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    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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    The max number I have had on our GIS is 4. 2 adults and 2 teenagers. We sailed on a calm day.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

    Very nice.

    So that is about the weight. Keeping hold of that many kids might be the limit rather than the boat.

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    That load should be easy.I've had four young teenagers running loose in my canoe.

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    [Note to self: get three more boxes before Boy hits high school]

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    Quote Originally Posted by HELLICONIA54 View Post
    That load should be easy.I've had four young teenagers running loose in my canoe.
    If you swung the paddle at their heads every now and then, that might approximate the Goat's boom and would be useful data for the OP. A future experiment perhaps?


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    Thankyou for your advice everyone. I think I will pack the kids in boxes and take the beer.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john goodman View Post
    You can over load a boat with a bunch of kids and create a fun family moment as you can see here. ....
    John speaks of great ideas! Silly story but.... My two kids and I took our QuickCanoe next door to the neighbours pool to test how it capsized, and how we would recover. They had a great time toppling it over, climbing back and doing it again. The boat wasn't hurt, and I'm left feeling they won't be (entirely) scared if (when!) they end up out of a boat somewhere.

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    G'day Dairyman
    You are in SA, so there are rules
    Boat capacity - Government of South Australia

    It can legally carry 4 adult equivalents.
    Shouldn't be a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b.o.a.t. View Post
    G'day Dairyman
    You are in SA, so there are rules
    Boat capacity - Government of South Australia

    It can legally carry 4 adult equivalents.
    Shouldn't be a problem.
    The rules do not exempt from the independent thinking!

    In many cases, more than 3 people in the GIS is far too much.
    GIS is an excellent boat for 2 people.
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    G'day Robert
    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.
    AJ

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