From our own experience, we are convinced that children belong aboard a boat. Kids love playing in water, swimming and, more often than not, enjoy sailing too. If this isn't the case for your little ones, don't despair — just give them a little help. Adapt your itinerary to your child's needs and you'll enjoy an unforgettable holiday packed with adventure. We've compiled a list of our very own tried-and-tested tips just for you.
1. Choose a warm sea and a short sea crossings
The first step is to decide on a location. Go somewhere where the sea is already warm. Swimming is an important aspect of sailing, and no one likes swimming in cold waters. Choose shorter crossings for the route, but if you want to make a longer trip with the family, take advantage of the early morning and late evening (night) hours while the kids are sleeping. Ask us about the route and we'll gladly suggest suitable destinations based on the starting marina.
YACHTING.COM TIP: Where to sail with kids? Check out our detailed day-by-day itinerary for a 7-day sailing trip in Croatia, including recommendations on where to anchor. We've designed the route with kids in mind, with frequent stop-offs. The daily sailing stages tend to be short so they won't get bored, and there are plenty of interesting spots to explore, swim and snorkel.
Think of it like just like a car journey — the length of time your kids can handle being on a boat is similar to being in a car. Entertainment on board can extend this, but it should not exceed three or four hours. Alternate between stopping at beaches, towns and activities.