First, whatever doubts you have, do it! It truly is a life changing experience. Everything will be magnified, the highs and the lows. We tried to paint
a pretty unvarnished picture on our blog.
I would say each definitely has to have their own space. It doesn't have to be a cabin
. On alchemy, we only had one door, to the head
, and the three boys only had pilot and quarter berths with curtains. But it was enough.
I don't think you have to go overboard
with toys. I think all we took was Legos. We had a few others, baseball gloves, frisbee, couple of board games. They never made it out of the locker.
Reading is key. When we started, our youngest of 8 was an emerging reader. By the end, he was on Percy Jackson. The boys read for at least 1-2 hours a day.
Homeschooling was not our greatest success. *Cough*, we'll just move on shall we?
I would say that there are two main factors for success.
Counterintuitively, being on a boat... Don't be on the boat too much. Captains love sailing, but I found kids generally are not. Make the sailing as little as possible and get to places you can play ashore. Now that doesn't mean spend months on the hook. One recent blog post showed all the places we have been, it was a lot. Our strategy was to move frequently, but short distances. There was always something new to see, things to do and Pan o'chocolate to eat!
I'll try and post some pictures of our boat so you can see the size and pictures of our adventures ashore.