Daughters first boat ride

Discussion in 'Sea Ray Lifestyle & Cruising' started by BurgundyS24, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. BurgundyS24

    BurgundyS24 Member

    426
    Oct 5, 2014
    Napa, CA
    Sea Ray S24. full delta enclosure. Towed by 2007 Chevy 3500 duramax/allison combo.
    350 with closed fresh water cooling
    Daughter is getting more acclimated to water and is totally comfortable in the pool. Thought I would try the lake. It was rather windy when I went out yesterday with friends... same was the case today. The baby absolutely didn't mind however she was grinning ear to ear as we hit the wakes and white caps. Here we are on the hook and she's on the back of the boat with mom and grandma.

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  2. k9medic

    k9medic Active Member

    538
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    Our youngest was on the boat at 10 days old.

    It's a great way to grow up!


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  3. sdleo26

    sdleo26 Member

    523
    Feb 5, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    290 Amberjack 2004
    350 5.7 MAG MPI Horizons w/ V-drives
    I have a 3 week old and I am hesitant to bring him on the boat... what are people's thoughts on bringing a new born baby out on the boat in open water (bay) not ocean? I do not want to be irresponsible by any means
     
  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.
    Do it, but do it right. An adult must be "hands on" at all times. Babies are quick and wiggle a lot. My kids were brought up on boats and love 'em.
     
  5. eagleone

    eagleone Member

    97
    Aug 11, 2015
    lake michigan
    390 express cruiser 1985
    2-454 mercruisers
    Are youngest was on the boat at one week, made a bracket for the car seat to lock in. We had a plan if something went wrong kid went into the cooler that I made a life jacket for it to float up right even in waves, he is now 33, make it a family event.
     
  6. trflgrl

    trflgrl Active Member

    909
    Jun 23, 2014
    Middle Tennessee
    1989 Sundancer 300
    Twin 350 Merc/Alpha 1 Gen 1; Quicksilver 4.0 gen
    What awesome memories you're starting!!!

    ITA with GFC about having a baby wrangler at all times. They're slippery when they're slathered with sunscreen!

    Also, acclimate littles to flotation suits/jackets as early as possible; the folks in our crew who did encountered less resistance as the babies became toddlers and started asserting their own wills. On the flip side, a couple who have a 2.5 year old and a 1 year old have had only a handful of lake days since the first was born, as she refuses to wear her jacket, and the tantrums are unbearable for the whole family. Not to say kids who are acclimated will never throw tantrums, just that habits are strongest when they're exactly that: habits.
     
  7. BurgundyS24

    BurgundyS24 Member

    426
    Oct 5, 2014
    Napa, CA
    Sea Ray S24. full delta enclosure. Towed by 2007 Chevy 3500 duramax/allison combo.
    350 with closed fresh water cooling
    Underway she had her jacket on and absolutely had no problem. We took it off when grandma had her in the boat and in the float. The 8 year old that just started boating has tantrums about the life jacket being to tight..... she'll have to get over it!


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  8. velooce

    velooce Member

    264
    Jan 28, 2008
    Pacific Northwest
    1977 30' Weekender
    Twin Merc 454's, Hurth straight inboards
    Our oldest daughter was 3 weeks old on her first week long boat trip and our Grand daughter was 5 days old on her first dinner cruise.

    Our girls now adults absolutely love boating, one of the best decisions ever.
     
  9. sdleo26

    sdleo26 Member

    523
    Feb 5, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    290 Amberjack 2004
    350 5.7 MAG MPI Horizons w/ V-drives
    Thanks everyone, this makes me feel much better about getting him and mom on the boat ... love the cooler idea!! Sorry for high jacking the thread!
     
  10. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    With a proper flotation device and some precautions it should be fine. It's when they get mobile that things get hectic.
    My kids got used to wearing life jackets anytime they were on the boat and things stayed that way until they became teenagers.
    Get him in a pool ASAP and try to teach him to swim as soon as you can. I had both my kids comfortable in the pool with floaties on and me within arms reach by the time they were a year old and they could both tread water, doggie paddle, and float on their backs solo without floaties by their second summer. Naturally, I was in the water with them anytime they were in the water.
    The main thing is you want to get them to the point that they won't panic if they go in the water and they are able to naturally react to keep themselves afloat until you get to them.
     
  11. Stingrayaxe

    Stingrayaxe Member

    101
    Oct 29, 2015
    Crystal Lake
    2009 SeaRay 205 Sport
    2008 GMC Envoy
    5.0 Merc Alpha 1
    Son was born in March. Bought our first boat in June. He and his 2 year older sister grew up on the boat. 30 years later they both visit often and still want to go boating. Daughter and fiancé just drove up to northern Illinois from St. Louis just to go boating last weekend. Son and his wife are going this weekend. We all love being on the water. Now it's a Sea Ray instead of the Bayliner I started with!


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