Children aboard

Published on 19 march 2009 at 0h00

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Not a Boat Show or a week goes by without one of our readers contacting us about the question of children aboard: from babies to teenagers, there are many questions and genuine worries. However, after having chartered for a week in the Grenadines, or sailed round the Atlantic over a year, the return shows that everything goes incredibly well (fortunately)…
Why? Quite simply, because children have an ability to adapt which is 100 times greater than ours…

The catamaran: space and privacy

The general opinion of cruising families is that the hardest thing to cope with remains the boat’s cramped conditions, and what inevitably follows: the lack of privacy, for both children and their parents. And this privacy, this space available for each person, is easier to find in a catamaran than in any other boat…
So the system which appears to work most naturally is to have a children’s area, a parents’ area and a common area… It is up to everyone to define these spaces as they think best. For example, during a week’s cruise in the Virgin Islands, with two families (four adults and four children) the solution adopted was one hull per family (the children thus having two cabins available), the saloon for the children, who could then eat, watch a film, draw, etc., whilst the parents took over the cockpit, where they could put the world to rights until early in the morning, without disturbing their offspring with their libations… This system is even more attractive, as from a safety ...

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