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Old 25 May 2007, 16:29   #1
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Ideas to interest kids in Ribs

Hi All,
I'm looking for ideas to increase my kids' enthusiasm for going out in our rib. It's just me and my 2 kids (9 and 7). We started last season and my 7 yr old daughter (then 6) was extremely nervous at first. She hated it when we went from displacement up onto the plane, but gradually over the season her confidence increased so e.g. we got over to the Isle of Wight later in the summer (we're in Southampton).

However, when we went out this Easter, we seemed to be back to square one - screaming (in terror, not enjoyment!) when we tried to go faster.

We have a small rib (Ribcraft 4.8), but only go out when the weather's good, so I'm not doing anything overly ambitious. At the moment I'm a bit fed up, since my daughter just doesn't want to go out (but my 9 year old son is fine and enjoys it).

I'm looking for ideas that would make it more appealing, particularly for my daughter. Is it good to go out with other boats? What about places for lunch (we've been to the Folly but nowhere else), since they're always interested in food! Are trips to beaches good? In which case, which ones are easily accessible from So'ton? We've also tried fishing, which was a bit of a novelty for them.

We usually launch from Crosshouse Hard or sometimes Buckler's Hard. (Launching from Crosshouse with just 2 kids to hold the boat when I sort out the trailer makes me think that keelguard is a good idea...!)

Any input would be welcome. Thanks.

Gerry
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Old 25 May 2007, 16:37   #2
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Try letting her "drive" it makes a hell of a difference.

I bought my mate's kids an underwater viewer(bucket with glass bottom) and they love that.

You say she was screaming in terror - did you back off straight away? One of my mate's daughters was the same but within a few minutes she soon got used to the speed.
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Codders has the right idea, get them involved, teach them how to drive (under close supervision). I would even recommend sending them on an introductionary powerboat course, likely to be level 1 at that age. Jimbo on here does own boat tuition and has experience teaching youngersters.
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How about letting her take a friend. That eventually worked for me. Her friend was really enjoying herself so this seemed to make my daughter want to enjoy herself.

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I think the involvement thing is key, the two smaller Nashers needed some help with their boat confidance as they grew up.

If you have a fishfinder and/or GPS teach them how to use it and give them an important job like keeping an eye on the depth, or checking the heading.
Driving is certainly a help too.

Above all take it easy otherwise they'll be put off for good.

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Let them drive

Get them a donut and wetsuits

carry a small cheap dingy and let them go off and play in it whenever you are moored up at the beach . Tie it on a long line if its windy . Donut will double up for this .

Fishing works well

Most of all spend lots of time swimming to get maximium water confidence , pool in the winter of course .
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I agree... driving, good weather, tubing (my eldest dragged everywhere in the thing... 22 miles one time~ )

As I have learned with skiing/snowboarding though, just 'cause they're your kids, doesn't mean they'll love your hobbies. Make sure you share in their interests as well...
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I'm looking for ideas that would make it more appealing, particularly for my daughter. Is it good to go out with other boats? What about places for lunch (we've been to the Folly but nowhere else), since they're always interested in food! Are trips to beaches good? In which case, which ones are easily accessible from So'ton? We've also tried fishing, which was a bit of a novelty for them.

Any input would be welcome. Thanks.

Gerry
Shorter trips? How about Warsash? Or bimbling up/down Beaulieu or upriver to the Jolly Sailor (up the Hamble). She just may not like speed (yet). Including swimming in a safe spot & bringing a picnic also makes it fun for all. Stopping in Cowes itself would make it a shorter trip also. Could involve a spot of shopping as a sweetener (always popular with the girls!). Get her to plan the trip using a chart/GPS so she can feel more comfy & in control.

Is she enjoying that launching experience? Or is she hanging onto a boat in terror while you shout instructions and drive away with the trailer?

Can she swim? Is she afraid of the water? A trip to the swimming pool with her/swimming lessons to build her confidence?

Ask her! But would suggest not to force her. We can all remember being dragged along to things our parents must have imagined were good for us. If you can get her to associate Ribbing with FUN in her mind, you may be on a winner!

Good luck! Hope she ends up liking it as much as you but it may not just be her thing.

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My Daughter dosen't like salt spray in her face, in fact she hates it!

Try all the things mentioned above, they're all good suggestions, however another thing you could try is a helmet with a visor. This might give her a little more confidence by, keeping salt spray and water away, keeping the wind out, reduces the noise level and will generally make her much more comfortable which goes along way to helping her get used to boating life.
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Some good psycholgy above not sure about the water toys just yet though!

Where was she sitting?

What are the handholds like (suitablee for a 7 year olds little pinkies?)

Does she feel secure in the boat? Is she hydrophobic or just frightened of being thrown in?

If you launched at Crosshouse you could nip up the dock to the Test estuary its a six not crawl for a couple of miles then you have a water ski area.

If you need a hand to launch give me a shout. I'd be happy to help if I amnot at Sea
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