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Old 05 May 2013, 19:42   #1
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Kid proofing the sib

What kind of things are best for child proofing a sib- ie keeping little hands away from fuel tank, emergency kit etc?
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Old 05 May 2013, 19:45   #2
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Keep it on the top shelf in bathroom cabinate
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Youngest will be 3. Is it literally just bench bags or bow bags or is there something a little more sturdy out there?
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If your on the boat it's a keep an eye on them if your off the boat watch out for storing the boat in the garden & leaving tools about that can cause damage ( i once bought an outboard engine as the 4 metre Zodiac that it came from was a write off as the owners grandchildren had spent about 20 mins poking it all over with a garden fork ,

Suppose flares /knives/ fuel tanks / fire extinguishers & firing lifejacket gas cylinders are going to be the most obvious & dangerous but left alone young curious minds can switch on torches, activate cya lite sticks , Epirbs, vhf radios , probelly not a danger in itself until you come to use them & the battery's dead or its been dropped over the side .
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Keep it on the top shelf in bathroom cabinate
You must have a big cabinet!
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...or just spend the time telling them exactly why they must not go anywhere near them. nothing at home was child proofed (other than 2 baby gates), nor is anything on the boat. so far no accidents - this approach has got to be better as you know they will be just as safe when going into somebody elses house or on somebody elses boat which may well not be child proofed.
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Depends a bit on what you carry in the SIB & how big it is.
I'd keep safety kit in a flare jar tightly sealed & tooks in a box. The best 3 rules for with one so young are 1) watch them at all times 2) watch them at alll times and 3) watch them at all times.
A crew member can do this, not just you so you can concentrate on helming the boat. I'd be very wary of taking one so young out without another crew member.
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...or just spend the time telling them exactly why they must not go anywhere near them. .
Works for me, we didn't kiddie proof the boat, just taught the brats what was important, what was key and what they must never do unless told.

I now have an 8 year old that can helm, get someone the flares and operate the magic red button.

From the age of three they've learnt what each of the key things do, what they can touch and what they can't and as others have said - I still don't leave them alone.................
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Works for me, we didn't kiddie proof the boat, just taught the brats what was important, what was key and what they must never do unless told.

I now have an 8 year old that can helm, get someone the flares and operate the magic red button.

From the age of three they've learnt what each of the key things do, what they can touch and what they can't and as others have said - I still don't leave them alone.................
+ 1 totally agree - empower your kids

The same goes for inflatable lifejackets - of course use these with children - just show them exactly how they work and what the toggle is for - I never had any problems.
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