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I think it's great you're so adamant about takin' yer pup!

In my own recent sailboat search, some of my biggest criteria were 1) how much cockpit floorspace there was for my dog to stretch out on, 2) the steepness of the companionway steps for her to get from cockpit to cabin floor, and 3) the height of the v-berth for her to jump on and off of.

Oh, and of course a HUGE swim platform for her to scamper up the boarding ladder after some stick fetchin'.

Although THAT may be your biggest challenge with these small boats you're lookin' at - getting your dog back on board when/if he/she goes over! (Mine went over once "accidentally." I put accidentally in quotes 'cuz, as a lab, I'm, not sure she didn't "slip" on purpose for a chance to take a swim).
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Actually, the dog stuff is way down on the list of my things to worry about. I am surprised that it is such a big deal to be honest. I will get my dog an EU passport, I know the protocol for the rabies titers have the facilities to quarantine here so that is not such a big deal. As far as having the dog on board, well it will all work out I am sure. Dogs are very adaptable creatures and I will just have to make sure the dog is as comfortable & safe as possible and has access to lots of swimming and gets on land as much as possible. If the dog isn't happy being on board a lot then we will just have to spend more time hooked up to a dock somewhere than at anchor. If I find my dog is really unhappy or becoming unhealthy then I simply sell the boat and move back to shore.

My biggest concerns are the sailing portions and my complete lack of knowledge of sailing and my physical ability to handle a big ol' boat by myself.... THOSE are the things that really concern me!
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My biggest concerns are the sailing portions and my complete lack of knowledge of sailing and my physical ability to handle a big ol' boat by myself.... THOSE are the things that really concern me!
Given your description of yourself... I don't think the physical abilities is going to be a problem on any boat less than 35' LOA. If you look at some of the people who have successfully single handed over long distances, size isn't much an issue—provided they've rigged the boat properly.

The bigger boats can be an issue, and often have electric winches and such to deal with it... but I would highly recommend that you stick with a boat where you can muscle everything into behaving, rather than depend on electrical assistance—since electrical assistance tends to fail when you need it most on a boat.

The lack of knowledge is fairly easily remedied by taking courses and getting time in sailing on boats. I would highly recommend that you get out and sail as much as possible is all sorts of weather as well.

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Sailing with another persons aboard is;
  • safer; medical issues often can not be predicted
I agree, that is of some concern for sure
  • cheaper; share the expense
I've got the $$ portion covered
  • reacquaintance with that significant other
Got rid of him recently and not needing another for awhile
  • get to blame someone else for the weather
I'll blame the dog
  • enjoy that sip of wine over candle light on the water
See above

A pet on board is a personal deceision, some love it others don't.
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However, that big ol' dog of yours is going to **** all over your world.
That's what the "Poop Deck" is for.

Thank you very much, I'll be here all week. Try the veal!

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My wife and I are in our mid-50's. We just bought a boat. One couple that's friends of ours told my wife that we're crazy, we're "too old" for things like that, etc. We just shook our heads and laughed.

JustMeUC, sounds to me like you have an excellent plan. I'm envious. I wish we, my wife and I, could do what you're planning. Unfortunately, we haven't got quite the financial wherewithal atm.

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I can train the dog to potty on a plastic something or other that can be easily cleaned.
If you're going to go that far, train the dog to use the toilet.

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