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When I saw the header to this thread, I thought someone had talked my ex wife into going sailing but no.
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My dog, Jolson (a mostly border collie + everything else), weighs about 70 lbs.
With all due respect, 70 lbs. is NOT a large dog

We once had a 150 lb. Newfie/Golden mix. He was over 6 feet long and stood about 3 feet high.

He was not very agile -- climbing ladders was definitely out. In fact, I'm not sure he would have fit through the companionway anyways! He had to sleep out in the cockpit, which was not very fun for him or us. To get him from the launch onto the boat, we would first lift his front legs up to the deck, and then boost his hind end up.

Unfortunately, he died of a very aggressive cancer at a young age. We still miss him

Now we have a "small" ~60 lb. Flat-Coated Retriever Mix, who is much more agile and probably will be able to manage ladders, the companionway, etc... We'll find out this summer.

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How do you sail with a large dog?

You don't.

Leave the dog at home, with the lawn mower.
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We have a dog life jacket for our collie cross. He can swim for hours without it, but the handle on the back makes getting him aboard easy. I can lie on deck and pull him up by the handle on the back of the life jacket. He's 74lbs, if that's too heavy for you than perhaps you can hoist him aboard with a halyard. I have to assume you have some methode for getting an unconscience adult back aboard, maybe you can apply that.

As for everyone who dreads reading a thread that's been done before, you sound like by grandmother the way you complain. If you've been through the subject before how about you just don't click on the thread in the first place. For all you know new information might come from new members
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We have a dog life jacket for our collie cross. He can swim for hours without it, but the handle on the back makes getting him aboard easy. I can lie on deck and pull him up by the handle on the back of the life jacket. He's 74lbs, if that's too heavy for you than perhaps you can hoist him aboard with a halyard. I have to assume you have some methode for getting an unconscience adult back aboard, maybe you can apply that.

As for everyone who dreads reading a thread that's been done before, you sound like by grandmother the way you complain. If you've been through the subject before how about you just don't click on the thread in the first place. For all you know new information might come from new members
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this one grew up in the truck over the road with me

she's not fond of the boat but loves the water but wont stay home either. as long as she's with me she's happy. well usually
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With all due respect, 70 lbs. is NOT a large dog

We once had a 150 lb. Newfie/Golden mix. He was over 6 feet long and stood about 3 feet high.

He was not very agile -- climbing ladders was definitely out. In fact, I'm not sure he would have fit through the companionway anyways! He had to sleep out in the cockpit, which was not very fun for him or us. To get him from the launch onto the boat, we would first lift his front legs up to the deck, and then boost his hind end up.

Unfortunately, he died of a very aggressive cancer at a young age. We still miss him

Now we have a "small" ~60 lb. Flat-Coated Retriever Mix, who is much more agile and probably will be able to manage ladders, the companionway, etc... We'll find out this summer.
Man, I've never had so much respect due me!

I think Jolson is a 'big' dog. I think a 150 lb Newfie is a 'huge' dog.

I figured by the responses that there was some history to the topic. I assumed that it had been addressed frequently, but I haven't seen anything about it in the few months that I've been checking in here. I did follow the link that Sailaway21 posted. Now I understand the eye-rolling reactions.

It sounds as though short hops with a 'largish' dog are doable, but avoid the long cruises. That's kind of what I thought, I was just hoping to hear that somebody had found a way to deal with it.

Regarding hauling Jolson over the side - while physically possible: I don't think my gellcoat would fare very well. We do have a Life-Sling, but, as I said, I think the dog would freak if I tried that on him.

Anyhow, thanks to all for their responses.

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I have friends who sailed in Lake Ontario with a 13 year old Great Dane named "Wilma". But the boat was steel, and she looked half-dead already, the poor old dear. She needed assistance with the companionway, but mostly stayed curled up (ok, a big curl) in the center cockpit.

They took her out in pretty tame weather, but she went with them on longer cruises, too. Now they have little 20 lb. poodle crosses that are more suitable.

But that's Lake Ontario. I am pretty sure they wouldn't consider going offshore or even in situations where there were swells of any size, with their dogs.
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hOW WOULD A jACK Russel Taste three weeks out in a dog stew ?
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