Tom, I want to echo what was said about how wonderful it is that your children are involved. My Dad and I worked on the boats together from the time when I was a pre-teen. We built a friendship, and ease in talking with each other, and a trust that has lasted our entire lifetime. Dad is now 90 and I am in my mid-60s, but I still think our relationship was strengthened by the times we shared when I was a kid. It is a wonderful thing that you are doing and you should be very proud of yourself, your daughter, and your son (and I assume your wife).
Thanks, Jeff. Boats and sailing are a part of our family. Both our children are very capable thanks to them always having an interest.
My daughter who now lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan took the week off to visit. She wanted to help me with boat work, as well. Attaching hand rails and dorade boxes - with me below and she above - was a breeze. We rolled and tipped our 38'er in 2 1/2 hours(prep was significantly more).
Our son, as well as some of his friends, own a few older (60's era) glass boats that are free these days. They have to do everything themselves to save money.
Our family had a hoot building a mast crane so we can step their masts for free from the public landing. Testing the crane in the driveway:
It worked the trick on our sons boat. He helped a friend with a similar old boat, blast out rotted deck core re-set leaking stantions, pulpits. I didn't get involved (all my tools did,...) They even stepped that mast with the crane, alone. When I pointed out his friends outboard was angled 20 degrees out of square to the waterline, he quickly built a stout new mount of wood - adding angle with a cleat - and bolted it through the old mount, in a couple hours. I was impressed(and told him so).
Whenever I read a typical millennial rant; kids glued to their devices, I think to myself, it's true. But they're doing everything we did, and texting a friend at the same time.