Originally Posted by ShinyShoe
2, 6 & 8... Eeek.
So 8 can be taught to helm, but with supervision.
2 year old needs to be in direct control of adult IMHO. So Mum needs a seat which she can have good hold and hold of 2 year old.
I think you are stereotyping. Mum can helm and dad can hold on!
Fwiw, I took mine from very young but only on short trips and in good weather. Tbh, I am not sure you will actually get enough good days whilst the youngest is still really young to worry too much. Often the dream and the reality of family boating don't match up, especially on a tight budget.