Ahoy! Rabbit owner and live-aboard here!
Along with a female first mate and rabbit, I indeed have the worst of omens but the best of luck! I have had a stroke of great fortune since having the two aboard, I can testify without a doubt.
We have a 34' Catalina
and white/gray holland
lop medium size rabbit! Got the bunner through a shelter to help a less fortunate creature, and make the first mate a little happier.
Despite being told he was not potty-trained, a nuisance with cords and furniture, and impossible to cuddle or pick up, we trained him to do all but get held for any long period.
For starters, he learned potty training very quickly! We started with him in a canvas
covered cage in the cockpit
, at first he was a messy little rabbit, very smelly and hard to care for, till we learned all the tricks!
All our rabbit needed was a medium size plastic cat litter tin, good shredded paper bedding, and unlimited Hay(I forget the type of hay), but I don't smell it one bit! He needs hay twice a day, and to replace the cat litter bin every 2-3 days. Here's a hack I learned: Keep a 33 gallon trash bag in the litter box, and you can easily lift
out his litter and throw it out! Replace it with a new trash bag, bedding, and fresh hay. He occasionally leaves little poops around the boat, but they're easily swept, not common, don't smell or leave a mess!
We give him pellets twice a day, and fresh salad once a day! Along with trimming nails and combing his hair, that's it for care!
He has a little spot under the galley
table or in the vbirth floor for his hay which is out of the way!
All he does is binkey around the boat, hop on the sattees when he wants to be pet, and sploots around the boat like a dog.
Now the negatives, every cord has to be covered if it's on the floor or sattees!I lost
3 expensive head
phone sets until I got blue tooth! Also a nightmare for phone charging cables
has to be off the counters and in high places he can't get too! AND IT CAN JUMP 4
FEET IF HE SMELLS MANGO.
Over all, he's just like a cat, and took awhile of easy sailing before he was comfortable with the motions of a boat, and a while till the first mate was comfortable, since she was afraid he would have a heart attack!
BUT. HERE ARE THE FLAWS FOR CRUISING LONGER THAN A WEEK!!!
Our rabbit goes through alot of hay every week! We go through a full 13 gallon bag full of hay every 3-4 weeks! Which is about 4 cubic feet! With 3 rabbits you'll use a ton of hay each week, I assume nearly 13 gallons(3 cubic feet)
Also what size/type boat? How do you currently have them potty trained? After trial and error the method I explained is best, will you have 3 medium hay bins or a custom portion of the boat?
We've also lost
a rabbit that we kept in the cockpit! As well trained as you could train your rabbit, without proper netting and mesh enclosing your lifelines
, and even with, you may lose your rabbit to the see including life jackets! you would need good tether lines in the cockpit
, or to keep them as free roam rabbits below deck!
Rabbits need an unlimited hay diet, so how do you intend to stow enough hay for them? We use alot with just one rabbit!