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Old 31-03-2016, 14:02   #16
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Re: Getting a dog on and off a boat

The dog will do it mostly on it's own. Our lab mix goes in and out of the dinghy with a little coaxing and help/but doesn't need much.

a little push on her but as she jumps up to the boat and she's in.


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Re: Getting a dog on and off a boat

We sailed with a 65# Labrador until she died. She had no problem jumping down into the dinghy with a bit of encouragement and a boost to get her out. Same for getting up and down the long companionway ladder on our Westsail 32. Biggest problem was keeping her on board when anchored. She'd jump in the water at the least provocation. Hope you don't have teak decks or teak and holly cabin sole. Her claws scratched up the cabin sole pretty badly trying to get traction when under sail. Not a problem with our fiberglass decks topside.

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Re: Getting a dog on and off a boat

We rigged a bracket to the inboard end of our gangplank (3m long), which fitted around the stanchion on for forrard side of our side gate. Hubby would then bring the dink round and rest the other end on its gunwhale. The addition of a few footgrips to the plank, allowed Hector, our arthritic German Shep, to make a stately progress after a few nervous attempts. Not strong enough for human transit, but fine for a dog.

NB. Remind hubby that he has added the footgrips to gangplank regularly, or he and the dozen bottles of French red he has just bought could end up in the Oggin - pisshead.
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Re: Getting a dog on and off a boat

The best method is voice - Rover, get off the boat;Rover, get on the boat. If the dog is deaf or disobedient, the next best method is the tail. Seize it towards the end with both hands, swing the hound through 360 degrees and release at the appropriate point. The rotation builds the energy required to propel the dog on or off the boat - preferably off.
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Re: Getting a dog on and off a boat

I've found that the dinghy is the easy route. That said we have a fairly dog friendly swim step. The problem is when the dinghy is on deck and the wharf is meant for fishing boats. Last summer while a three week trip my first task upon arrival was hoisting our 85 pound Labrador up onto those monstrosities. We had stopped in eight ports and had the luxury of floating docks in one.

Thing is if you want your dog to come along you have to put in the effort. Our Jack is well worth the effort and he wouldn't want to watch us leave without him.

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