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Old 17-11-2010, 13:35   #1
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Is it Better to Have a Net to Protect Dog Visitors ?

love this little guy and will keep him with me on the boat most of next summer...was wondering if I should instal a net or not...the dog will never be left unattended.
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Old 17-11-2010, 13:55   #2
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Id' say it's better to have a net:

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Old 17-11-2010, 13:55   #3
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If it were my dog, I'd feel a lot more comfortable with net between the lifelines. It's not strictly necessary, more a question of how confident you are that your dog is smart enough (and has good enough balance) to stay on the deck when a powerboat wake hits. The net also has advantages for children and poorly-balanced adults... a fair tradeoff, IMHO, for usually being a bit ugly.
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Old 17-11-2010, 14:04   #4
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Don't have nets on my liveaboard motoryacht but when I get my sailboat next year nets will be one of the first things on my list. As i'm sure you know, little dogs can get quite clumsy sometimes so it's got to be a wise option.
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For a dog on board I would certainly advise having the lifeline nets. Dogs when excited like to run and when they do so their claws extend. Now you have an animal with half or less of its traction available on the hard fiberglass deck. Stopping can get comical but the netting will keep the animal on board until it learns where the "edges" of the boat are located.
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Damn right you need a net,,,,
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Old 17-11-2010, 15:01   #7
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My "never left unattended" mutt has taken two "kerplunk" trips into the drink.

That being said, I got her out immediately, because she was never left unattended.
I have no doubt that she would be history if I failed to fish her out within one minute. She's a pug mix, not a good swimmer.

If we were cruising, and my boat wasn't a daysailer/dockside-liveaboard she would get nets.
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A net? Don't even think once about it, get it and install it. I've heard tales of people who have lost their dogs, even in waters as benign as the ICW. Then, get one of Boatman's style of net as well. Good tip there.
I cruised for a bit without a net and was absolutely terrified every moment that my pup would find a way to go over. With the net, it's much less stressful and I can sit here below typing to you with no concerns.
Keep in mind, some anchorages have strong currents. You don't have to be moving for a fall overboard to be dangerous to your buddy.
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critters inflataqbles and for a goggie--yes net!!!! wouldnt hurt to tether while underway---i do that with kat.....
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Not to politicize this thread, but my cat/chief engineer, Scupper, is laughing about the fact that dogs need nets.

You've made his day.
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A life vest while away from the dock is a must for breeds like pugs who naturally sorta sink ; -)

And the advantage of the vest is it will have a handle on the back that allows you to reach over and grab and lift easily, with a hand or a boat hook... also something to tether to in weather.

we don't leave the dock with out zipping Cara up!



and I don't know where I could find one of Boatmans nets... big enough ta use on my girl!


heh... fat cats aint active enought ta fall overboard... Scupper is a cabin mate as I recall!
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get em a jacket ! This ones by Body Glove and is neoprene. But then again my wild ball chasing Jack wont go on deck.She's terrified of being out there and wont move if I put her out there.Never has even tried to leave the cockpit. Also telescoping swimming poles work nicely.They're cheap,super long and you can switch the attachments as needed
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Not to politicize this thread, but my cat/chief engineer, Scupper, is laughing about the fact that dogs need nets.

You've made his day.
meouw!! MEOUW!! I wrote that, not momms--i am a boatkat and momms is fixing her boat for sailing she says.. meouw.... goggies needs nets .. all kindsa nets.....i not fat. i hunt and protects momms. MEOURW.
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heh... fat cats aint active enought ta fall overboard... Scupper is a cabin mate as I recall!
I gave Scupper the opportunity to set the record straight, but he only pointed out that while the majority of people reading this post will be watching the playoffs this afternoon, he'll be out sailing.
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sailing? wow...neat trick Bash!

We will be out too... but I suspect it's gonna be motoring in our neck of the Bay... You all REALLY gonna have wind today? I'm jealous!

Gonna be down by alameda any chance? meet ya fer a drink!
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