Update: Kids4Sail and Cruising Mom Blog have teamed up for raft ups!
Raft Up: Cruisers Helping Cruisers
Raft ups are cruising bloggers sharing their unique perspectives on a given cruising topic, and their shared post links are curated on that topic’s page. They’re a great resource for families who are preparing to cruise, newbie family crews, even seasoned salty family crews. Learn more about raft ups here.
Holidays on Kid Boats – If you’re preparing to cruise, maybe you’re wondering, “How will we celebrate ______ on the boat?” Or maybe you’re already on the water and trying to figure out how you’ll continue your land-based holiday traditions? Check out these posts on this cruising bloggers’ raft up to see how other cruising families celebrate holidays on their boats.
Transitioning from Land to Moving Aboard – If you’re preparing to cruise, maybe you’re wondering, “How will we make the leap transitioning from land life to cruising?” Or maybe you’re already on the water and wondering if your transition was ‘normal’. (Spoiler alert – there is no such thing.) Check out these posts on this cruising bloggers’ raft up to see how and why other cruising families have made the transition.
The Shake Down – Shaking down your boat after transitioning aboard can be a harsh reality. Everyone goes through this period differently. Some people buy turnkey boats; a rarity. Some buy a boat that needs a little work, and sometimes this turns into even more work. You might grow discouraged when your cruising adventure doesn’t start quite as you expected. Read about what these cruising bloggers went through during their shake down periods to help gain more perspective on what you might expect after buying your boat. You’ll be cruising like them in no time!
Managing Weather – Cruising isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes there’s a little wind. Sometimes…a lot. Understanding weather and making decisions based upon your findings are important parts of cruising. Learn where these cruising families get their weather information, what tech they use, and which information they find most important (wind? waves? duration? fronts? lows/highs?) to help keep their family crews happy (and are able to get a good night’s sleep).