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Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

I like the taste of milk, but the powdered milk never seems fresh. So I'm planning to cruise on my 90 foot sailing barge with our family cow, Bessie.

Is there any liveaboard restrictions on the east coast that affect boats with livestock? I've heard they don't like people staying on one place, and some places don't allow raising livestock within the city limits.

We'd like to start by spending a month in downtown Boston, then cruise south, visiting New York, Philly, Baltimore, Washington, and end up somewhere around South Beach, FL. Then we'd hop across to the Bahamas and make money selling fresh milk and home made ice cream to other cruisers.

Has anyone done something similar? Should we bring chickens too, so other cruisers can enjoy the sounds of roosters in the morning? Also, how much do cruisers like fresh bacon?

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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

Did anyone get Bessie's opinion on this?
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Forget the legal restrictions, what happens when the cow decides to shift from one side of the boat to the other and the barge starts listing to port, then starboard, then port...

And hay. I don't know that I recall fuel docks that will sell you bales of hay. Maybe it's something good to add to Active Captain reviews.

Otherwise it isn't a bad idea.
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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

cows dont give milk unless they have a baby ... they dont have babies unless there us a lot of bull around--you could well do it---could work--as long as the bull is flowing, the rest should work out nicely....say hay to mayor of ny for me...lol

ooh yes--and it will definitely test your newly installed composting head...
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I get the feeling that it would be easier, if less self sufficent, to simply install a good power and fridge system to keep gallons of milk cold

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I get the feeling that it would be easier, if less self sufficent, to simply install a good power and fridge system to keep gallons of milk cold
But far less unique and exciting.

What about goats instead of a cow? You could more easily keep the two genders and goat's milk ice cream is really good. They also might dispose of other refuse. Don't goats eat anything almost?
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aaaaw..i just had to use powdered milk in my coffee----yukkkk yukk k yukkkk...my uv treated media crema doesnt seem to keep in summer sans air conditioning--i think that is a big concern now--but the cow definitely got my b=vote--might wanna see if ther eis a worlds smallest cow...could be a help....there is a worlds smallest horse, but then horses are cool to ride---but cows--need small size...

goats would eat my sails, then i would have to use goat skin sails...hhmm..an idea--wouldnt those last longer and be not as prone to chafing....hhmmmm....
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They also might dispose of other refuse. Don't goats eat anything almost?
Friend of mine has goats on her farm. They -do- eat anything, this includes her car and her house. I imagine they would enjoy the taste of the rigging and the sails as well.

Funny story, to keep the goats from eating the siding off of her house, she was advised to make a tabasco mixture with water and spray it on the building. She did as advised and the first goat took a nibble and ran looking for water.

The second goat took a nibble, licked it's lips, and went back for more
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Forget the legal restrictions, what happens when the cow decides to shift from one side of the boat to the other and the barge starts listing to port, then starboard, then port...
Could be a performance plus. You just need to teach the cow to go to the high side when sailing.

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Re: Cruising with livestock -- any anchoring issues?

I think you would be restricted to the downwind anchorages of your neighbors, if you want to be a good neighbor that is. Then when it Boston you can leave your cow to graze in the common if that is still allowed.

I am wondering which would be easier carrying your own livestock or the batteries and systems to keep refrigeration/freezing going?

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