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Old 19-09-2012, 19:01   #1
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Charter with almost 4 year old? Bad idea?

My wife and I are considering taking our almost 4 year old on a charter. We would have a separate captain, nanny, and keep a life jacket on her at all times on deck.

Are we just crazy? Or are there some tips or advice that would make this a great family trip.
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Old 19-09-2012, 19:24   #2
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Re: Charter with almost 4 year old? Bad idea?

No you are not crazy. I've run lots of charters for families with kids aging from 24 months to teenagers. Kids do just fine aboard. In fact, they commonly do better afloat than ashore.

A crewed charter, as you are planning, makes the logistics of this all easier too. This is important, because as you probably well know, one 4 year old versus two adults is not fair odds! Captain, nanny, and life jacket are all good ideas. Be sure of course that your captain knows your plans and that he personally is OK with kids aboard.

I've had lots of potential family charter bookings start out with exactly this question and they have all gone just fine. A few charter guests have even become repeat customers who brought their kids and their kids friends the second time around!
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Old 19-09-2012, 20:20   #3
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Re: Charter with almost 4 year old? Bad idea?


Ive had lots of young kids onboard check out this video of a family on charter
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Old 19-09-2012, 20:38   #4
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Thanks!! We are excited to start planning.
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Old 23-09-2012, 23:14   #5
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Re: Charter with almost 4 year old? Bad idea?

Sounds like a blast to me!
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Old 24-09-2012, 01:28   #6
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Re: Charter with almost 4 year old? Bad idea?

Unless the Nanny is a part of the boats crew anyway, I would leave the Nanny at home and share the experience with the child to make it family trip. There is so much bonding time to be had on the water. To have a nanny there, would simply steal that time away from you.

We had our kids on our boats almost from day one-almost :-D definitely keep the jacket on as you suggested. The rules with our kids, when they were younger, was that the jacket can only come off below decks. But must be put on before climbing the companionway.

We also had little ropes the kids could drag in the water and go "fishing" as they liked to call it. Of course, it was just a piece of rope with no hook, but they enjoyed it all the same. We had a printout of the local fish species and they could refer to it, wondering what big sea monster they were about to catch. You could do the same thing with birds and other animals of course.

A pillow case full of favorite toys was also handy. The rules were, if it could fit in the case, they could take it. But we were conscious of two issues. Electronic toys needing batteries and very small toys (like lego) getting lost. So, small toys could only be played with in one area and electronic toys needed to be shut off. Its the "Pirate Code - Navy Rules - Law of the Sea" or whatever fantastic fun name you choose to call it. But never, just the boring old landlubber rules lol.

Enjoy the trip :-D
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Old 24-09-2012, 01:47   #7
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Not a Charter - but 4 yo's and boats works .



Standard MO was that the kid (me!) got confined down below when docking / leaving port (one less thing to worry about!).

And although that boat was only 24 foot - we did sometimes also take the Nanny! (including on Vacations to France - only a hour or so away).
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