Even small children can help, especially during the day. When Elyse and Sarah reached the ages of six and nine we felt that they could keep watch for an hour or so at a time, if both of us wanted a nap. Of course they had instructions to call us if they spotted another vessel or noticed anything unusual. They were attached to the boat by a safety harness any time they were in the cockpit. Under no circumstances did they go outside the cockpit. They stood watches only under ideal conditions: mild weather, far from land/or shipping lanes, with both girls up to keep an eye on one another.
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Lets start by identifying what exactly certain boats are. Sometimes the terminology can get lost on beginners, so well look at some of the most common boats and what theyre called. These boats are exactly what the name implies. They are meant to be used for fishing. Most fishing boats are powered by outboard motors, and many also have a trolling motor mounted on the bow. Bass boats can be made of aluminium or fibreglass.