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Netting at Safety Rail #296431
02/24/2023 01:16 PM
02/24/2023 01:16 PM
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Hello

My family has chartered a 47’ caterman for a 7 day trip in the BVIs. We are traveling with four small kids under the age of 6. I’ve heard netting can be secured to the perimeter guard rail of the boat for added safety but I can’t find anyone to provide the netting. BVI yacht charters responded they don’t provide this service.

Does anyone know who can provide the netting?

Thank you
Rob

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Re: Netting at Safety Rail [Re: Bobby8888] #296438
02/24/2023 02:12 PM
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Adding netting is a LOT of work, both installing it and removing it, even disregarding the cost of materials.

I think that you not will find any company willing to do this for a single charter. I'm not a fan of the netting and removed it from one boat I bought - but I didn't have any toddlers aboard.


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Re: Netting at Safety Rail [Re: Bobby8888] #296439
02/24/2023 02:12 PM
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What are the ages of the children? If they are over 3 enforce a simple rule that they do not leave the interior of the boat without a life jacket on. If younger and mobile it gets more difficult. How many adults will be on the boat? Will there be alcohol use by the adults? These are all factors in what I would be comfortable with in regards to the children. I don’t think the netting provides much added security. You could certainly purchase netting and bring it down with you. Plan on a couple hours to rig it but kids can easily circumvent it. Keep the adults sober and the kids in life jackets. Anytime you are underway keep the kids in the cockpit. If they want to go out of the cockpit an adult has to go with and remain with them.
Most important is to bring life jackets with you for each child that they are comfortable wearing. Don’t rely on the charter company for the jackets.

Last edited by GeorgeC1; 02/24/2023 02:13 PM.
Re: Netting at Safety Rail [Re: Bobby8888] #296445
02/24/2023 03:53 PM
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You could check locally at a chandlery, or the old standby, Amazon ($105 for 50 ft, so double that), but I think Zanshin above, covered the workload issue.

Re: Netting at Safety Rail [Re: Bobby8888] #296446
02/24/2023 03:55 PM
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We just got back from a trip with three little children. Some charter companies will do the netting for a fee. I know navigare will do it at $450.

We chose to look for a boat that has a walkthrough layout, such as the Leopard 45 (what we chose - http://www.thecaptainscompass.com/images/SM_Fwrd_Cafe_2.jpg) or the Bali. Then the kids dont have to walk the side decks ever, even at a slip or on a mooring. Also, fewer worries with open hatches either.

I also purchased one of these (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BGSFXZZF/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1) and installed Grommets. I then used shock cords to "close off" the transom. It worked beautifully and we had a place to store LOTS OF KID [censored]. This is the best photo I could find of the set up. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TpfKSWrIymkC6sey8POsqADlphVMZVeJjOKQ693MgzY/edit?usp=sharing I brought four 90L duffels full of kids stuff. We used most of it.

We brought our own life jackets that they are used to and wouldnt fight us on wearing them. If we were under way they were wearing them. No questions asked.

Feel free to shoot me an email - vytisracing(at)gmail(dot)com More than happy to share what we learned.

Re: Netting at Safety Rail [Re: Bobby8888] #296484
02/25/2023 09:34 AM
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I took my extended family with four grandchildren on a trip this past June. Reflecting on this experience, I can wholeheartedly agree that the young children must wear life vests when underway, unless in their cabins or the main salon area with an adult. I would be concerned that having netting would lead to the adults becoming complacent and less watchful, a potentially bad combination. Nothing replaces the mantra that everyone should be taught one hand for themselves, one hand for the boat. If the kids have any issue with sea motion, the best place is outside in the cockpit getting plenty of fresh air.


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