Hi agennai, We had 3 kids
on the boat but no toddlers - we had a baby, 6 year old & nine year old. The baby was easy because he was too young to walk and stayed in the bassinet being rocked to sleep by the rolling trade wind
swells or in Mummy's arms; and the 6 year old became a monkey in the rigging
, sure footed and confident, very quickly. We, of course had PFD's (lifejackets) on the kids
pretty much most of the time and during the night or rougher weather
, they were tethered to a strong point.
20 days at sea is long for an adult not just the kids! You don't mention what safety/tether system you have in place for your 2 and half year old? If it is just the two of you parents and your toddler on board, I strongly advise a custom light weight webbing harness that fits well and is permanently on your toddlers torso; you can then clip or unclip the tether from the harness quickly to the jackstay or other strong point. Also recommend netting covering the lifelines
. You guys are going to be busy keeping watch for 20 days and an inquisitive toddler can easily slip overboard
. So that's the safety
As for keeping a toddler entertained for 20 days at sea?!? Well, everything said in previous posts but I would add - fishing
with Mum & Dad, catching the flying fish
that will land on deck
, lots & lots of reading to her/him, looking at the stars at night and making up stories, etc.
I think it's fantastic you are taking your toddler on a wonderful experience. It's also a very healthy environment
- there are no viruses to catch from other humans at sea! Good luck.