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|11-24-2010 11:43 AM|
Originally Posted by Fitz87 View Post
Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site
lots more good ideas in that thread, found here:
|11-22-2010 12:35 PM|
Originally Posted by CapnBilll View Post
|11-22-2010 12:23 PM|
|CapnBilll||My only concern for an extended cruise with my children is reinserting them into land school when finished.|
|11-15-2010 06:43 AM|
|LITTLESHIPS||My son came on board at three months old.... stayed on board till he was six and we moved ashore. Still have the boat. Difficult to get him out on the water...unless he has got mates with him. Says sailing Opti's round the cans is boring.Should have the baot ready to go sailing again real soon..even if just for weekends away. Can't wait!|
|08-26-2010 02:47 PM|
Originally Posted by skyvia View Post
|08-19-2010 05:09 PM|
|CaptainForce||We lived aboard and cruised before we had children and with our children from their infancy to adulthood. They are 30 and 33 now and indistinguishable from "normal" people. We didn't send them spinaker flying, but we did sometimes tie a bosun's chair to the clew of our larger genoa while on a stif broad reach,- great sport! Take care and joy, Aythya crew|
|08-19-2010 01:34 PM|
Cruising with teenagers
Well, just an update for those who know us or about us.
We're taking off in November for the second time with two teenagers aboard. Both girls. This time one will be 17 and the other 15; grades 12 and 10. The last time they were in grades 7 and 9 respectively and we cruised the entire 2007-2008 Atlantic cruising season. This time we'll be doing the same.
The main incentive for the upcoming cruise is the insistence of our two girls to do one more extended cruise with us, before they leave and go to university. So for those of you who fear you've left it too late - its NEVER too late, unless you're heading for, or already in, the box (which will happen soon enough ;-( )
Our girls have started their distance ed courses already and have another couple of months to get a good push in. Our trip itinerary will be highly dependent on allowing enough time for them to get work done, so we'll make passages less often and stay longer in places. I'm also working on an academic endeavor which will be well served by such a plan.
On many forums about cruising with children it would seem that there is an ideal age for cruising with children. We've cruised with our children since they were young and have enjoyed every age. The relationship changes but the fun and family experience remains. It might be "too late" when your kids are late teens and they've never sailed, but if they already know how wonderful it is, THEY might force you to go. I wish you all the same luck!
|05-11-2010 02:00 AM|
Put them to work, make part of it their responsibility, tell them you need their help. I let my boy steer the boat a lot, I always have. I point him in a direction, a point of land, a channel marker, or a compass point and he'll steer and do it well. He helps navigate, checks the GPS waypoints and charts, blows the jib sheets when we tack, helps fix the boat, helps clean the boat, you name it.
He's 13, but he's a dwarf so there are a lot of things he can't reach but we keep him busy with things he can reach. I value his perspective and he has good ideas that help us all. His input is important and he's a part of the crew and I wouldn't do it without him.
And he can cook.
|05-10-2010 02:37 PM|
Originally Posted by GraemeInCanada View Post
As far as unsafe to bring a baby onboard, why? Heck, it could be argued that it is safer with a baby than a child because a baby stays where you put them. When they are toddlers, they can wander some, but boats are typically pretty baby safe down below. Once they get older, with a strong understanding of do's and don'ts (no different than a house), they are as safe on a boat as most adults.
|05-10-2010 02:04 PM|
That spinnaker sailing looks really interesting, here is a link to instructions by the way: How spinnakers work
I'm curious as to how young people bring their children out. I've heard that it's unsafe and a bad idea to bring a baby onboard under the age of 6 months or so. Do babies get sea sick?
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