We had the two Grandkids on our Dufour
35 yesterday in Sydney
PFD's mandatory, but we bought ski vests rather than the collared versions and we got them to try them out in our swimming pool so they were confident should they fall off.
We have a boarding ladder which we leave down at all times at anchor
. One adult to be ready to dive overboard
at any time, no wallet, camera
or mobile phone
in pockets! We do take lots of photos and then make up a PDF book telling the story of their day out, which often gets taken to kindy and read out for news.
lines, rods keep them busy for a few hours, but you need to make sure that there is a chance of catching a fish
, we toss all back anyway.
is the BEST cubby house, hide a few treats in easy to find places, get the kids
to help find stuff you need
We have a kayak
and an inflatable dinghy
, even the 4 year old was happy to paddle with his dad on the kayak
. 6YO happy to swim to the beach 150M away with mum in the water
and granddad rowing in the dinghy
. BTW prop guards on outboard
props mandatory with little kids
in the water
near tenders and dinghys.
Our six year old grandson Ben sleeps over on our mooring
in Double Bay and wakes at 0600 desperate to fish
First times should be reasonably short, kids get bored quickly
Sam - (4 YO) packed a backpack of books
and games and was happy to go below for a rest in the forward cabin
. No screens, IPADS, or computers
on board and if we could ban the wives and mothers from using their phones (I wish) would be better.
Both kids helped drop and lift
Second earlier comments about steering
, or even controlling the autopilot
, Mr 6YO loves to steer, and is happy to wind
winches when sailing under headsail alone.
You really need to invest the time to make sure that they have a great time early and you will have a sailing mate for ever