Originally Posted by Saillovers
We saw and interesting item at the Miami
International Boat show
in regards to pet overboard alarms. We cannot located their card and we our now planning an offshore
journey with our inexperienced Jack Russell. Does anyone know about this or similar items?
We lived aboard and sailed with two Jack Russells and a cat for many years. Now we have four whippets. We have several pet overboard safety
systems on board:
1. Reflective collars with our boat's description and name on them.
2. "Pool Safety
Turtle" electronic pet overboard alarm system. This is an alarm system originally designed for small children
around pools. The base unit sounds a VERY loud alarm when one of the sensors hits the water
within 100 feet of it. The individual sensors are about 1" BY 1" and easily attach with velcro to a dog's collar (see picture) or to a human's pfd
. The sensors are shaped like turtles to get kids
to wear them hence the name, "Safety Turtle". The GREAT thing about this alarm system is that it is VERY inexpensive. You can buy a used base unit and a couple sensors easily for less than $100.00 on Ebay. I guess they are so cheap
because they are used for a few years and then the kids
grow up. Also, when a product is not made exclusively for boaters, it always seems to be cheaper. The one I bought was $60 and looked like it was new, right out of the box. When you think about it, the used units can't be that "used". You can buy as many sensors as you have pets
The only caveat is, they WILL activate by immersion in salt water
(we've tested them) BUT if they remain submerged under salt water
they WILL NOT activate the alarm, so they HAVE to be attached on the top of the pets collar (behind the head) or on the shoulder of a human pfd
. This way the sensor gets wet with the initial submersing but then pops out of the water
due to the swimming of the pet or the flotation of the pfd and activates the alarm. On pet's collar we found it is a good idea to attach brass dog tags to the ring on the collar and the "Safety Turtle" to the other side. Since the "Safety Turtle" sensor weighs almost nothing, the weight of the brass tags always keeps the sensor on top of the dog's neck.
3. Pet pfds when under way.
4. Netting or in our case Textoline panels
from the deck
to the first life line.
5. "Paws Aboard" pet boarding ladder on one of our transom steps when we are at anchor.
Hope this helps. We loved our sailing Jacks!