I can recall
when my son was a baby (we had him out on our Folkboat
for the first time at 10 days!), he was an absolute joy when under sail, even in relatively boisterous conditions. However, as soon as we dropped the sails
and turned on the engine
to return to the dock
he would start screaming. The point is that he loved the motion of the boat when under sail (and I assume, the relative lack of noise
- although a stereo didn't bother him). Would he have enjoyed the motion on a catamaran
as much as that little mono? Possibly.
Sailing on a monohull
with a baby required some real caution and some creativity - we removed the frame, suspension and wheels from an old pram and wedged the carrier and landau top into the cockpit
or cabin sole
. Hardly convenient, but when wedged in with blankets, a relatively safe environment
with a built in sun shade. Obviously, finding a safe place either on deck
or below would have been much easier on a catamaran
When he started to walk (his second season) there were more bumps and scrapes than I care to recall
- and again, I have no doubt this would have been less of a problem on a cat. Even as he got a bit older and started bringing friends along for the weekend, there had to be increased vigilance over these young landlubbers when the boat was heeling. Again, the advantage goes to the cat.
, playing with toys, using crayons on the saloon
table - again, all would have been much easier on our current
cat. But would he have enjoyed the motion as much as on our old monohulls? I really don't know. I could definitely see how the more gentle motion of a full keel
mono with a seakindly hull
could be more pleasant for an infant than the more jerky motion of most catamarans. And while the risks and difficulties posed by heeling did cause us concerns, he (and his friends) seemed to love it!