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Discussion in 'Pictures & Videos' started by romanservices, May 22, 2017.
I love this picture!
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...
Thanks. Yes we went out yesterday, the sun through the enclosure kept us nice and warm.
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.
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!
Very nice pictures!
10 years and one boat ago...
My 7 year old in avatar. Lost that cool hat sadly.
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!
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
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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.
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!
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.
Nice pictures Roman. You must be feeling very proud of her.
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.
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.
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.
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.