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Old 06-06-2013, 11:28 AM   #21
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If it's not going to be an extended cruise, how about letting her bring a friend along? I always did that with my kids when we were going to be out all day or even over night trips. That gives 'em someone their own age to talk to.

The guest cruisers enjoy being aboard (if they're the 'right' guest!!) and enjoy helping out with the lines and fenders and other chores on board.

It also lets your daughter be someone what of a hero because in the eyes of her friend, she gets to do this all the time and the friend only gets to do it when she's invited along.

Also, when you're picking board games get a wide variety of games for a wide variety of ages. Sometimes the teenagers like to take a shot at Candyland one day then Scrabble the next.
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:46 AM   #22
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Bring a couple of books , it may be the first time she is exposed to them .
What kind of kids are you around? The ones I know read plenty. Even if they don't like it as it is an english class assignment.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:15 PM   #23
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What kind of kids are you around? The ones I know read plenty. Even if they don't like it as it is an english class assignment.
Thanks, Mahal. I forgot books. All the kids usually bring a book and read at least one while on board. At nights sometimes the 6 of us will lay on the bow watching for falling stars. When away from light pollution the night sky is amazing.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:34 PM   #24
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Results of trip with pre teen

Sorry so slow in posting the results of taking our electronically addicted pre teen with us while moving the boat.
There were good times and bad, mostly good. We'll skip the bad.
She entertained herself at both marinas we stayed at by catching what looked like baby puffer fish in a glass. She had a blast.
A friend told me they are too poisonous to be catching so we stopped it after that. Is that true?
We wound up going out in the ocean both days as we read the ICW between Brunswick and Hilton Head is crazy difficult. First day was fine, second was far too bouncy. It was supposed to be 3-4 foot waves but there was a long period of probably 4-6 foot. I didn't do so well with that.
She wound up being a natural jumping on and off the boat and has started learning to help with the lines. She also loved washing the boat down!
We saw plenty of dolphins heading out and heading back in. That was fun.
We anchored out which went great. It was our first time and I was nervous about it but no trouble at all. We had planned to take the dinghy out for the first time while at anchor. Unfortunately, due to the weather and arriving later than expected to the anchorage, that didn't' happen. My hubby and I had a great time (except for the few hours of bouncy water), so did our older daughter. I think our pre teen had enough fun that she's looking forward to returning to the boat. That's satisfying enough for her first experience.
One thing I'm sure of now after 2 trips that were completely about moving the boat from point A to point B. I want to "cruise" not be on such a tight schedule. I'm thinking the extra insurance money may be worth it to not have to rush to get out of Florida... Thanks again for all the good advise.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:52 PM   #25
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I would call that a very successful trip. Hats off to all aboard. Delivering a new boat can be full of surprises. Mixing family with that was very brave. So happy for you. Maybe we will see you around Hilton Head. Well done.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:05 PM   #26
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During our cruise with our 4 and 9 year old, we left our berth early in the morning (5am) and arrived at our next destination usually before noon.
During our time underway, our kids were allowed to:
Spray the seawater hose on deck
Mop (they had fun doing it)
Watch limited amount of TV/DVD
Play with Ipad or nintendo (time limited)
Play board games
Eat
Climb on boat
Fly kites
Steer boat (that did not work out well unless the auto helm was engaged.
Call relatives on phone
Write postcards
Write in journal about trip
Help with engine room checks


While not under way,
Fish
hike
kayak
explore beaches
crab
shrimp
swim
climb on boat
chat up other boats in harbor (sorry, other boats!)
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