My wife and I are considering upgrading to a larger boat
. We have a 1974 Pearson 30
, to which we have strong sentimental attachments because its our first boat
. We do a great deal of daysailing on Lake Travis in Texas
but we have aspirations of cruising one day. While we used to do many overnights, that kind of dwindled when we got our hundred pound yellow lab. We aren't keen on having the dog aboard for fear of him falling off while under way- or just needing to be taken off the boat for walk. I haven't figured a way to get him on and off the boat while at anchor
. We don't have a dinghy
and even if we did it would be quite a trick.
I know that the admiral will be much more inclined to spend a night or two on the boat if she could bring the hound dog.
My ideal boat would be something 35-42 feet long with a swim platform that could be used to get the dog on and off. I've been looking around and it seems that the only boats that meet this are Hunters, Catalinas and Beneteau- but I don't like the lines nearly as much as my P30. We've ruled out cats because of put-in, haul-out and docking
So the questions are:
If you have a big dog- what type of boat do you have and how do you get mans best friend on and off.