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Sailing with a large dog?
I'm sure this has come up a few times - and I have used the search function (but I seem to get all of Sailing Dog's posts as a response) - but how would you suggest dealing with a large dog on my boat?
My dog, Jolson (a mostly border collie + everything else), weighs about 70 lbs. He loves the water but only if his feet can touch the bottom. His only experiences on a boat were once in my canoe - which he hated, and one night on my boat at the marina - which he didn't mind.
The challenge is getting him back aboard when we are not at a dock. I have a freeboard of about 3'. We do not have a transom gate or swim platform.
I'm sure that Jolson's claws would shred my dinghy.
I want to take him cruising with me but I can't think of how to deal with his toillette. I'm really not keen on the astro-turf solution.
Does anyone have any suggestions for getting him back aboard while at anchor?
There is a doggy ramp that attaches to a swim platform, but I don't think it would be anywhere near long enough with my freeboard. Is there another devise that would do the trick?
I thought of some kind of sling, but Jolson would freak.
Anyhow, any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated.
1989 Hunter 30'
Southern Georgian Bay
Visualize the vastness of the oceans; the infinity of the heavens; the fickleness of the wind; the artistry of the craft and the frailty of the sailor. The oneness that may be achieved through the harmony of these things may lead one to enlightenment. - Flying Welshman