Originally Posted by cwyckham
Yeah, so far what's worked best is him lying down with mom or her wearing him in a front carrier. I'd like to be able to put him in a berth, but we haven't worked out a good way to do that. He has a little tent for napping in that we can tie down, but there's still a lot of room to slide around as we tack and pound.
We tried to beat for 10 hours a couple weeks ago. Broke off halfway there and found an alternate destination
. Not a good plan!
I did have a really cool naptime experience a few weeks ago, though. They were both asleep on a bench in the cockpit and I was sailing in light wind. The wind shut off about a quarter mile from the anchorage and would just show up for 10 minutes at a time.
Instead of starting the motor
, I tried to work those little bits of wind or drifted aimlessly in the sun. It was great fun to alternate between challenging myself in light wind and drifting while watching them sleep.
We got our Catalina 30
when my son was about 15 months old (He turned two last month). We mainly daysail without heading towards any specific destination. Obviously, the junior crew mandates stricter criteria for what is considered favorable weather
but we have the flexibility to pick points of sail that get us to and from our marina with minimal discomfort.
For naps, we usually bring a pack-n-play which fits perfectly in our saloon
between the L-shaped settee and forward bulkhead. Was planning to cut a couple of 2x4's to wedge between starboard settee and pack-n-play to keep it secure on port tack but never got around to it or really needed them. At nap time, we put Jr. down and close off the cabin
, if cool enough, or at least enough to be out of his sight. We have found that we like to heave-to aid in a successful nap as well as to give us some peaceful, relaxing adult downtime on deck.
When awake and above deck, Jr. has on a lifejacket, tethered harness, or both, at all times depending on situation. Our rule
that one adult on board is dedicated to minding Jr. at all times. We ideally like at least a third adult on board with us but our boat is very manageable if just the two of us. In a situation when the boat needs the attention of both adults, Jr. is either tethered to helm
in cockpit within arms reach, or put in pack-n-play down below until situation passes.
#2 is due next month so the whole system is out the window (porthole).