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03-13-2012 06:57 PM
gus_452000
Re: Cruising w/ Kids: Don't leave 'em behind!

I would like to think, we will have maybe 6-10 years as a family, then they go to University and marriage etc and I will have a few years of just myself sailing happily away in to the sunset (lol, best plans of mice and men) and then slowly they will, return for holidays on the boat with the grandkids (again mice and men). But whilst they can come why not, there good kids and I am as proud as punch of them.
03-13-2012 06:16 PM
MarkSF
Re: Cruising w/ Kids: Don't leave 'em behind!

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Originally Posted by gus_452000 View Post
Well this will be my first post so here goes...
Being a little different (maybe) its just me and the four kids, and I wanted to have a proper sailing holiday for years, trully love the sea, and crewed in my younger days.
Anyhow long story short, I/we (the kids and I) found ourselves in this position of just myself and themselves and after a lot of struggles could finally afford a holiday so we went on a charter boat for 2 weeks. We loved it but to make sure it wasn't just fond memories we went again, and again, I loved it and more importantly the kids loved it even more, so now we are buying are first boat and going to try and make use of it whenever the kids have time off from school/college.
If I am 100% honest, I was terrified of taking them on the charter boat, but wow, it gave them a self of importance by each of them having there own jobs, a belief in that they can do things for themselves and more importantly, made us even closer as a family.
So as a five some were going to spend the summmer crusing around the Med as best we can, because I know one day, it will be just myself, as they will all have there own familys and they will be doing there own things, so whilst I can my little lot will go whenever I have the time.
Our family holidays as a kid were always on the Broads. That's when I started sailing, in a little gunter rigged dinghy. Anyway maybe you've planted the seeds and when they grow up they'll think about starting to sail again.
03-13-2012 06:07 PM
MarkSF
Re: Cruising w/ Kids: Don't leave 'em behind!

I thought they meant literally. Once we stopped for lunch on the Norfolk Broads, and left the dog behind. After 10 mins cruising someone noticed that the dog was missing, and we re-traced our steps. Poor thing was standing on the dock waiting for us.

So I'd suggest a crew audit at every departure. Count them.
03-12-2012 12:47 PM
gus_452000
Re: Cruising w/ Kids: Don't leave 'em behind!

Well this will be my first post so here goes...
Being a little different (maybe) its just me and the four kids, and I wanted to have a proper sailing holiday for years, trully love the sea, and crewed in my younger days.
Anyhow long story short, I/we (the kids and I) found ourselves in this position of just myself and themselves and after a lot of struggles could finally afford a holiday so we went on a charter boat for 2 weeks. We loved it but to make sure it wasn't just fond memories we went again, and again, I loved it and more importantly the kids loved it even more, so now we are buying are first boat and going to try and make use of it whenever the kids have time off from school/college.
If I am 100% honest, I was terrified of taking them on the charter boat, but wow, it gave them a self of importance by each of them having there own jobs, a belief in that they can do things for themselves and more importantly, made us even closer as a family.
So as a five some were going to spend the summmer crusing around the Med as best we can, because I know one day, it will be just myself, as they will all have there own familys and they will be doing there own things, so whilst I can my little lot will go whenever I have the time.
02-28-2012 01:25 AM
RatHatDiver
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Originally Posted by jpian0923 View Post
trying to get to ten posts. ignore me
Post away. We sail out of San Diego as well. Welcome to the forum. Im new as well. Great place here for sailors.
02-22-2012 03:59 PM
wright1d
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Originally Posted by n8kraft View Post
Thanks for the info about the kid's harness. My wife and I have a new boat and a baby on the way. The boat gets here before the baby, but we've got our work ahead of us. Getting the boat is one way for us to spend more time together as a family, cruising. I see it as having fewer "real life" distractions so we can just have fun at our own place scoping out the world and all it has to offer us.
I wish you luck with the bringing together thing while they are young. In our case it seems to pull us apart more then bring together as having an older boat it needs a fair amount of love and that is hard to do when you have a little one around as fiberglass, paint, tools, ect are not really great for them at that age. Once you get out on the water that may be a different experience!

Now that my youngest is 4 I'm thinking its going to be better this year but still makes it hard to get boat projects done.
02-17-2012 06:07 PM
NateKing
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
You know, I was right with you until the last line, where you sound like a true Dude In Cold Kansas.
Fair enough.

Honestly though, I hope I didn't offend anybody with my last post. I was just having a little fun.
02-17-2012 09:29 AM
bljones
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Originally Posted by NateKing View Post
This post made me laugh. As far as I'm concerned keep it up.

If this is really a big deal, maybe there should be a review board that looks at new peoples posts and evaluates them, and then if the post isn't good enough, they can make it not count. We wqnt quality not quantity.

I don't even have kids, I only read this thread because the title is genius. When I read it I envisioned somebody sitting little Johnny down and saying "Son, you're the man of the house now. I want you to take good care of your sister. Your mom & I want you to know that we love you both very much, but we are going cruising and I don't think we can take you with us.". & little little Johnny's like "but I'm 8" and the dad says "Don't argue with me son. Like I've always told you life's not easy". & Johnny says "but that's not fair" and the dad interrupts "Life's not fair. Now help us carry our bags out to the car."

And then two weeks later the mom reads this thread and is like "I told you we didn't have to leave them at home."

Reading back through this I realize that the Directors In Charge of Knowledge on Sailnet will most likely deem this post unworthy of counting, but that is ok with me.
You know, I was right with you until the last line, where you sound like a true Dude In Cold Kansas.
02-17-2012 03:04 AM
n8kraft Thanks for the info about the kid's harness. My wife and I have a new boat and a baby on the way. The boat gets here before the baby, but we've got our work ahead of us. Getting the boat is one way for us to spend more time together as a family, cruising. I see it as having fewer "real life" distractions so we can just have fun at our own place scoping out the world and all it has to offer us.
02-17-2012 02:40 AM
NateKing
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Originally Posted by jpian0923:832117
trying to get to ten posts. ignore me
This post made me laugh. As far as I'm concerned keep it up.

If this is really a big deal, maybe there should be a review board that looks at new peoples posts and evaluates them, and then if the post isn't good enough, they can make it not count. We wqnt quality not quantity.

I don't even have kids, I only read this thread because the title is genius. When I read it I envisioned somebody sitting little Johnny down and saying "Son, you're the man of the house now. I want you to take good care of your sister. Your mom & I want you to know that we love you both very much, but we are going cruising and I don't think we can take you with us.". & little little Johnny's like "but I'm 8" and the dad says "Don't argue with me son. Like I've always told you life's not easy". & Johnny says "but that's not fair" and the dad interrupts "Life's not fair. Now help us carry our bags out to the car."

And then two weeks later the mom reads this thread and is like "I told you we didn't have to leave them at home."

Reading back through this I realize that the Directors In Charge of Knowledge on Sailnet will most likely deem this post unworthy of counting, but that is ok with me.
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