A great solution to onboard dog potty needs:
Mine is tied to the foredeck .... next to the 'wash pump outlet'.
2. If your dog doesnt immediately take-to and use the 'patch', then, suggest you 're-train' the dog to "GO-ON COMMAND". Doesnt take all that much time to train:
Every time the dog 'just begins' to 'go' and as you perceive that the dogs 'sphincter' (either one) is 'just beginning to strain' .... you blurt out "GO PEE" and then congratulate the dog. Keep this up for several 'weeks' if necessary until you can command (when the dog becomes anxious to 'go') "GO-PEE" and the dog will instantly 'squat' and pee/poop. The result will be that the dog (when 'so loaded') will go instantly (or shortly thereafter) PEE/POOP **on command**. Then if the dog hasnt 'taken to' the patch "go pee" over the patch (in confined area to help 'aim the dog') .... until the dog regularly acknowleges the proper 'target'.
Such will save a lot of 'unnecessary' dinghy trips back and forth to shore.
Bahamas - populace generally doesnt like dogs and there are a few areas where 'fighting dogs' (Biminis, Nassau, Freeport) are common - so use your best judgement.
FYI - You need an import permit to bring a dog to the Bahamas which takes about a month to receive back the permit (go to Bahamian govt website for the form). You will also need a USA veterinary health certificate. Bahamas require that the Health Certificate was issued no more than 48 hours before arrival .... to solve this find a FLA vet who will leave the 'date' unsigned/blank ... most, not all, will do this. Let the Vet use YOUR pen when filling out the form, and use the same pen again just before your show up at Bahamian customs and immigration.