Daughter taking the helm

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  1. romanservices

    romanservices Member

    180
    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    I love this picture!

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  2. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Nice shots. Were they taken this weekend? It was pretty cool on the upper Bay this weekend. I was wearing a jacket when I was driving the boat. Of course, I didn't have the front isinglass up...
     
  3. romanservices

    romanservices Member

    180
    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    Thanks. Yes we went out yesterday, the sun through the enclosure kept us nice and warm.
     
  4. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    That's a great age to get them started. Builds their confidence level & it won't be long before she'll be a good hand to have on board.
     
  5. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    513
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    My kids started young.

    Below is a photo of my oldest son driving our 23' boat in the keys when he was 7. I told him to keep it pointed towards the island in the photo and we cruised at about 5kts.

    The second photo is him running our 420AC on our way to the Abacos when he was 10. He's now 12 and he bought his own bass boat last year which he runs all over. When we are on the 420AC the only thing I do is untie. He runs the rest to include docking. I will admit I'm prideful when he pulls into a marina and people realize that a 12 year old is running things.

    I'm sure your daughter will grow up with similar experiences!


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    Last edited: May 23, 2017
  6. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Very nice pictures!
     
  7. rondds

    rondds Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Oct 3, 2006
    Jersey Shore
    2001 380DA
    Merc 8.1s (2008)...Hurth ZF 63 V-drives...WB 7.0 BCGD (2013), Garmin 8208 & 740 MFDs, GMR 24xHD dome
    10 years and one boat ago...

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  8. Smile Maker

    Smile Maker Member

    228
    Apr 22, 2008
    Guntersville AL
    06 220 SD 5.0L
    5.0L MPI Alpha I
    My 7 year old in avatar. Lost that cool hat sadly.
     
  9. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    Really neat pics! Great stories! My son and older daughter love the boat. He was more excited with the purchase process then I was this time around. He comes down every chance he gets. He is confident in handling the lines which is a big help! Gives the wife a break. I remember feeling the same way at his age when I was a kid...

    Of course I wished my dad had the boat I have now... LOL... We never graduated past our old 22' cuddy, but I learned a lot on it and ran it hard aground several times in South Jersey!!! Man has boating changed, for the better!
     
  10. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Member

    292
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    Great stories gentlemen it's wonderful to see the next generation learning and respecting the water start as young as you can ...I started my kids at age 6 on the dinghy learning how to navigate the channels on the south shore of Long Island which is not easy even with an experienced boater my older boy can run the boat now but he's definitely more comfortable in the ocean especially trolling and told him how to stay on a course following the Compass so that our lines don't get tangled last year my 10-year-old was running a 33 coastal! I am now looking for a 15 whaler for the older one to run in the bay hoping he is mature enough to always do the right thing it's hard to give over control sometimes but I know in a couple years he will be driving a car ugh[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]


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  11. Brent Nutting

    Brent Nutting Member

    70
    Mar 24, 2016
    Lk Saint Clair, Fair Haven, MI
    2002 480 Sedan Bridge
    10' Aventus RIB w/ 9.9 Merc
    Cat 3196
    Awesome that you guys have the little ones running the boat at their young ages. My father did the same thing with me when I was little, he instilled the love of boating in me and now all I want to do is spend more and more time aboard.
     
  12. QT1

    QT1 Member

    329
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1988 300 Weekender, Quality Time
    5.7 Mercruisers, Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 Stroke
    I would like to thank you for this great thread. I'm excited about teaching my son who turns 15 this Sunday (after I turn 60 on Friday!), especially since we plan on upgrading in the next few years. Learning how to use charts and GPS will come second nature to him as a gamer!
     
  13. romanservices

    romanservices Member

    180
    Aug 24, 2016
    Chesapeak Bay
    1999 Sea Ray 370 AC, Raymarine es98 - AlbaCombi NMEA2K converter -
    Twin 454 Horizon MAG MPI - replaced 2016
    This is great stuff, I'm so happy to be making these memories for my kid. When I was her age it was a completely different experience (not for the better). Every weekend for the past two months it's been the same question - "can we sleep on the boat tonight?". My little girl who will be turning 6 next month has displayed good discipline and respect for boating. Although she does complain about having to wear a life vest I think she understands why.
     
  14. Allan Fisher

    Allan Fisher New Member

    11
    Oct 4, 2017
    300 Sundancer 2000, Raymarine E120 GPS
    454 Mercruiser w/Bravo III Drives
    Nice pictures Roman. You must be feeling very proud of her.
     
  15. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    It's pretty cool when youngsters take the helm (under your watchful eyes). I have a 7 year old grandson who has driven Beachcomber several times. Surprisingly, he "gets it". He understands the connection between turning the wheel and steering the boat.

    He's going to be a decent skipper one of these days.
     
  16. capt steve

    capt steve Member

    144
    May 23, 2017
    north nj
    95 330 da no genny
    7.4 merc v-drive
    gotta love it. I bought this boat so that they would want to find it cool and always want to spend time with the family. friend of mine comes from a big great lakes sailing family , and even now we are in our 40's and they still go up and sail with the folks. IMG_2422.JPG
     
  17. NorCal Boater

    NorCal Boater Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2008
    Covington, LA
    Cobalt CM23
    GM SB 383" Stroker" Alpha Gen I
    If I may offer some advice....Teach him to read the compass and paper charts, how to handle the boat without a bow thruster, how to bring it in on one engine. When that has been mastered it's time to move to the electronics. This may already be your plan but he will be a better boater for it.
     
  18. Domingo

    Domingo New Member

    1
    Apr 27, 2017
    Berkshire, England
    2016 19SPX
    N/A
    Awesome pics Roman. Those are memories in the making. I still remember the first time my grandpa allowed me to take helm of his boat when I was a kid.
     

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