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Old 06-12-2019, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by mgd View Post
5 gal buckets filled w water. My 2 yr old would fit in one!.
Then add some floaty toys.
Also, lots of chocolate and treats.
Going on the boat should be "different" than being at home...break the rules...make it more fun




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Old 06-12-2019, 09:15 AM
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Got any spare deck space? If so divert some water off the baitwell pump to a pool/splash pad on deck. Takes very little flow to keep it running.

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We used to do this same thing! We just used a tiny inflatable, I think it was originally a baby bath tub.The sprinkler is next level!
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:44 AM
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I grew-up spending my Summer weekends on a sailboat. You wanna talk about boring? To my dad's credit, he built small "hydroplanes" out of 1x6 wood that my brother and I could "race" behind the boat. 3-5 knots of sailboat speed made those mini-hydro's really scoot! We spend 100's of hours with those things. We also "fished" behind the boat, towing lures without hooks. We tried some Mylar type kites a few times, but I don't remember that working very well.

My 2yo boy loves to play with the washdown hose. You gotta watch him though, he's indiscriminate with his aim!
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:48 AM
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We used to do this same thing! We just used a tiny inflatable, I think it was originally a baby bath tub.The sprinkler is next level!
Can't take too much credit. Wife bought it on amazon to use with the kids on the screened porch at the house. I confiscated it for the boat. We have since gotten one that is a lot bigger (5' I think) for at the house, but this little one is perfect on the boat. Best of all I don't have to blow the damn thing up.
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If you're potty training you could let them poop in the livewell.. I know my son absolutely loves peeing outside, maybe it transfers to girls.
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If you're potty training you could let them poop in the livewell.. I know my son absolutely loves peeing outside, maybe it transfers to girls.
The toddler toilet has take quite a few rides. Have a bucket in a pinch, but the Little Tikes toilet that plays music when they poop has a spot in the bow. Trash bag in the garbage bucket with a little bit of cat litter in the bottom helps greatly if/when the situation arises.

I'm not against them hanging it over the side, but floaters are typically frowned upon at a raft up.
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For me, there are two important tricks... the first is snacks. Always bring tons of snacks and as someone else suggested, its a good idea to have a few things that are special and they only get on the boat.

The second is really being attentive to what the kids want to do... you got to try and keep it fun, and if that means 15 min boat rides instead of 5 hour fishing trips, you got to make that sacrifice. Do the longer stuff without the kids, send them to their grandparents. For these short trips, if you can do it, beach pickups rather than going through the marina have been helpful in getting straight to the fun.

It definitely pays off down the road to keep it short and fun in the younger years... you will be able to extend your trips as they get older. My kids are 2 and 4, niece and nephew are 5 and 7. We are just stretching our sea legs out, last year most trips were 15 min max. This year they have been good for 45 min roughly. Its all about creating fun memories. String enough of those together and you are golden. My niece would spend the whole day on the water if she could. Good Luck!
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:20 PM
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:43 PM
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Why not just be sober and enjoy your time with family out on the water?
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Thanks for all of the reply's, some great ideas. I will try to keep it short, and I love the idea of the squirt guns and rods with popping corks/etc. For years I have been focused on results i.e. catching or getting to a set destination but I think i need to refocus. We have learned the livewell potty trick and they like to spot the crabs as they come up. The 4 yo is just starting to like to go fast and hopefully with a little time and patience the 2yo will come around.

P.S. - To all those with concerns over the wine comment please get a life. If I am sober and my wife who has been dealing with a 4 and 2 year old all day wants to have a glass or 2 of wine, I am all for it. It isn't like we are getting hammered and ignoring our children.
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Old 06-12-2019, 02:17 PM
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Irwin Mainway toy company makes some good kids toys.
The Bag-o-Glass is my favorite.

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Old 06-13-2019, 01:26 AM
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I have a 2,4,6 year old: They all love the boat rides. But, here's why: So many people mentioned it all ready: Boats are meant to be fun, not scary. So, we drive conservatively, keep it relaxed, don't stress over the kids touching this or that. And SNACKS: Special snacks. Our children drink milk or water ( no soda, no juice, etc...). BUT, on the boat, they get gator aid. Each gets their own, and they really do guard them!
Furthermore, they get special snacks : Those fruit gummies and some chocolate chip granola bars.
Yes, my 2 year old gets her rod with a popping cork tied on the end of the line. The older two ( 4 and 6) get a lure tied onto their rods. My son at 6 enjoys "organizing his tackle box" on the boat. That is his gear. He is meticulous about where the shrimp artificials go, right next to the jig head, next to the plastic worms..etc....

Ignore the wine comments. Clearly, the folks making those comments don't have toddlers anymore and have forgot that our wives work their tails off keeping our children healthy, happy, clean, stimulated. Our honeys deserve their wine at the end of a long day ( sometimes in the middle of the day).

The fact that you are on this board asking about your children' enjoyment factor tells me you are a stand up dad! Keep It up and happy fathers day ( 3 days early)!
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