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Kids in the Cockpit: A Pilot Book to Safe and Happy Sailing with Children Paperback – 27 Sep 2005
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'An excellent pilot for taking kids afloat.' World Cruising Club Magazine (Spring/Summer 2007)
This book, based on 13 years of research and personal experience, isthe bible of boating with babies and children. Immensely practical andhighly entertaining, it contains a wealth of information on everyaspect of the business, including: Introducing children to sailing, ideas to keep them from beingbored on board, and tips for turning a mutineer into a midshipman Safety and suitability of different types of yacht; features to look for and those to avoid Dinghies suitable for use as both tender and sailing craft Personal safety and an in depth look at different types of children's lifejackets Ideas to help you cope with seasickness, or even avoid it altogether Absolutely everything you need to know about sailing or cruising with a baby Ocean cruising with kids, including home education.See all Product description
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Although perhaps more based on the experience of ocean going live-aboards, it still provides a very rounded view of all types of sailing with kids. (I'm interested in weekend family cruising and it certainly covered that well.)
It covers everything from nappies and feeding to lifejackets and harnesses, through keeping kids from getting board, to the different carriers and pushchairs you can use when you do go ashore.
The tone is generally not preachy, and that's a good thing. The author highlights the approach she and her partner have taken, and contrasts it with the experience of other people they met along the way.
The book covers kids of all ages, from babies right through to teenagers. It's been a great help to me, in planning for sailing with my own two kids (one 2 weeks, the other 2 years old).
Jill has drawn on her wealth of experience and that of other sailing families she has met to create this book. It will certainly become our bible as we introduce our new arrival to our 22 foot Itchen Ferry next spring!
Jill writes in an informative but light manner which makes this a very readable book.
Read it from cover to cover and then dip into it as and when you need.
Don't sell the boat just because the kids are rebelling - buy this book instead and I think your problems will be solved.
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However, there was a bit of a language barrier for me since the author is British and I am American. Although both our cultures speak English, we speak very different dialects. I found my reading slow going unless I was in front of a computer to look up words and phrases online (context is not always enought to impart meaning). Also, most of the sailing areas referenced are unfamiliar to me (British Isles, Mediterranean, West Africa, etc). Many of the product recommendations are also unfamiliar, as they are not available in my part of the world.
I did appreciate the author's matter-of-fact tone and enjoyed her dry sense of humor. Overall, Kids in the Cockpit is a worthwhile read but British sailors would undoubtedly rate it higher than I did, simply because they can relate more closely to the author.
Kindle users: this book comes out lovely on the Kindle.