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Old 03-11-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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I have a dog problem

I'm trying to figure out how to get him into my dingy without picking him up, and I have no clue. He's about 90 lbs (big dog).
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:41 PM   #2
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I have seen people design and build ramps that go from the aft gunwale parallel to the transom down to a swim step. Dog walks down the ramp onto the swim step and jumps into the dinghy. Does the reverse getting back aboard. The trick is to design it so that you can still have access to the swim step, too.

If you have a mast and boom you might be able to rig a sling for your dog, get him used to being suspended in it, and then lower and raise him from the dinghy.

A 90 pound dog is not an easy (or possible) thing to pick up and lower down to a swim step or lift back up from a swimstep. Our dogs have all been about 50 pounds plus our transom is not all that high. So it's a pretty easy lift down and boost back up.

I'm thinking your best bet will be some sort of ramp you can attach to your transom gunwale when you need it and stow it somewhere when you don't.

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Old 03-11-2013, 10:51 PM   #3
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I have a similar situation and completely sympathize. Fortunately we have a Beagle so am going to try a dog life vest with handle and see how it goes.

I can't imagine 90 lbs. Good luck and please let us know what you come up with.

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I can't imagine boating with a dog, while others can't imagine boating without one.
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There are some ramp and sling suggestions in this thread.

Hello from Long Island NY

A davit with winch and sling are probably your best bet.....some boats and boat operations are not easy with dogs unless you are willing to take some dramatic measures.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:14 AM   #6
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:26 AM   #7
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I can't imagine boating with a dog, while others can't imagine boating without one.
I can imagine it because many boating friends have dogs and we see and hear about it all the time.

After being dogless for many years, my wife has decided that she needs a new dog. She has picked her out and put a deposit on her. I tried to talk her out of it, explaining how it would make boating more difficult, but she feels she has all the answers.

It's a Yorkie and should grow to no more than six pounds or so so getting it into a dingy should not be a problem. She plans to train it to use pads so we won't have to take it to shore to do its business.

We shall see.
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:59 AM   #8
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I can't imagine boating with a dog, while others can't imagine boating without one.
I'm the same. Especially if you are cruising vs day trips. You end up being the crew for the dog, the dog drives the boat's agenda. We've seen it time and time again. Even those who manage to set up a doggy "head" and train the dog to use it...the crew still cleans up after and most dogs still need to be walked on a regular basis head or no. I think of all the times I have seen someone taking the dinghy out in miserable weather to some muddy marsh or distant beach to "walk" the dog.

But dogs are an emotional substitute for children in many people's lives, I get that. We love dogs and always had dogs before we went cruising, but when we did, one of the first things we did was to give the dog to one of our kids (grown up). By the way, for little dogs, like the Jack Russell/Corgi mix mutt we had last, the lifejacket with the handle worked great and he liked wearing it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:09 AM   #9
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By the way, for little dogs, like the Jack Russell/Corgi mix mutt we had last, the lifejacket with the handle worked great and he liked wearing it.
Thanks for that feedback George. Bodes well for our Beagle.

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We found boarding our yellow lab was the answer, he got seasick and had the runs from stealing boating snacks and drinks.
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:34 AM   #12
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I'm trying to figure out how to get him into my dingy without picking him up, and I have no clue. He's about 90 lbs (big dog).
With a 90-pound dog, you should be thankful that your boat has a cockpit and not an elevated deck. Build a transom gate and your dog can just walk in and out.
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Our last boat required boarding from a three rung side hung ladder. When our Lab was young he had no trouble embarking or debarking (pun intended). When he got older, we had to buy him a new boat with a swim platform and transom gate. He loves it, although he sometimes falls off/in when he gets a little too zealous on anti-gull duty.

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Old 03-12-2013, 02:03 PM   #14
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I'm trying to figure out how to get him into my dingy without picking him up, and I have no clue. He's about 90 lbs (big dog).
One costly solution that everyone would benefit from would be to put a door in the transom like dwhatty has. Sometimes referred to as "tuna doors" by the sport fishing crowd. How well does your cockpit drain?
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We have had an aluminum step fabricated from our sundeck to the swim platform. for about $1K installed. The steps are at a 45 degree angle with 11 inch rise per tread.
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We have friends with a 53 DeFever POC. There is no cockpit and a long way to the swim step. They use this with a 125# shepard and the dingy davit. Also works great at at a foreign dock.
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We have friends with a 53 DeFever POC. There is no cockpit and a long way to the swim step. They use this with a 125# shepard and the dingy davit. Also works great at at a foreign dock.
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You have the correct answer. Garhauer in CA makes an outboard motor crane that is $300. It will work great for a 90# dog if used with the sling mentioned above.

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I'm trying to figure out how to get him into my dingy without picking him up, and I have no clue. He's about 90 lbs (big dog).
How handy are you with tools and fiberglass? You might want to consider cutting a transom door on your boat. Obviously no easy chore but some of the big sport-fishers have that. 90 pounds is a big boy. Ours is 80. Fortunately he's a good jumper. For now.
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