Scarlet, you can have a 'poop deck' for your dogs
. Get a piece of astro-turf, put grommets in the corners so that you can secure it on deck
and drag it behind the boat to wash it while underway. Always put it down in the same location so that the dogs can be readily trained to use it.
will give you more places on deck
that can be utilized and that are somewhat out of the way. What is more, the lack of heeling on a catamaran
will make it easier for the pooches. Of course accidents will happen, but can be dealt with by using your deck wash.
Really, I suspect the major problem cruising internationally wtih dogs will not be training them (if they are already trained not to go in the house), it will be the quarantine regulations
in many destinations.
A fish cleaning
station? It is easy enough to puchase (or make) a fish-cleaning board with a lip with removable brackets that can be attached to your stern rail. If you have an outdoor shower
(and most do aft of the cockpit), you can rinse off easily after you are done. If not, there is nothing wrong with a bucket or two of salt
Features I quite like? A deck shower
, an interior
shower compartment separate from the head
compartment (avoids moisture build-up in the head), a propane
heater for the shower and galley
(gives you virtually unlimited hot water without the need to start the diesels or be plugged into a dock), a proper wet locker near the companionway
(yes, you can hang your weather
gear">foul weather gear in one of the head
compartments if you don't use it, but what a waste of space); a dedicated work bench and area for tool/spares storage
None of these are 'must-haves', but all of them are nice features in my opinion.