Originally Posted by Hawgwash
Is that something you could lift him by if you had to?
Yes they are. He also wears a harness, much to his disgust, at all times on both boats. We can lift him with the harness as it's designed not to put pressure on sensitive areas.
This dog is much smarter when it comes to boating than the previous two. When it's rough on the fishing boat he comes out of the forecabin and lies on the floor in the cockpit where the motion is less.
In the cabin cruiser when it's rough he goes and lies down on the floor of the aft cabin which is just above the hull bottom and is the area of least motion in the boat. He has no inclination to go out on deck when it's rough plus the bulwarks on the cabin cruiser are high and the cockpit floor is low in the fishing boat. As he's in no danger of falling overboard on either boat we see no need for him to wear the life vests although we keep them handy next to the ditch bags on both boats.