Questions & Answers
We don't what to overdo the packing. What are the essentials you recommend we bring for kids.
Life jackets (of course), snorkel, mask and fins (if old enough), a "Sea Window" type float (great for the younger ones). These are like small pool floats with a tether to hold on to, and a window to place your head over that shows you everything under the water just as a mask and snorkel would.
Board games, books, and... the all important... video iPod, iTouch, or portable DVD player (laptop will also do). Why electronics for kids on a yacht? Even the best kids need to get away and be alone for a while. Hard to do on a yacht. But, a favorite movie or saved TV show goes a long way to keep them happy and not totally alienated from their ?normal life?. Even the young ones like a chance to be in their ?own world? for a little while. Use sparingly or whenever you need the crew to be uninterrupted by the patter of little feet.
Seasickness goodies. The usual over the counter stuff will do, but also bring sea bands, and a bit of ginger or ginger candy (ginger root candy, ginger snaps, ginger ale, etc). All will come in handy (for at least one person, maybe more).
First aid. Bring your own first aid kit stocked with Band-aids, antibacterial spray / cream.
Nightlights. The young ones may be used to a nightlight. Instead of running the generator all night just to power a simple nightlight, look into a battery powered "tap light" or what we use: good old fashioned glow sticks. One per night of the cruise.
Keeping them busy and safe
On deck. A Life jacket (PFD) is a must. Especially when underway.
Remind the kids..
Always keep one hand on something!
Stay off the companion way stairs when underway.
Set your boundaries when you arrive so they know they can and can't do, and what to expect.
A good example.. .If you move out of the cockpit you need to have an adult with you and a lifejacket on. You can go as far as "fill in the blank" that's where you can walk around without an adult. That sort of thing. They will appreciate doing good by you and knowing how not to get yelled at.
Or you can take the Captain Bly approach..
"The beatings will continue until moral improves."
The unfortunate part: Cruel to be kind hasn't worked on the high seas for something like a century now.. Best to leave Bly's management style in the pages of history.
The back of the yacht. A.K.A Stern, swim platform, transom. We all know there is a propeller back there that could give you a nick if you were on some oddly built yacht... but on 99% of them it is soo far under it probably never will unless it grows a pair of fins and swims over to you, but your little ones can still get cut and scratched up back here. The swim ladder is at the stern of most yachts. Directly under the stern is the bottom side of the yacht. Simple so far. Under the yacht.. little barnacles like to attach themselves here. And these guys are sharp! If you find you or your little one sitting on the back of the yacht with feet swinging in the water (or at the bottom of the swim ladder) your feet may contact the underside of the boat.. even a slight tap will result is some nice little bleeders. Lots of anti-bacterial spray.. and you'll be fine. But be warned. Charter companies tend to not clean their bottoms often enough. We have gotten our share of nicks this way, but never something serious. Akin to a shaving cut. This tends to apply more to Catamarans than Monohulls for some reason.
Kids and WinchesChildren should never be around a working winch unless they are old enough and know how to use it. Young ones should always stay clear.
The Anchor windless (winch) can even be dangerous for adults. Respect the winches and the loads on them. They don't respect anyone (stupid winches!)
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