Education Report: by John Tiller, Director
Suggestions for Mini-Crew Members
The July 2016
issue of Practical Sailor included an article titled
Mini Crew Must-Haves, addressing special on-the-water
suggestions for infants, toddlers and younger children, such
as grandchildren (
). While developed for sailboats where shade and air
conditioning are less prevalent than on power boats, these
suggestions appear useful for all of us. I have expanded
the list with some other ideas. I hate to mention brands,
but in some instances it seems necessary. I make no
UV-protective clothing. This is a great alternative or
supplement to applying sunscreen frequently, especially for
infants too young for sunscreen. Some brands also contain
The preference is for wide-brimmed hats with neck vails.
Floatable versions are practical. Hats are available with
sun protection up to at least UPF 50, stain- and
water-resistance, and breakaway chin clasps.
swimwear. This is available from Coolibar, with sun
protection and both chlorine and salt water resistance.
Observations are that the child is kept cooler as well.
They dry quickly. Other brands may have similar features.
footwear. Several versions are available with non-skid
and non-mar soles. Look for styles that provide adequate
heel and toe protection, lightweight, breathable, washable,
and fast drying. For independent types, Velcro closures and
similar features make shoe management easier. The Practical
Sailor author recommends the KEENS brands.
Clearly, take enough food, both snacks and meals. Carry
more than needed, in case the motor declines to perform or
weather delays your trip.
And more water. Kids can dehydrate faster than adult, so
nag them to drink. Keep the water cold or at least cool as
well. Some athletic drinks may be useful also, in case
dehydration is serious.
UV-protection and polarized versions are good on the water,
per my ophthalmologist.
Bring along some games and activities. Kids can get bored
quickly. I prefer items that provide some education, say
about the surrounding environment. Of course, many kids
prefer video games, so find some that fit the situation. My
grandchildren can use binoculars for long periods. You
might need a pair for each child. Some of mine also like
reading the maps to see where we are.
Flotation Devices. The Coast Guard provides sufficient
advice on this. Add a plastic whistle to the device and
practice having the child use it, that is, for older
Other safety devices.
I believe if I had a youngster working on deck with me,
especially on a sailboat, I would attach a harness.
Remember, Safety on the
Water is No Accident
Cruising News: by Joe Preece,
Grande Marina cruise took place May 20-22 lead by Harry
Ensley. Only 6 boats participated out of the 13 that had
signed up. Friday night Docktails were excellent as usual
and we all ate at Sisters Restaurant Saturday night followed
by dessert at either the Pink Elephant or the Miller’s boat.
Town was crowded due to the Tarpon Tournament but this
provided a nice art festival for Saturday during the day
combined with a trip to the Gulf for swimming with a
had a catastrophic engine failure so John Miller co-lead the
Cape Harbor Marina cruise on June 17 and 18th.
Cape Harbor proved to be a fun destination with a lot of
restaurants, including ice cream, live music plus a nice
pool and picnic area. Docktails followed by desert and music
on Friday, Rumrunners for dinner on Saturday again followed
by desert and music made for a fun weekend. There was a lot
of excitement on Friday as most of us arrived at the same
time. Navigating the lock, some uncertainty on where we were
supposed to dock, throw in a few heavy rain squalls all
combined for a memorable boating experience.
Harry Ensley will lead a cruise to Palm Island on July
22-24. Remember the pool is right next to the docks so
everyone can keep cool, play games and have refreshing
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