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quentincloud

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sailing with young kids on your aloha?
« on: April 03, 2020, 11:56:52 AM »
Aloha everybody,
what kind of setup do you have on your aloha for safety when you cruise with young kids? I'm planning to go sail for the first time with my family this summer. (last 2 years I was new to sailing and was basically learning and getting enough experience to be comfortable bringing my family with me).
My daughter is 5 years old and I want to make sure she enjoys cruising with her dad :-) asking to older skippers in the forum here for some advices :-) I'm thinking about putting jack lines (which I would use also while solo sailing) and tether and teach my daughter how to use it - at all time (in addition to lifejacket) for when we are moving and she goes out of the cockpit. I know if she does not have enough freedom to move around she wont enjoy cruising.
any feedback or advices from old captain out there?

Quentin
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BobH

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Re: sailing with young kids on your aloha?
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2020, 02:02:10 PM »
We had a 28 and then the 34.  I dont know how their cockpits compare to the 27.  On both boats the kids wore lifejackets at all times and had to "keep your bum on the seat" at all times.  They didnt leave the cockpit while underway. I thought this was reasonably safe since we were rarely out in heavy weather.

jesse

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Re: sailing with young kids on your aloha?
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2020, 02:24:30 PM »
We've been sailing with our daughter since she was 2 years old (7 now), and we've just done the common sense things. Life jackets all of the time for everyone, and no leaving the cockpit while underway unless directly with an adult and only under calm conditions. And no monkeying around in the cockpit (bums on seat, or the cockpit floor). When she was younger we'd also only let her be somewhere down below where we could keep an eye on her, and with one of us directly in any kind of weather.

I think the jack line idea sounds good as long as your taking into account the weather, lines, sails etc. Make it fun, but keep it safe of course.

quentincloud

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Re: sailing with young kids on your aloha?
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2020, 04:46:43 PM »
Thanks for the feedback guys. I can't wait to go out on the boat with the family. (hopefully this summer if we are allowed to put the boat on the water by then...).
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