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Old 13-05-2018, 07:12   #1
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Solutions for getting a medium sized dog in and out of the cabin

I am looking for suggestions on how people get their dogs over 40 pounds into and out of the cabin of a center cockpit. The access to the cabin is quite steep and high, over 6', which is great for headroom but not so much when you need to carry a medium sized pupper into and out of the cabin. He has made the jump down a couple of times but that is really not ideal and is not even a bit safe in a sea way. Carrying him up and down isn't too bad while in the dock or at anchor but underway it is just too dangerous.

Anyone else have a similar configuration and a dog bigger than a pocket pup? I have contemplated some sort of elevator but that seems like overkill and changing the pitch of the steps down is not really an option. Anyone have a clever solution for this?
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Re: Solutions for getting a medium sized dog in and out of the cabin

Not sure on the layout of your boat, but our Newfoundland pup (112 as of today!) goes in and out through a cockpit locker that leads to the pilot berth. She refuses to use the ladder, so instead she uses the 'Sadie hole'
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Re: Solutions for getting a medium sized dog in and out of the cabin

How about a ramp down to the aft cabin berth? perhaps, hinged, and non-skidded? could do double duty as a pasarelle, with a little modification. Google on "Pasarelle", and you'll find pictures of many styles.

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