The biggest challenge right now is finding ways to schedule boat time between swimming, dance and soon Soccer etc. The 28footer we have is 30min drive and to go places of interest via boat from the slip is an all day trip to get there. I'm pretty sure I have a higher probability of getting boat time if I had the ability to do 55mph to points of interest then splash a boat for the local water adventure. Also easier to plan a camping or family vacation trip where the boat tags along and gets used during the vacation vs - the boat being the actual vacation in the case of the 28footer. Wife doesn't want to sell the big boat though she likes it...... We met racing sailboats..
That's the spirit! Teach yer kids teamwork, exercise, and the satisfaction of a job well done! They'll not only thank you for it later, they'll be less likely to get child-onset diabetes than the typical fat little fucks jiggling around in the back of their parent's speedboat.
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So finding a way to get us to a social event like say the Port Townsend sail/Oar folks show off the boats take people out for rides and talk about all the fun cool stuff they do would need to happen to sway the other half that there may be a better boat option we would use more etc.
Any tips on that front very much appreciated. She's very competitive and likes to sail so thats not an issue. The challenge is understanding a boat type and the use which she has never really experienced before given all her back ground is college racing, NY big boat racing and SF U20/lake and big boat racing. The 28footer before kids we did lots of little mini overnight trips today thats translated to camping and vacation rental house trips with grandparents in play so mom and dad get a break from the kids occasionally.
Having raised one set of kids already (2 in college & one who just graduated from college) and being back at it again with a 6 yr old, I can tell you it's easy to be overwhelmed by all the kids activities. But, just like none of us are likely to get picked to go race in the America's Cup, 99.9% of kids doing dance, soccer, swimming or whatever, aren't going to the Olympics, go pro, or become the next lead ballerina either. What's important from any of those activities is the life lessons they learn. Teamwork, perseverance, that hard work pays off, etc. those lessons and many more can also be taught on a boat. So you just prioritize boating at least as highly as the other activities. Not because you're being selfish, but because it's as good for them or better than those other activities. Plus it done with the family which has benefits to itself. Soccer, dance, and swimming are not family activities, though the may be heavily dependent on parental involvement (esp swimming!)
Plus when they grow up, what they'll remember is the times on the boat with you, not some random soccer game on a Saturday morning...
There's a great book called "first you must learn to row a small boat".