I'l be blunt. Cruising with animals
is a bad idea.
A litterbox (for the cat) is going to stink up an already small space with unpleasantness. And anyone with an allergy (me) will not be able to go on your boat
at all. Cat fur on your clothes, on the cushions
, in your food
I recently replied to a local ad for a boat
that just might have been my dreamboat. But when I learned that they had cruised with a cat, I knew I could never buy/sail that boat. I'm allergic to cats, and no amount of cleaning
would ever make that boat safe for me.
I sailed with my 70 pound mixed breed dog. She was a lovely dog, always well behaved. But it was not pleasant for her. Dogs
need to run. They need to poop in the grass
. When I sailed with my dog, I did very little sailing, always rushing to a dock
for her to do her business. She just lay on a bunk when we were underway. If the weather
was rough she was scared, but there was nothing I could do for her. She loved the islands we would visit...she could swim and run and catch mice...she loved it. She loved the places we went. But overall, she would have been better off at home. After she passed, suddenly I could anchor
out all the time. I could sail all day without concern. It was better sailing for me.
Bringing a pet sailing is nice for you, not the pet.