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Without adressing the bureaucratic hassles you will, without doubt have to deal with. I'd like to talk about how the animals are likely to cope with the experience.
Sailingdog is right, some dogs will get seasick. The thing to remember is that just like people, they will adapt. I speak from experience here. I have had a lifelong battle with seasickness. It used to take me over a week to get my sealegs. (Thankfully, as I get older, it's getting easier). Your vet will help you with meds if it's really a problem, but they will, eventually, get used to it.
Sailingdog is also correct in that some dogs will take to using a piece of astro-turf on the foredeck without too much trouble or coaxing. Others will take a little more patience in their training. But they can and will learn.
IMHO, if you love these animals and they are a part of your family, all the obstacles you will surely encounter will be worth it for them as well as you. They love you and are more dependent on you than you love or depend on them.
Remember to provide them with a safe place to hide (a good sized carrier lashed in an unused berth works well) so that they feel secure when things get rough or when you have to leave them alone.
If you gave them a vote, I bet they would choose to become sailing dogs.