Margie and I have had some great families join us for sailing vacations. Its a lot of fun watching them explore a new environment, giving you a new perspective on what sailing and cruising is about. Here are few fond memories.
Caleb (13 mo.) spent much his week long trip with us in the center cockpit of our sailboat. we put the first hatch board in each companionway, it was tall enough to see over but he wasn’t able to climb out. What a great life, he could look down in the cabin at Margie in the galley, his parents or his brother steering the boat, or maybe a smile and a wave from me hanging out below. Having someone around within sight to interact with kept him from getting bored. Of course he also enjoyed playing on the beach at Boca Chita Island, giving him a chance to burn off a little steam.
We like to serve some type of dessert after each dinner, about the 3rd or 4th day of our trip with Mia (5 yrs) she announced to her family at the dinner table “I live for dessert”. Truly a statement I can relate to. Toward the end of our trip she asked her parents if Captain Margie and Captain Harold could come visit them at home. I think it was because she suspected that dessert would be served every day we were there visiting! Just so you know her
parents do give her dessert during weekend meals, she is not really deprived.
When we sail with the Boy Scouts (14-18 yrs) they are given jobs on the boat that are their responsibility. In the summer we sometimes get thunderstorms, after dark one night when we were at anchor when a strong cell hit us. I was sitting watching the chart plotter to make sure we did not drag anchor (visibility was near zero, very gusty winds and rain) and the boys were zipping down the side curtains of our cockpit enclosure. All of the sudden a hand reached over and swiveled the chart plotter around. Trying to remain calm I asked what was happening. I should have known that he needed a light to see how to zip the zipper. No, you can’t use my $1,000 chart plotter for a flashlight! We didn’t drag, stayed pretty dry, and the chart plotter made it through. I even showed him where to find the flashlight next time.
Living in a small space with kids might seem to be hard but there is enough to do to keep them engaged. The boat is small, but the surrounding are open and ever changing. It creates some wonderful memories.