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Old 03 May 2021, 13:34   #21
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A bow dodger made of clear material might do the trick. I have one on my sib and was amazed at the difference it makes


On a Scorpion ?
Each to their own but Iím guessing the OP wonít go down that particular road.
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Old 03 May 2021, 14:25   #22
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Been taking my lad out since he was a few months old. Windscreen above all else. Makes such a difference for little people. Another recommendation whatever pfd / lifejacket you get them allow them to test if out in a swimming pool and get used to it, understand why they wear it. My lad loves his buoyancy aid now and asks to put it on when he is swimming in the sea despite being a very confident swimming in pools etc. Finding one that has good buoyancy and head support / floating orientation without being too bulky is key too, we have found some of the decathalon ones are good.
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In that case a Windscreen should be Top Priority!
Keep the RIB...heavy...slamming...thirsty....bad handling/sea keeping Hardboat will just give you other problems to contend with..A decent screen will make a Big difference!
......Warm wether will soon be with us
Thats just natural progression with a family!
That heavy slammy poor handling boat becomes a haven when your sat in your favourite anchorage & its pissing down & your sat with your feet up & the heater on.
The time I appreciated the hard boat the most was climbing back onboard with 4 of my pals after a frosty new years day dive & sitting next to the heater with a hot cuppa and a bacon roll.
Ribs are great............But sometimes not so great too ,
Theres pros & cons for all boats.

Well except sailboats maybe
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Theres pros & cons for all boats.
Well except sailboats maybe
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Thats just natural progression with a family!
That heavy slammy poor handling boat becomes a haven when your sat in your favourite anchorage & its pissing down & your sat with your feet up & the heater on.
The time I appreciated the hard boat the most was climbing back onboard with 4 of my pals after a frosty new years day dive & sitting next to the heater with a hot cuppa and a bacon roll.
Ribs are great............But sometimes not so great too ,
Theres pros & cons for all boats.

Well except sailboats maybe
Horses for courses....(and "Jockey's"!)and a lot depends on the type of Boating you do or wish to do....distances travelled at Sea wthin time parameters...ease of Towing/Launching ...variety of interesting venues you may wish to see and visit country wide (or even further afield) ...personal weather/Sea state perimeters...costs involved inc mooring/lifting/storage maintanance... depreciation ect ect
Things family wise do defiantly get a lot easier as the children grow up for sure ...and passengers soon evolve into Crew!...but it's surprising how soon they fly the nest..and that is often when you can (practically and financially) really explore your boating preferences...
not to mention how well you and your Wife.. DO actually get on!


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Thank you everyone. Family trips are calshot to cowes and up to the folly in general. Nothing extreme, all suits, helmets and goggle suggestions appreciated. I might not put her in a proper helmet. I appreciate the padding and insulation but I always feared the impact of a helmet when I raced, should I fall in. On a small person with a small head/neck I fear drowning even more. Goggles and some form of head protection seem common sense after a windscreen. Can’t believe I didn’t think of all of those. ��

I have decided to fake an interest in fishing that should permit time out with the boys on the boat without the family. I won’t fish or take fishing gear but I’ll be first to the buoy!!
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I have decided to fake an interest in fishing that should permit time out with the boys on the boat without the family. I wonít fish or take fishing gear but Iíll be first to the buoy!!
Think I've spotted the flaw in your cunning plan....
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I have decided to fake an interest in fishing that should permit time out with the boys on the boat without the family. I wonít fish or take fishing gear but Iíll be first to the buoy!![/QUOTE]

If all you want is occasional time out with the boys why not tell/ask your partner/wife/friend and off you go. Can never understand this SWMBO thing. It must be grim being under the thumb👎🏻
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I'm not sure that being sat on Mum's lap is ideal either - your daughter will have to rely on being held - rather than holding herself, with assistance. The bulky lifejacket collar pushed into Mum's chest will push it forward around the neck too.

My boys were fine sitting at the front of one of the two double jockeys in the back of my boat (handles on the front).
They did start out in their pushchair bungy strapped to the console though!

Sunglasses helped - as did a warm day. It's still quite cold out there at the moment.
I appreciate not everyone is the same.
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When my lads were very young we found Gekos with full visors made them so much more comfortable, and they wanted to come out more often. I even made them a bit more fun with some decals.

Seen here without the visors:
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When my lads were very young we found Gekos with full visors made them so much more comfortable, and they wanted to come out more often. I even made them a bit more fun with some decals.

Seen here without the visors:
What a Dad! .... Great stuff
I bet they loved em!

I never realise they did Children's versions Nash!
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I never realise they did Children's versions Nash!
They may not have to - Factoid of the day thanks to Mister Google:

"Head circumference reaches approximately 90% of the adult size at 3 years and 95% at 5 years of age"
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I have decided to fake an interest in fishing that should permit time out with the boys on the boat without the family. I wonít fish or take fishing gear but Iíll be first to the buoy!!


If all you want is occasional time out with the boys why not tell/ask your partner/wife/friend and off you go. Can never understand this SWMBO thing. It must be grim being under the thumb[/QUOTE]



Agreed, my missus is keener on fishing than I am, AND she doesnít get seasick 🤢
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They are not specifically children's ones, and ours are not even the later ones with the inflatable liner.

All 3 are the early ones with removeable padding, which with a little extra was a good fit for the boys.

The boys white ones were ex RNLI that I picked up at a boat jumble and re-furbished.

My Black one is an ex-SBS one I brought online and again refurbished.
I had to add poppers for the visor on mine as the SBS have theirs set up for goggles.

Lady Nasher has one similar to mine, but didn't want the graphics.

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As soon as they were old enough I got them children's sailing Dry suits to keep them warm and dry when needed, there are always some for sale in the sailing community, and they are easy to move on when they grow out of them.

As well as being warm, and having a protected face, the other thing that really helped them was sets of simple webbing stirrups I made to put their feet in when sitting on the jockey seats, as not being able to put your feet on the deck when on a jockey is really uncomfortable.

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Kids motorbike helmets would work
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Geckos, and other watersports specific helmets are designed not to 'bucket' and snap your neck if you get thrown into the water, motorcycle helmets are not.

I wouldn't risk that with my kids.

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Geckos, and other watersports specific helmets are designed not to 'bucket' and snap your neck if you get thrown into the water, motorcycle helmets are not.

I wouldn't risk that with my kids.

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I agree. Despite wearing motorbike helmets when I raced, I was never keen on the idea.
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I think if I’d risk assessed that there was a possibility of my kids being thrown out to that extreme I wouldn’t be taking them or at least keep speed down and only boat in perfect conditions.
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