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04-19-2012 06:30 PM
gus_452000
Re: What are your kids doing when cruising?

Kite flying is great fun and I have just bought a tiny video camera that records to a micro SD card, going to fix it to the kite this year and see what the video comes out like. I have seen it done before, and the kids like playing on the computer when theres nothing else to do and make movies, so a bit of overhead footage of the boat sailing should be great.
04-07-2012 03:41 PM
amyspins
Re: What are your kids doing when cruising?

Kite flying while sailing is a good bet, too - for little ones.

And I wouldn't discount the kids helping out with tasks on board. My 4 going on 5 loves to have certain jobs that are her responsibility - she practices getting fenders ready - she grinds winches -
We also have some fun games - magnetic words - we have little picture dice that she makes stories out of- washable paints are great too!
04-02-2012 01:31 PM
Bosunmoon
Re: What are your kids doing when cruising?

My 7-year-old daughter takes the helm on occasion. She even knows to fall off at signs of luffing. She keeps a surprisingly straight track.
11-29-2011 06:05 AM
HenryMonsun We take our now 7/9 yrs girls every summer on a multi-week trip and they always enjoy it a lot. An important thing to remember is that everyone needs a couple of days at the start to settle in, which we now know is normal. It takes about 3 days to get from the hectic rhythm of land life into the routine on the boat. We also involve our kids in boat handling routines, whenever possible. They take the dinghy and bring out the stern line, they have to steer for 5-10 min a few times a day when the opportunity arises, they help to hoist the sails, etc. We have them involved with all aspects of boat handling. And yes, there are also those times when they play in the cabin, or read or whatever, which after the first 3 days never seems to be a problem. I can only encourage taking kids along. For us it a very enjoyable family experience.
11-29-2011 01:47 AM
nikolajsen What are your kids doing when cruising?

Sailing & swimming.

Here on a 50 day cruise up the BC coast:


11-04-2011 07:31 PM
Cruisingdad Snorkeling... ahh... the fun...

10-08-2011 01:24 AM
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07-29-2011 01:07 AM
Christian Winkler
Towing the kids

You can do this only in few places and few situations. (No sharks, no jellys, no current, no waves, few wind) But when itīs possible itīs greatest possible fun for the kids! Still, be careful about your decision: if one looses the saftey rope you must get to him without using enginge!
07-23-2011 12:23 PM
ctl411 I got 5 year old twins boy/girl. Cleaning deck is a good one underway mom or dad runs the bucket kids love water on deck. Adj sails, ask them to grind in then you let out repeat till they catch on. Steering, helps if you have a boat to chase after. Spin halyard chair rides even my older sister almost 50 liked that last weekend, dip in water if temp permits or just drag feet in to get a swing going. On shore breaks rocks,driftwood, plants, flowers, bugs,birds hunts keep them busy and burn off energy .
07-21-2011 11:43 PM
Christian Winkler
Flag Painting

Try to get some white flags, let the kids paint on them, and then raise the flags. Kids will be working for hours and afterwords they will be proud to see them flying!
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