March 14th, 2004 - Open Knowledge
Mar. 14th, 2004
02:44 pm - Bareboat Cruising with Children
A Novice Sailor's Perspective
by Jennifer Widom
Although bareboat cruising vacations appear to be most popular among adventurous empty-nesters, a number of families do choose to travel by sailboat. While we rarely encounter other very young travelers during our land-based adventures, we do meet a handful of children while sailing, even in remote locales.
What sets our family apart is that we are novice sailors. In all the other cruising families we've met, one or both parents come from cruising families themselves, or have considerable sailing background of some sort. Not so us. Based on our family travels by camper, and brief glimpses at the cruising life during our old days of liveaboard scuba trips, Alex and I simply made a decision that bareboat vacations would probably be a lot of fun for our family. We were right.
(Note on terminology: In a "crewed" sailboat vacation, one charters a sailboat along with a skipper and possibly a cook. In a "bareboat" sailing vacation one charters the sailboat only, although normally it's far from "bare.")
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