Join Date: Jun 2011
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Island hopping charter for young family -recommendations req'd
Spurred on by Cooper's thread about hitting PLI for his summer charter, I thought I'd ask for suggestions for a first time cruise for a family of newbies, using a 30' or smaller craft from Nanaimo. It's probably not going to happen, but here are the parameters worth considering in any case....
Experienced Dad, total newbie Mom plus 7 and 3 yr old monsters, chartering a 27-30' boat for the week in late August. Passages would have to be simple, sedate and with something at the end for the kids - exploring, beachcombing, swimming, fishing: that sort of thing. We're not worried about marinas and things, being tight-fisted buggers and would prefer to go feral and camp out, so to speak.
We'd have to ensure nothing too taxing and something that would ease the family into the whole idea that sailing is a fun, family thing, rather than something Dad forces us to do every year.
I thought that heading south to island hop would be good, as it offered multiple anchorages and places to go, although heading to Texada and Sechelt looks tempting, despite a likely 5hr passage - probably not a good idea regarding my earlier statement re taxing.
Anyhow, I open it to the floor to find out what people can recommend, and what their experiences with young families have been.