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Old 26-05-2013, 16:01   #1
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Couldn't be any better

We took our North American Spirit out today, under great conditions, with our 3 year old daughter. It was said by many to me, she won't do well, she will be scared, won't have fun...blah blah blah

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So, we went out, and had a BLAST. Just wanted to share my joy and victory.


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Old 26-05-2013, 16:15   #2
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Re: Couldn't be any better

Cruising with kids is certainly not the easiest thing in the world but for us it sure has been worth it. Our oldest is 3 in July. She can climb the boarding ladder from the dinghy in nasty chop, clip on her own life vest, and move around fairly adeptly in a seaway down below while getting tossed about.

There's a pretty cool playground in Two Harbors, and Friday and Saturday nights around ~7pm (I think, maybe 8?) at the little bar area they have music and dancing, and there are tons of kids. Really an awesome experience. Our daughter still talks about "chips and salsa and dancing".

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Old 26-05-2013, 16:39   #3
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Great stuff!
Notes on a Circumnavigation.

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Old 26-05-2013, 17:46   #4
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Congratulations on sharing the joy of sailing with your daughter!

When our daughter was born we traded up from a Sunfish type to a huge for us 24 footer. She took to sailing in the Chesapeake Bay right away. She claimed the dinghy as "her boat." Our son joined our sailing family for his first cruise from New Haven to Block Island when he was 4 weeks old. That was nearly 40 years ago. Now they have each brought their own children into our life of sailing and we all enjoy our Tayana 42. All the grand kids enjoy the boat, whale sightings, fishing, splashing around Isthmus Cove at Two Harbors on Catalina Island.

Your beautiful daughter will bring more enjoyment to your sailing for many years to come. Enjoy.
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Old 26-05-2013, 18:23   #5
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As you've seen, silly people say silly things! My experience with 3 of my own and dozens of other kids is they simply adopt the reactions they see. Kids on boats is just natural fun!
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Old 26-05-2013, 19:08   #6
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I love it Cap. Little kids are cool. Had 3.

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