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Old 01-05-2016, 09:58   #1
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Kids safety and security - early morning and by night

Hi,

i just got my day skipper licence (ICC)

I don't know if I am writing on the correct forum.

We are a family of 6. Kids aged 12, 10, 7 and 5 and we are chartering a boat for a week this summer in Mallorca. I have my day skippers licence but am concerned about a few things where I am struggling to find good resource.

My two primary concerns are as follows:

1) early in the morning when everyone is asleep, or indeed during the night, how do I ensure that none of my kids wander up on deck? I understand that briefing them in the first instance is critical but are there any particular tricks, systems to ensure that I am alerted if one of the children tries to go up on deck while myself and my wife are asleep. Of particular concern are my 5 (particularly inquisitive) and 7 year olds.

2) somewhat paranoid I know but if we are on a pontoon or pier by night, how best to manage the security of the boat particularly in relation to someone wandering on board, one always being conscious of the security And safety of ones children.

Thanking you in Advance.

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Old 03-05-2016, 12:07   #2
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Re: Kids safety and security - early morning and by night

Great questions! I too am interested in the responses. I know you will get some great input here! Take care and enjoy the trip.

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Re: Kids safety and security - early morning and by night

I don't think it's paranoid. Any given minute a 5 YO can fall over and disappear. Sleep with your stateroom door open for one. I suppose you could buy one of those $10-15 "trip wire" alarms and put it across the companionway steps before you retire at night.
If it were your own boat I would recommend a latch inside the companionway hatch.
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Re: Kids safety and security - early morning and by night

Hi, & welcome to CF.

Regarding this thread, it'd be best if you talk to a moderator, & ask them to combine it with the other one with the exact same question(s) in it. Practical advice sought - kids safety and security

I'll see about posting an answer over there.
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We locked the salon doors at night. Nobody got in or out without making noise.
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