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Old 06-12-2019, 06:55 AM
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Currently I have a 18'cc and at times I struggle to keep my 2 girls 4 and 2yo from getting bored. Does anyone have any good toy suggestions for the boat. ( We fish, crab, and cruise) They enjoy things when action is happening but the 2yo in particular get nervous and very clingy to mom which saps her enjoyment and ability to have wine. I want to develop and encourage a lover for the water and the boat. Any tips. Maybe I am expecting too much.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:03 AM
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No help on toys, but my 4 yr old was also very clingy to the wife when she was 2-3, and at times can still be. My best advice would be teach the wife how to drive the boat and then take turns being clingy with the child. Unless they are asleep, the child is going to want to be around one of you all the time.

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Sorry you are having this problem. While I can't help with toys for the girls, one of these will make it easier for Mom to drink wine even with the clingy 2-yo.
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:10 AM
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Get them each there own bean bag. Also, I used to let them each fill a bucket with small rocks. They loved tossing them intonthe water.
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Why does she have to have wine when out in a 18 foot cc with a 2 and 4 year old? Shit can happen very ast on a boat.
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Why does she have to have wine when out in a 18 foot cc with a 2 and 4 year old? Shit can happen very ast on a boat.
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Why does she have to have wine when out in a 18 foot cc with a 2 and 4 year old? Shit can happen very ast on a boat.



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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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First thing you gotta do with little ones onboard is drive like there is a 99 yr old great-grandmother on the boat... By that I mean come off the throttles a lot; don't take waves or wakes with much speed; tell everyone onboard when bumps are about to happen, etc. You're in a 18' boat so wakes are going to rock it a bit. Depending on your area, I would avoid rough water if possible. Don't fish the jetties and instead fish in a back creek.

Water guns. They make the cheap tube squirt guns that are in a pool noodle. Once we pull away from the dock, I have a bucket of water on the bow and my two kids (5 + almost 2) are in the bow spraying water at other boats. We pretend to be pirates. Someone on here recommended the Stream Machine; it's a similar design but with a 3/8" opening. Those are really fun "blasters" and they can also clean out clogged drain tubes in cupholders and golfcarts.

Music: Can the girls listen to tunes on your boat? Any silly songs they love to hear?

Fishing stuff: We have a Little Tikes fishing pole with string and a bobber. Sometimes my little one loves to carry it around. My older kid also loves holding bright plastic lures (no hooks obviously). Maybe a cute net they can wave around.
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I don't have kids.
But I have great nieces, 4 and 6.
It ain't about us, learn that and you are good.
They love to go "fishing" with Uncle "O". I had it all, bait, chum, their own rods, etc.
At the end of the day? Their mother and grandparents caught some fish.
The girls where much happier catch the pilchards in the baitwell and throwing them overboard and slinging chum all over the place.
They did fight about who got to throw the fish back.
Go with the flow, fishing for you is done until they want it to be.
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Thanks Autobaun... now I gotta add a washdown pump to my pontoon! love that idea!
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Shark kite tied to a spinning reel is fun

Buy an inboard. Your kids will fall asleep.
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Thanks Autobaun... now I gotta add a washdown pump to my pontoon! love that idea!
no problem. Washdown is too strong. Gotta run on the livewell pump. And choke it down at that. We use it on my folks pontoon at the time when rafted up. Just run it off my boat. Pontoon rails definitely make for good toddler containment.

Next time I have a chance I am going to put a Y in my livewell pump line and feed it to the factory washdown port. I have since moved the washdown to the small storage compartment at the rear port side which also stores the hose. That will avoid having to use an adaptor on the livewell outlet.
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Why does she have to have wine when out in a 18 foot cc with a 2 and 4 year old? Shit can happen very ast on a boat.
You sound fun.
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My kids (2 and 5) just want to be doing what everyone else is. So they both have fishing rods and spend most of their time "fishing". My 5 year old is good enough with one now that she actually gets to fish while my 2 year old just has a popping cork tied to the end (but it at least gives him something to reel in). I also gave them each their own bait net and they are in charge of getting bait out of the livewell. Beyond that, a lot of snacks. My kids eat constantly while on the boat. We also let them have drinks like Gatorade that they don't normally get and they think that is great.
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Mine just like to be in the water, if they're floating in a swim ring or tied off to the boat on a big floater they are happy as can be. When running in the boat, it's bean bags, tons of liquids, and snacks snacks snacks.
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Beyond that, a lot of snacks. My kids eat constantly while on the boat. We also let them have drinks like Gatorade that they don't normally get and they think that is great.
This can't be emphasized enough. My favorite go to are the cheap freeze pops from the grocery store. Pack them between two yeti ice or arctic ice packs in the bottom of the cooler, and they will stay frozen for quite some time. Toss whatever is left back in the freezer at the end of the day.
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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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You sound fun.
Don't mock him. Shit happens ast.
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Old 06-12-2019, 09:03 AM
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Great thread and great ideas! Keep em comin! My kids are 2 and 4 and I am always looking for ways to keep them entertained so we can stay out on the boat longer. All it takes is for one kid to get grouchy, then momma isn't having fun and if momma aint happy, no one is. :-)
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