The Boy Who Loves Boats

Benjamin loves boats.

I mean REALLY loves boats.

His first proper word was ‘boat’.

Taking him to see the boats is a guaranteed way of cheering him up if he’s grumpy.


It all started on our holiday to Wales in the summer, when we first toyed with the idea of moving here. We had gone to what is now one of our favourite little spots, the Caffi Hwb Yr Harbwr (Harbour Hub Cafe) in Rhyl. It’s the perfect place for a drink and to sit and watch the boats come in and out of the harbour. All of the kids loved then, but Ben was absolutely enthralled by them. Every time we came back to Wales to look at houses, we would pop to the harbour cafe and he would sit and watch the boats quietly.

We have to drive or walk over the harbour bridge most days to get into Rhyl, and all we hear from the back of the car or the pushchair is Ben shouting ‘boat’. It takes us ages to walk past, as we have to watch them all come in and out. When we went to the marina at Conwy, where all the flashy yachts and boats were moored, he was in seventh heaven.


On the odd occasion I let him watch something on YouTube on my phone, it’s no Peppa Pig he wants anymore – no, it’s ALL about the boat launches. Who knew watching ships being pushed into the sea was so fascinating for a toddler?

I don’t know whether this is the start of a lifetime love of all things boat related, but I know one thing – we certainly live in the right place to encourage it!


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13 thoughts on “The Boy Who Loves Boats”

  1. Oh my gosh I was enthralled with that clip! My 9 year old daughter and I watched it together and we were squealing! I can see why your son loves it, I have to show my 7 year old son now! #sharingthebloglove

  2. Aww, that’s lovely! My son is all about the trains, but we’ve just got back from a holiday on the coast where he saw a lifeboat launch, and after that we had to make numerous visits to the lifeboat station to see the ‘big boats’! Sadly we didn’t catch a launch again, but I think it’s his lasting memory of the holiday! Thanks so much for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  3. How lovely. My daughter loves boats too at the minute since we went on one in the lakes a few weeks back. #whatevertheweather

  4. It’s lovely that he is so interested. Finn is the same-but with cars! Not quite as exciting as boats, especially when we live in a busy town and he has to point out every car! #whatevertheweather

  5. I hope water sports and boats it is a love that stays with Ben. My oldest boys loved boats at this age too, we started sailing lessons at about Ben’s age, just a causal Dad and son thing every so often and it grew from there. Now my older boys crew for a local boat team and race in the summer months. It’s a great way to enjoy coastal living. Conwy Marina looks lovely there with all the boats in and it is always lovely for a walk at any time of year.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  6. My 5-year-old son Ethan is a boat obsessist too, and has been since he was 2! We come from Cardiff originally but now live in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, as of just after his first birthday, and his weekend isn’t complete unless he’s been out on Milford Marina, or the nearby Jetties, and seen the boats sailing onto and out of the West Wales coast! He’ll happily sit in a little café (the Crows Nest) on the Marina, and look at all the boats sailing by, whilst drinking tea and eating cakes and toast, and then walking round viewing all the boats moored on the Marina, looking for their names, thinking up stories of places that they’ve seen, or will be going next… He always takes pics of the boats on my I-pad, and gets me to Photoshop them, and he gets excited every time the lock opens for a boat to go out or sail in! The highlight of his life so far (in his words) was the day the Royal Navy mine-sweeper the H. M. S. Pembroke moored in the Marina when he was 4, he got to go on board, meet the sailors and see every part of the boat! Ever since then he’s wanted to be a sailor! Lovely blog, so awesome to read stories of another little boy with a similar passion!

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