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04-22-2007 08:05 PM
sailingdog Arms and legs can be a problem on a monohull...if the kid gets tangled up and the boat heels suddenly, the kid could get seriously injured..
04-22-2007 05:58 PM
T34C
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Originally Posted by Bermuda30
Just be careful with the cargo net, as some of it's big eniugh for small arms and legs to get tangled in. Other than that, best bet is probably the mesh across the door.
Arms and legs are not really a problem. If they were you wouldn't be able to buy baby gates, they would have to be baby doors. Its things like heads and necks that you have to worry about.
04-22-2007 01:18 PM
Bermuda30
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Originally Posted by T34C
I found a cargo net from a car or truck worked great as a child containment devise. If they have the "bunge" cord top you'll need to run a peice of static line thru so it won't stretch.
Just be careful with the cargo net, as some of it's big eniugh for small arms and legs to get tangled in. Other than that, best bet is probably the mesh across the door.
04-17-2007 12:32 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by T34C
"Hypocritical AND dangerous" is riding a bike with your son or daughter in one of those rear seats, with or without a helmet.
That's why I use these things:


The only way I can afford boats is to not own a car, and this carries one child and a week's groceries, or two sailbags...
04-17-2007 10:35 AM
T34C I found a cargo net from a car or truck worked great as a child containment devise. If they have the "bunge" cord top you'll need to run a peice of static line thru so it won't stretch.

"Hypocritical AND dangerous" is riding a bike with your son or daughter in one of those rear seats, with or without a helmet.
04-16-2007 09:52 PM
Valiente
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Originally Posted by Idiens
What convinced me a long time ago to wear one on a motor cycle were the wise words of an ambulance driver:-

"Look, the chin strap makes it a lot easier for me to pick your head out of the ditch".
Heh. I've heard the use of a helmet makes the difference between an open or a closed coffin. From what I've seen, though, it's the consequences of living with a personality or intelligence-modifying brain injury rather than getting killed that bother me, and the helmet can improve one's chances.
04-16-2007 08:24 PM
Jotun Thanks for the suggestions. We've used the play pen, but put it in the cabin. I'm not sure it would fit in the v-berth of our Catalina 27. I guess I'll rig up some sort of lee cloth.
04-16-2007 06:00 PM
Idiens
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Originally Posted by Valiente
... I started wearing bike helmets in the '80s as a bike courier, because I saw what happened when you failed to die after being slammed into a pole or a mailbox: a new hat size, lots of shouting and a career in basket weaving and wallet-sewing.
What convinced me a long time ago to wear one on a motor cycle were the wise words of an ambulance driver:-

"Look, the chin strap makes it a lot easier for me to pick your head out of the ditch".
04-16-2007 05:34 PM
sailingdog TB-

It's not a race.. and it just goes to show that great minds think alike...
04-16-2007 04:43 PM
Valiente I recycled the netting once found on the foredeck in the V-berth. I also discovered that I could fit an entire Graco folding playpen into the V-berth and just wedge it with pillows. Worked like a charm at first.

Our son started sailing at five days old. We took him out in 25 knots by lashing down his car seat at 10 months old...he snored and farted most of the time. Once he was walking, he learned "one hand for the boat" as soon as possible, and he knows that "on deck" means "PFD at all times". He lashes on with a Gibb hook underway, and his parents know to wear their PFDs at all times, too...something that is not legally necessary, but then when I see my next door neighbour riding his bike without a helmet with his daughter WITH a helmet in a rear bike seat or a trailer, I think: "Hmm. Hypocritical AND dangerous".

I started wearing bike helmets in the '80s as a bike courier, because I saw what happened when you failed to die after being slammed into a pole or a mailbox: a new hat size, lots of shouting and a career in basket weaving and wallet-sewing.
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