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Sailing: A family legacy.

Sailing means different things to different sailors. This season, I'm realizing it's a tie that connects generations. Not just in my family, but everywhere people sail.

Our two children came aboard as small fragile bundles (along with the boats provisions), 25 years ago.

This week I helped rig a boat of their own(our daughter -out of the frame - can tighten a backstay and take a picture).



The four of us, on two different boats, still sailed together. We never tire of the beauty, that is sailing.



The end of the sail, they wanted to raft up for dinner. The four of us enjoyed dinner on the water, together, just as we always have. It seemed as though nothing had changed in all those years. We've been sailing together forever.



The next morning, they cast off their lines and sailed silently on their way. Two natural sailors, in their element.

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The single largest factor in choosing our current boat was to have room and be an attraction (for various reasons) for family and friends to come along. It has worked big time. Very happy.


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Great pictures Tom and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Your kids bought their own boat, together? As cool as that sounds, its unusual - at first I assumed it was your son in law in the pictures. Either way, you are very lucky and thanks for sharing.


Lucky guy. I find it more and more difficult to get all three adult kids to come home at the same time anymore.
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Your kids bought their own boat, together? As cool as that sounds, its unusual - at first I assumed it was your son in law in the pictures. Either way, you are very lucky and thanks for sharing.


Lucky guy. I find it more and more difficult to get all three adult kids to come home at the same time anymore.
In fact our son owns the boat. After a few months on Craigslist - then turn down for donation - the owner(a friend) gave it to us(ok, I paid $1).

A nice little 26' 1968 Rhodes designed O'day, it's a sailaway boat with everything it needs and it all works, well.

But cosmetically tired, it has no real value in todays market. I told our daughter we'd get her a $1 boat as well(not hard to find) but she's content to sail on his.

Outside storage was cheap as is launching and he has use of a free mooring.

It's turning out to be a great little boat and he's sailing it constantly. It will be very well used this year by many kids in town.
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Great pictures Tom and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Your kids bought their own boat, together? As cool as that sounds, its unusual - at first I assumed it was your son in law in the pictures. Either way, you are very lucky and thanks for sharing.


Lucky guy. I find it more and more difficult to get all three adult kids to come home at the same time anymore.
I find that I visit with my parents when they are at their place in VT during ski season or they rent somewhere we'd like to go, but we almost NEVER go back where I grew up. No attraction for me, my wife or my kids and it's '6 hours from anywhere' and 12 from my home. Minne has it right- better attraction and they'll figure it out.
EDIT- And I forgot; they sold the boat, so can't even sail if we went home. REALLY no attraction as I hate golf.
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The single largest factor in choosing our current boat was to have room and be an attraction (for various reasons) for family and friends to come along. It has worked big time. Very happy.
It just dawned on my how well this has worked. I had family come stay with us last weekend (we are typically aboard from Fri to Mon, this past weekend was Thu-Tue).

They stayed aboard, while we had to go home for a couple of things! They are still there.
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Tom, that sounds really nice.
My oldest was raised circumnavigating (3 months old when we left Hawaii for Tahiti) and thereafter traveled with me (a professional captain) on everything from yachts to freighters until she was 12, when it was time for school. All her school vacations were spent on one sort of boat or another.
Today, she has no more interest in sailing than using the boat as a hotel to get out of the cold NE winters. That's fine with me because at least I get to see her.
Not that she has a bad life, is unhappy, or is 'missing' something by not sailing, (after all, she had more miles at sea than most ever will, by 12), it's just that I..........oh well.
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Wow, beautiful boats and it's great that you all continue to enjoy sailing together. Really nice pictures, too. My mother, for all her great attributes and the things she exposed me to, was always fearful of the water. To this day, she still jokes I must have been switched at birth. Luckily, my son enjoys sailing with me though he doesn't quite share my love of all things aquatic
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These things can skip time,or generations and continue.. I vaguely remember my grandfathers boat,which was gone by the time I was ten,,,, and my parents had no money to be in the sport at all. Then I come along, and grew up wishing for a boat, got one, my kids learned to sail at early ages, now grown up - we are taking a family sailing vacation all together this summer so it continues.

But it doesn't have to be continuous, it can start and stop and be reborn within the family tradition.
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We're watching my grandaughtor this morning while my son goes surfing. My wife mentions to me that we're going to go down to the boat after my son gets back. My granddaughter (she's 8 years old) says, "Aw,,, I want to go down to the boat!" So my son - who is getting ready to surf - says, "Take her down to the boat, but don't take her sailing. Wait for me. When I get out of the water, I'll join you and we can sail together". Nice.
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