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05-10-2013 03:34 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Bill View Post
I am amazed by how many times I see kids on board without life jackets on. What do you do, have a go at the skipper or ignore it?
I will just ignore it. The kids fail to wear PFD is not becasue the skipper does not know the rules. He or she chooses to ignore it, so why bother to confront the issue. If you really have an urge, call the authority.

YMMV.
05-10-2013 11:07 AM
T37Chef
Quote:
Originally Posted by rockDAWG:1019914
May be it was just me. When our kids were young, we would not allow our kids swim in the Chesapeake Bay. But at that time, we were in the mid and upper Chesapeake bay. The lower bay is much cleaner.
To each their own...

There are places I wouldn't swim; the Patapsco, Back River, to name a few...Hart & Miller Island and North I think is safe. I wouldn't swim in most waters on the bay with an open wound or after a hard rain.


I spent many a summer as a kid on the bay, swam a lot and I seem OK...then again? LOL
05-10-2013 11:01 AM
T37Chef
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aussie Bill:1028036
I am amazed by how many times I see kids on board without life jackets on. What do you do, have a go at the skipper or ignore it?
Good topic to discuss, start a new thread
05-10-2013 10:51 AM
zz4gta
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

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Originally Posted by Aussie Bill View Post
I am amazed by how many times I see kids on board without life jackets on. What do you do, have a go at the skipper or ignore it?
That's a loaded question and probably deserves its own thread. I'm not the best at tactfully suggesting things, so I keep my nose out of it.
05-10-2013 05:16 AM
Aussie Bill
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

I am amazed by how many times I see kids on board without life jackets on. What do you do, have a go at the skipper or ignore it?
04-23-2013 10:16 AM
paperbird
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

Hmmm - we all swam all the time all over the Bay. Maybe that explains a few things...
04-22-2013 07:03 PM
rockDAWG
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

May be it was just me. When our kids were young, we would not allow our kids swim in the Chesapeake Bay. But at that time, we were in the mid and upper Chesapeake bay. The lower bay is much cleaner.
04-18-2013 10:18 PM
jjablonowski
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

Y'might look into a Nettle Net. Keeps the beasties out while you take a dunk.
04-18-2013 01:47 PM
T37Chef
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

As mentioned, as July & August approaches, the best time to swim, you're going to find that the nettles that far south will be a real nuisance and sometimes worse. (Thats one of the primary reasons we chose to keep our boat North of the bay bridge)

Consider some other things you can do as well, for those really warm days we have a large storage container we put in the cockpit and fill with water from the dock prior to departure. (if we use bay water to fill the container I add bleach in proper ratio). Kids fishing rods, you never know, they might catch dinner. We had two little play boat attached to a long string, love letting it and pulling it in for what seemed hours. We also rigged a swing from the dodger...all fun things for them.

At 4 yrs old, they are probably to young to start sailing, but the 6 yr old could start doing some things like taking the helm, read the charts and try to figure out the location, learn knots (good practice for me too!), a bird book to identify, etc...

Although we have not done any extended cruising, our longest day for us was a 14 hour sail from the St Marys River to St Michaels or about 90 miles IIRCC. Longest we have been without touching land was four days on the bay...never have they been bored or felt the need to get off the boat, more the Admiral then them LOL Maybe we're just lucky, but I believe it has a lot with how much you choose to involve them in the art of sailing and the cruising life itself, which it sounds like your doing all the right things

Cheers
04-18-2013 08:17 AM
paperbird
Re: Good place to anchor and have kids swim around in Cheasapeake Bay

Rinse with plenty of water. DON'T rub (that breaks open any remaining nematocysts and injects more of the toxin). Then apply vinegar or Adolphs meat tenderizer to neutralize.

YMMV
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