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Old 19 January 2009, 12:53   #11
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I don't like the Idea of taking a baby out on a RIB for the before mentioned resons. In actual fact I don't even like the Idea of any child onboard that can't hold on or can't even walk ie look after themselves.

You'd only need to get hit by a big wake of a passing ship or boat to seriously hurt the baby by jarring the neck or body. There are so many things that can go wrong it just isn't worth the risk in my opinion.

My Son is 7 years old and even at this age I am very concious about his welfare whilst underway. With his arms outstretched holding onto a grab handle his face is less than 12"s away from smashing into the console.
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Old 19 January 2009, 13:35   #12
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I'll be in the same position this summer with a 6 month old boy.

Pazter - Saw a baby in a sling last summer - looked a bit vulnerable.

I think that a small child must be in some sort of car seat and probably best to wait until they're out of the rear facing one.

Think i'll see how a trip up and down the river at slow speed goes. Lunch at the Jolly Sailor!

Chris - Like the picture of the car seat on the seat pod - I guess an isofix bracket could be bolted in place to secure a forward facing car seat. Interesting that the lifejacket fits under the straps. A bit older than 6 months though - maybe i'll need to wait until summer 2010.

Hightower - We have a 7 year old as well - I worry about teeth so close to a grab handle every time we go out, although not sure where these ship wakes "suddenly" appear from - can normally see them coming and slow down in time - bearing in mind with a small child on board would be going slower than "big boys speed".

Tony - Agree totally - going out for a blast is not for the kids. Grown ups only and mum can probably stay at home too!

Polwart - some good points there - I think you've hit the nail on the head when you say "Genuine ribbing and babies don't mix well - but pottering round the harbour might be OK so long as its thought out and you can be flexible enough to change plans/adapt if not happy." I can imagine myself pottering down the Hamble getting to the bottom and either they like it or don't. It they don't then plan B is brought into actoin and it's lunch at the Jolly again!
Definately only for sunny, flat days and no more than 20 minutes at a time.

Food for thought.

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Old 19 January 2009, 15:44   #13
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I have a 14 month old son and he has certainly not been on the boat yet for all the above mentioned reasons. I am thinking about taking him out across to another island in the summer if all conditions are good (it's about a 2 minute run or less normally). However, let's see what happens as the time gets closer, I'll probably end up not doing it.

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Old 19 January 2009, 18:00   #14
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Hightower - We have a 7 year old as well - I worry about teeth so close to a grab handle every time we go out, although not sure where these ship wakes "suddenly" appear from - can normally see them coming and slow down in time - bearing in mind with a small child on board would be going slower than "big boys speed".

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Whilst at anchor fishing we get buffeted around a fair bit by the odd wake. If you got caught unawares which I think must happen to everyone at some time, with a baby on board then there is too much a risk.

But this is my opinion and have even trained my Son what to do if I get into difficulties....If he's listened to me
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Old 20 January 2009, 04:13   #15
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What goes down ....

We took our 8 month baby on a very gentle river cruise. Skipper (me) thought a few tight turns might be a bit of fun - until baby, mum and the bilges were suddenly awash with baby sick.

Mum was not amused

It doesn't take much to make the little ones sick.
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We took our 8 month baby on a very gentle river cruise. Skipper (me) thought a few tight turns might be a bit of fun - until baby, mum and the bilges were suddenly awash with baby sick.

Mum was not amused

It doesn't take much to make the little ones sick.
Well a river cruise would be OK I guess

Just keep the tight turns to a minimum.
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Old 20 January 2009, 14:52   #17
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NAH!!!
Dont listen to 'em I take my ol' dog, a Jack russell terrier all the time in my boat, he's even got his own life jacket, AND HE LOVES RIBS, He's even called skipper.
Dogs and babies are nearly the same, (just that dogs dont cry as much)
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Hi,

my experience with my son was fantastic. Last year with 10 month, this year with 22 month. I build a car-seat in my ZAR and he always wanted go out by boat. He had to wear a lifejacket in the seat. This protected him from wind an supported the neck.

The only difference to the TS, we were located in Croatia and it was quite warm. And I got a speedlimit of 25 kn (Mum said so :-( )

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Hi,

my experience with my son was fantastic. Last year with 10 month, this year with 22 month. I build a car-seat in my ZAR and he always wanted go out by boat. He had to wear a lifejacket in the seat. This protected him from wind an supported the neck.

The only difference to the TS, we were located in Croatia and it was quite warm. And I got a speedlimit of 25 kn (Mum said so :-( )

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It's more to do with seas state than temperature is the point were making...
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Have looked online at lifejackets and they certainly make them for as young as 3 months!
Ahh, how cute is that? I'm waiting for someone with enough courage to start a thread entitled: "Wives and ribs....do they go together?".
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