Holidays with children are special as it makes strong memories and works in favor of the emotional and mental development of a child. This is the best way to create some of the best memories on a chartered yacht – just imagine the memories you’d have of a catamaran charter around Antigua as a child! The idea of sailing between islands in clear oceans is mesmerizing. It is close to nature and if you are planning a sailing trip with your children, here are some great tips to make your holiday smoother and comfortable.
Go Sailing with Family and Children by Renting a Catamaran
You may charter a bareboat or hire a skilled skipper. There is no better way to enjoy sailing with your children. When you choose boats, the only drawback is that they have limited spaces, whereas a catamaran provides space and privacy as every family can occupy a hull separately, making it the ideal option for sailing with kids. Even if you choose a 38ft catamaran, it can easily accommodate 10 people. You can tag along with another family or two as it will be a perfect fit on all sides of the yacht.
Why Choose Catamarans?
Catamarans are the best option when it comes to sailing with family, especially with children. They are stable in water and there is no question of heeling over as it may be unpleasant for children. There is plenty of space inside and the galley and the cockpit are on the same level. So, whether your children are inside or outside, adults can supervise easily as they can see them. It is indeed the safest place for children to simply enjoy and relax.
A Safety Net Comes in Handy
The best time to go sailing with your children is when they are able to swim. However, if you still wish to go sailing, you can speak to the management about a safety net and they can install the same. A safety net helps when it is fixed to the boat’s stanchions and is made to stop humans as they have a tendency to go overboard especially when they are excited. A harness is definitely worth considering.
Life Jackets Are a Must
Children must mandatorily wear life jackets when they are underway. If you are sailing with your kids, you must carry your own life jacket or collect it from the agent. You can provide the age, weight, and size of your kid to ensure that they wear the life jacket with a perfect fit.
Follow the Rules
Form basic safety rules and make sure that your children abide by them. You can also seek instructions and assistance from the captain if you have hired a crewed yacht. The briefing session starts before departure and hence talking to your children about safety rules on board is important. Give them clear-cut instructions on how the head operates, tips to avoid the boom, and guidance on movement around the boat especially about the location of the handrails and hand grips. Lastly, pack all the medical items in your first aid box.