The best way to attach a car seat in the cabin is to install pad eyes with which to attach LATCH connectors. You will want to have him facing the bow so you can attach the pad eyes to a solid surface. In our case, our settee side butts up against the back wall of the galley
. Baby is almost in the center of the boat. Baby will be much safer in a 5 point harness, secure in his seat than rolling around in a bassinet in rough weather
. If you are worried about the baby not dealing well with a 25 degree heel- reduce your sail.
When the weather is fine, what really helps is to wear your baby. They will be happier being part of the action and close to mom or dad. Whoever is wearing the baby obviously isn't going to be doing any work on the deck
but you CAN use both hands. We use a Beco Gemini
carrier as we can wear our baby on our front or back and have use of our hands while knowing she is secure. The key is in being cautious with the weather as safety
is our first priority.
Here's a video of me wearing our daughter while sailing a year ago. She is now 2 and usually happy to be in her PFD
clipped in with her tether but I do wear her from time to time on the boat. For shore side excursions, the Beco is fantastic for when she gets tired of walking. There are several great carriers on the market- Beco, Ergo, Boba etc. Just don't get a Baby Bjorn or Snugglie where all the kids weight is on their crotch. OUCH! Make sure you get a sturdy, well built carrier designed for heavier kids. The Beco can be used for kids up to 40 pounds.
Kitty Goes Sailing | Babywearing while Sailing - YouTube