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Train the dog to tail while you are pulling in the sheet on the winch. Maybe you could train the dog to bark at the winch or crank it too! Shouldn't be so hard. Cezar Milan says dogs like to have jobs. Too bad he is not a cat expert also.
Felines are natural hunters though so if you can train your cat to go after flies, mosquitoes and no-see ums then you may not need as much screening while in the tropics. Cats will instinctively go after mice if they are not too fat and lazy. For the bigger rats you might consider bringing along a Maine Coon cat 'cuz they are bigger still.
On the other hand, all of these animals can get just as seasick as you can.
On a somewhat more serious note, I just finished reading the biography of Beryl & Miles Smeeton "High Endeavors", who sailed their yacht 'Tzu Hang' around the globe with their Siamese cat 'Pwe'. Their cat died on land after they sold their boat at the old age of about 20 years. It also fell overboard once but they rescued it.
Good luck however you work it out.
"The cure for anything is salt water~ sweat, tears, or the sea." ~Isak Denesen
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