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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

These are all very helpful suggestions as I also have a 76 pound Lab who will need to board a dinghy this year.
He is quite athletic and I believe will do quite well, however the logistics for the first time can be intimidating
I think with the doggy PFD for the handle, and his ability to jump, we'll be okay.
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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

PAWS ABOARD
The above link (if I did it correctly) is for PAWS ABOARD. This may save you a sore back.
I am considering this for our 90 pound Chocolate Lab.
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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

No problem. Have low freeboard on 31 ft boat. bassett get in and out at boarding gate with just a little help going up. Beagle goes in/out on his own. Strongly recommend Critter Inflatables PFD for dogs. Saved the Beagles life one cold day. Dogs don't mind them at all. Also I secure the dingy tightly both fore and aft and also in the middle so that a jump to deck doesn't push the dingy away. has worked reliable for hundreds of trips!
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PS the Critter Inflatables can be found on the internet. Pricey but mine don't go in the dinghy or underway without them on.
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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

Flotation kit is available for things like Pet Step.
Or, you can make your own, like I did, out of poly water jugs.
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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

We've used Paws aboard, and then moved to a homemade one like jjablonowski shows above. Important to get something light and easy enough to stow and assemble, yet durable that it will not fail, scaring the dog from using it again. Our backup has always been a good harness to grab or use the halyard to hoist.
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Thanks so much!
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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

This has been a very useful thread. Thanks guys. We just got our first sailboat and were debating different ways to get our 80 pound 14 year old shepherd cross in and out. My biggest concern is not getting her in and out at home port because the docks at our club are almost even with the deck of our Alberg 30. But what to do if that's not the case where ever we visit. You've given me some good ideas to play with.
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Re: Suggestions for getting a dog from boat to dinghy (and back again!)

PIV:
While not a PFD per se, this RuffWear harness is pretty well made if you go the route of using some type of overhead tackle:

Ruffwear DoubleBack

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