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By Elizabeth Ginns Britten — December 2004
It’s been said that kids today aren’t as interested in boating as their elders were and that they’d rather play video/computer games than enjoy the water. While that’s debatable, there’s now a brilliant book on the market that should be a foolproof way to get kids more interested in boating.
The Ship’s Log for Kids is a place for young ones to write, draw, and learn about their quality time on the water with the family. There’s space for them to sketch the boat; log the date/time, weather, and destination of a trip; and enter names and addresses of cruisers they meet along the way. The book also covers safety issues (i.e., Do you have a radio onboard? Would you know how to use it in an emergency?) and offers games and puzzles and information about aquatic life, Morse code, constellations, weather prediction (red sky at night, sailor’s delight), reading charts, and more.
This book makes a great gift for the holidays and should be a sure bet for getting kids excited about the 2005 boating season. It’s available at West Marine for $16.99.
West Marine ( (800)-BOATING. www.westmarine.com.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.