 3 year old

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Originally Posted by windwalker View Post
We have always used a jack line until our kids are pushing 4 (we have three kids). At that point, they will stay in the cockpit or obey and go down into the cabin if things get rough, or we are in a high traffic area.

Our now nearly 6 and our 8 year old are allowed up to the bow pulpit in calm sailing, or are allowed to choose their seats (often the raised stern pulpit seats).

The kids love the boat. We saw rehabbed dolphins released on our Monday sail to open water (we homeschool) - quite an experience for the kids.

Elizabeth
Where are you based Elizabeth? We homeschool too. Always looking for other kid boats. We are currently in Marathon.

Brian
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