Thread: GIS Capacity
23rd Mar 2011, 09:14 PM #1
Can I fit 4 children aged between 3 and 13 and myself in a GIS? It would only be on very rare accasions I would want to this, and only in calm weather.
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24th Mar 2011, 01:02 AM #2
The max number I have had on our GIS is 4. 2 adults and 2 teenagers. We sailed on a calm day.
24th Mar 2011, 12:55 PM #3
It will easily hold 4 cases of beer and 2 cases of wine.
24th Mar 2011, 01:37 PM #4
Will there be duct tape involved? I wouldn't want to put four kids aged 3 to 13 in anything smaller than a school bus! But you might fit them into the GIS. My concern is that you'll probably want to keep the three year old close to you rather than where he or she will fit best (between the thwart and the forward bulkhead). That leaves larger kids to occupy that forward space. Seems like a squeeze to me.
24th Mar 2011, 02:18 PM #5
In our experience three-year-olds stack nicely if placed in boxes. In the case of my son I'm hoping this strategy will succeed through adolescence as well.
24th Mar 2011, 03:05 PM #6
My experience was the first day I sailed any Goat.
Four adults. Maybe 220 + 160 +150 + 140
A day on Moreton Bay in moderate wind.
So that is about the weight. Keeping hold of that many kids might be the limit rather than the boat.
24th Mar 2011, 06:25 PM #7
That load should be easy.I've had four young teenagers running loose in my canoe.
24th Mar 2011, 07:39 PM #8
[Note to self: get three more boxes before Boy hits high school]
25th Mar 2011, 12:09 AM #9
25th Mar 2011, 06:31 PM #10
Thankyou for your advice everyone. I think I will pack the kids in boxes and take the beer.
25th Mar 2011, 11:09 PM #11
You can over load a boat with a bunch of kids and create a fun family moment as you can see here.
A suggestion would be to roll your GIS over (with or without the mast) in shallow water and let them climb in and out of it to get use to the odd movements of a boat full of water. This would also decrease any fear that the kids might have about the boat "sinking" or what the boat might do during a capsize.
I have always had my kids in boats and in the water, so have fun and start asking your friends for hand-me-down kidís life jackets. The kids can grow out of the life jackets during one sailing season. Note how small my son's life jacket is. He grew so much during the construction of our GIS.
We always had a kid overboard plan on our other boats. It was well defined as to who would do what when we lost a kid overboard. We practiced with a floating seat cushion a few times, which increases boat handling skills. I still have the same number of kids I started with, so the system did work for us.
25th Mar 2011, 11:44 PM #12
26th Mar 2011, 12:06 AM #13
26th Mar 2011, 08:09 PM #14Aloha!
26th Mar 2011, 08:29 PM #15
I think Dairyman covered independent thinking in his first post.
And yes, sometimes 3 is a crowd.
Sometimes 2 is a crowd too !!
The rules are just there to avoid the "6 metre ferry capsizes, drowning 200 people" stories
which seem to happen monotonously regularly in the heavily populated countries to our north.
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