What's one word of advice for animals on board - SailNet Community
 17Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 30 Old 05-08-2014 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
sailing terrapin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
What's one word of advice for animals on board

If you could give one word of advice for sailing with either a cat or dog, what would it be?

We plan to leave San Diego, down through Mexico, Central America, through Panama and head to Florida via the Caribbean

Thank you!

Family of four from California sell it all and set sail
1978 Dufour Ketch 45

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
sailing terrapin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
Senior Member
 
MarkofSeaLife's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 2,987
Thanks: 43
Thanked 123 Times in 104 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Dock
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Don't.
Faster, sailordave, tdw and 5 others like this.

Sea Life
Notes on a Circumnavigation:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MarkofSeaLife is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 763
Thanks: 0
Thanked 19 Times in 19 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

nuthin more pathetic and nothing will make you feel guiltier than a seasick dog.
Frogwatch is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 30 Old 05-08-2014 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
sailing terrapin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

ya...so I knew that was going to be the first word of "advice". We're dead set on bringing the cat. At 15 years old, he's basically just looking for a place to die. The dog is more my husbands idea.

Family of four from California sell it all and set sail
1978 Dufour Ketch 45

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
sailing terrapin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #5 of 30 Old 05-08-2014 Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
sailing terrapin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: San Diego
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Frogwatch

You bring up a good point. I'd feel like a steaming pile of dog doo watching our Hula Bear get sick and miserable
zeehag likes this.

Family of four from California sell it all and set sail
1978 Dufour Ketch 45

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
sailing terrapin is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #6 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
Sailboat Reboot
 
svzephyr44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: On Board
Posts: 623
Thanks: 3
Thanked 50 Times in 44 Posts
Rep Power: 16
 
Send a message via Skype™ to svzephyr44
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Don't
That is my one word.

I have a very loving cat on board. He is both a blessing and a curse.

Concerns:
1. I have been in about 16 or 17 countries in the last 2 years. With the exception of three they ignored my cat after I assured them that he never leaves the boat. I doubt that they would accept a similar plea for a dog. In the 3 countries that did require me to clear in my cat it cost me more to clear in the cat then it cost me to clear in the boat and all the crew combined. It also took substantially longer to clear in the cat.
2. You are bound to your animal. If you want to take a several day "shore leave" - perhaps to visit a nearby city or attraction you need to find someone to take care of your animal. In most countries your pet is not going to be welcome on the bus, train, cab, rental car, hotel, etc. Although sometimes you can find someone to pet sit for free in my experience you generally end up paying something - even if it is a thank you gift for the free sitter.
3. Disease: just like you will find that the local "bugs" can get you down until your body adjusts the same is true for your pet.
4. Cleanliness: I never had a problem with fleas etc. while cruising with a pet in the U.S. In a lot of other countries their standards of cleanliness are much lower - we had rats and cockroaches in the marina at Guadeloupe (this was the high end marina!) and it seemed to be accepted. XO (my cat) got fleas while in Guadeloupe and they didn't die as easily from the US flea medicine as I would have hoped. BTW that is also true of the boat - a bug free boat can quickly become a haven for bugs as you start to cruise if you are not diligent.

As Shakespeare would say, an aside: My description above includes just about everywhere on your list - Mexico (the East side) Belize, Guatemala, about 12 Caribbean Islands, BVI, Turks, Bahamas....

I hope this helps ..

Fair winds and following seas:
Faster likes this.

CAPT Roger J. Jones USN (ret.)
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Sailboat Reboot

411 Walnut Street, #9700, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043-3443

Reboot's Agent's Email:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Web Site:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Blogging:
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Twitter @Sailboat_Reboot

Last edited by svzephyr44; 05-08-2014 at 08:33 PM.
svzephyr44 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #7 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 213
Thanks: 5
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Rep Power: 2
 
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Begin well before the voyage clipping their toenails so the quick will recede and the nails can be as short as possible. Also consider booties for traction.
Chas H is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #8 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
Senior Moment Member
 
SloopJonB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: West Vancouver B.C.
Posts: 11,615
Thanks: 60
Thanked 72 Times in 69 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Think about how inconvenient it can be to have to walk the dog every single day.

Now imagine having to hoist it into a dinghy and row ashore beforehand every time.

AND row it back and hoist it aboard.

EVERY TIME.

Dogs have no place on small boats IMO.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
SloopJonB is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #9 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
tdw
Super Fuzzy Moderator
 
tdw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 16,632
Thanks: 15
Thanked 110 Times in 103 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Quote:
Originally Posted by Frogwatch View Post
nuthin more pathetic and nothing will make you feel guiltier than a seasick dog.
Seasick cat gets pretty damn close.

Andrew B

“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Nation

Malo 39 Classic
tdw is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #10 of 30 Old 05-08-2014
tdw
Super Fuzzy Moderator
 
tdw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Sydney Australia
Posts: 16,632
Thanks: 15
Thanked 110 Times in 103 Posts
Rep Power: 10
     
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

I've sailed with both cat and dog, separately and together and I will never do it again. The animals themselves coped quite well although the cat did get seasick on occasion. The problem was more with me. No matter how often you clean the damn things, cat litter smells, while rowing dog to shore x number of times a day when it is cold and raining is not exactly a barrell of laughs.

Andrew B

“Life is a trick, and you get one chance to learn it.”
― Terry Pratchett, Nation

Malo 39 Classic
tdw is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Tags
pets

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Don't feed the Animals? Silvio General Discussion (sailing related) 18 09-12-2012 10:44 AM
'99 26x: advice & help requested re: center board attilathebun Gear & Maintenance 4 07-08-2009 11:13 AM
? THE LAST WORD: Advice on Dr. Laura's boat - Daily Pilot NewsReader News Feeds 0 03-04-2007 02:15 AM
Bringing animals to the Bahamas MattB Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 5 06-08-2003 09:57 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome