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Old 01-04-2014, 03:18 PM   #1
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We just purchased a Carver 4207 to cruise and live aboard. We have a couple of dogs and want to protect them by installing netting around the deck to keep them from going "swimming". Are there different levels of quality of netting available and where is the best place to purchase it?
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:05 PM   #2
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We just purchased a Carver 4207 to cruise and live aboard. We have a couple of dogs and want to protect them by installing netting around the deck to keep them from going "swimming". Are there different levels of quality of netting available and where is the best place to purchase it?
I've seen some people use netting but my wife decided to use normal 3/16" nylon rope and make her own design. It turned out to look better than netting. This is a picture that I hope you can make out. Note the railing on the upper deck. She also did a similar pattern on the forward deck.

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Old 01-04-2014, 04:40 PM   #3
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Very nice Ron. A huge improvement over many of the options seen in my area. Frugal, practical and attractive. A win/win/win
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:50 PM   #4
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Very cool, but one of our dogs in a Parcell Russel and small enough to get through openings that large. We'll need to use netting.
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:03 PM   #5
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Doggy life jackets would be good back up to the netting.
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Old 01-04-2014, 06:24 PM   #6
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I can't tell you whether you would like it, but you can buy a sturdy plastic netting at a big box home store like Lowes. They come in a small number of colors, Green being fairly prevelant. They are UV resistant, although not all labels actually say so. They are strong, have small holes, can be trimmed to fit a variety of shapes and can be easily mounted with those plastic tie wraps.

If you have a concern about the dogs going under the netting, weaving an appropriately sized nylon cord through the "bottom" set of holes and either looping or tying off to your rail uprights can be an easy solution.

The best part is, the whole thing comes off with just a pair of small cutters to remove the tie wraps and it can all be thrown in the trash in port. AND, a fresh supply of netting stores in a nice skinny cylinder that can tuck in some convenient place.


If this helps, great.
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We have life jackets for both our lab and our hotdog. We started with netting but as they slowly deteriorated went to weaving our own using rope similar to the picture shown in another response. And yes, they will go swimming... I actually have a long handled fish net for back up with the hotdog - already paid for itself.
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like this?

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A doggie PFD is a must IMO. This may sound stupid, and may not even be possible, but what about installing "invisible fencing" around the rails to train them to stay back, just like the one's used in a yard?
Shouldn't interfere with the crew, and probably wouldn't take that long for them to catch on.

Flak jacket on....

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A doggie PFD is a must IMO. This may sound stupid, and may not even be possible, but what about installing "invisible fencing" around the rails to train them to stay back, just like the one's used in a yard?
Shouldn't interfere with the crew, and probably wouldn't take that long for them to catch on.

Flak jacket on....

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Nice thought but as an owner of an invisible fence system I would strongly discourage this. The dogs will associate getting shocked to being on the boat. Now you will have a bigger issue.

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Nice thought but as an owner of an invisible fence system I would strongly discourage this. The dogs will associate getting shocked to being on the boat. Now you will have a bigger issue.

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...well, I did say that it might be a stupid idea
Thanks for the insight, and I can see where you're probably right

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...well, I did say that it might be a stupid idea
Thanks for the insight, and I can see where you're probably right

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The biggest problem is that the field is about 20-24" in diameter. So unless you're dealing with a large yacht there just isn't enough real estate on the average mid size boat.

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I tried an electric fence to keep the dogs off the couches and tearing loose covers. It certainly didn`t put them off couch surfing, but somehow I don`t think it`s top of list for the boat.
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We put this netting on for our small dog 7 yrs ago. Still going strong. Also much cheaper than "marine" netting.

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We have a small (8 lb.) dog and I've considered some sort of netting around the flybridge to keep her safe. In the meantime, we keep her leashed and tie the other end to the boat. She wears a life jacket (DFD) but I'm not sure she would survive a fall from the flybridge to the water.
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Here's a neighbor's Endeavor 44 Power Cat with netting. By their own admission their dog isn't very sure fitted.

Morgan has been on Hobo full time for 6 plus years so no life preserver. The life line on the fore-deck is chest high. He's not allowed out in big seas nor on the fly-bridge. The side and aft decks are well protected on Hobo and he's never fallen or jumped off. Morgan pretty much follows the same rules we do as in what conditions we go on deck or when we stay inside.
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Dog life jackets

The handle on the top of dog life jackets provide a means of retrieving your dog once it falls overboard. Something I hadn't considered until I needed to fish my dog out of the Colombia river in the dead of winter from a log float dock. With the current dragging my 100lb Chocolate Lab under the float and the float being 2ft above the water I couldn't have saved him without his life jacket. Fortunately the harbor master had suggested the jacket a week or two earlier. I hadn't really given any thought to retrieving a dog from a boat with high freeboard until that occasion.
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My dog used to like to swim EVERYWHERE. PFD not needed, but great for visibility for us and other boats. Was very hard to keep him out of the water. Handle on back made it easy to grab him and fish him out when the time came.
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Tom and I pulled an older golden retriever out of the marina water last spring. The fixed docks were so high that dog would not have survived had we not been able to deploy the dink and get to him in time. Not sure how he fell off the dock to begin with, but we dropped everything and dropped the dink and rowed over to him. PFDs are important for some dogs all the time and all dogs some of the time.
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One problem with an electric fence is that it won't stop the dog from being thrown overboard by a wake or wave. Netting and/or a leash are the best solutions. A DFD is also a good idea but a dog would likely be injured or at least too shocked to swim if he/she fell from a flybridge, especially if the dog hit the boat on the way down.

Most DFDs have built in handles. I wouldn't have one without it.
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