Originally Posted by Miz Trom
Another thing to consider about our beloved dogs on the flybridge is safety, i.e. how easily can they fall off or get tossed about? Big wake, unexpected sudden stop (grounding) - these things sometimes happen on a boat. People can grab the railings; dogs cannot.
reminds me of a couple funny stories..funny after they turned out well.
Many years ago we had a chinese trawler on which our dogs could climb up the stairs to the flybridge. We had a couple blue healers. One would just plop down on the deck and sleep. the other, Ron the deaf dog, would jump up on the dash in front of the fly bridge steering station and watch the world go by.
We were backing out of a slip at Poulsbo, Wa marina when Ron went to hop up on the dash. He miscalculated and jumped over the side, down into the water. My wife at the time panicked. All she saw was a figure fly by the galley window and though I'd fallen in.
Since you can't call him, it took some fussing around for a few minutes before he swam close enough to grab. All ended well.
On other day, I was delivering a 36' Grand Banks to a sales office in Lake Union. For those familiar with the ballard locks, you know that you often just "hover" outside the west end of the locks, waiting for them to open. There really is no great place to tie off.
In the middle of this "hovering" the boat owner's little boston terrier just jumped over the side into the water. Same deal..lots of sweating and swearing before he finally got close enough to the swim step to grab.
Never a dull moment when you have dogs aboard.