We got one of these ordered in from West Marine, Pet Step
, way more flexible than the Paws Aboard one as it can be used all over the place, folds in half and is half the cost.
After leaving it down in the house for a couple of weeks to make it smelly enough for him to recognise, we gave it the first outing on the boat at the weekend. At first he wouldn't go up it so we had to move the boat to where he could just hop on, but we had it leading from the cabin to the cockpit and he was fine walking up and down whilst underway. Main problem was that his lifejacket was too hot, and actually stopped him turning round in the cabin so I think we'll have to just use that for transferring to/from the dock (the dinghy will be the next challenge) and get him a harness and clip him in when underway.
When we got back to the slip we put the ramp between the coaming and the pier and basically left him to it while we tidied up and had a drink. After a few minutes he was quite happily getting on and off the boat. He's almost 90lbs, and at 15 months old he's got another 6 months of growing to do, there's no way we can lift him about. Woof. Not a golden, he's a husky/shepherd/wolf mix. Woof.