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Old 07-06-2013, 04:02 PM
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New to boating so I have some pretty silly questions to most of you I'm sure. But that's OK, I have thick skin and will learn despite of it all. LOL I was just given a 1973 22' Bell Boy boat with a I/O Ford 302. My best buddy is Lexus my 7 year old yellow lab. I purchased a life vest for her and it will be arriving next week sometime but was wondering if anyone here has devised a floating dog ramp or ladder that a dog can master to get back in the boat? I know this dog and she is going to be in the water so I want to be proactive on a way to get her back in the boat. Any advice or insight on boating with the pooch would be appreciated. She is a very kick back dog and minds better than most kids! She wont be a problem in that respect. Thanks again.
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West Marine sells one, seems a little pricey but you can see the dimensions and get a good idea on how to make your own.

http://www.westmarine.com/webapp/wcs...4#.Udii4m3ldTg
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Too much trouble taking a dog, there's enough to keep a lookout for without fido.
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My lab loved going on the boat - at least when it was not moving. When we would stop to swim he was right there beside us the entire time - he was in the water right up until we fired up the engine.
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Our dog loves the boat. buy a life jacket that has the handle on the back and you can pull him aboard.
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I used a carpet covered plank with a small boat fender tied about a third of the way up. That way the end woul sink low enough for the dogs hind legs to get on. That said it lived on the swim step of our 50' trawler. Could be a problem on a small boat.
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Originally Posted by Hunky Dory View Post
Our dog loves the boat. buy a life jacket that has the handle on the back and you can pull him aboard.
^^ this. You may also want to look into the neoprene life vests, they may be less annoying for the dog to wear. (although, I saw one with the buoyancy foam on the BOTTOM, wth?!)
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Originally Posted by Tingum View Post
I used a carpet covered plank with a small boat fender tied about a third of the way up. That way the end woul sink low enough for the dogs hind legs to get on. That said it lived on the swim step of our 50' trawler. Could be a problem on a small boat.
The ramp with the bumper attached sounds like a good idea. Think I will end up doing something like that. Thanks for the reply's on this. Lexus is with me 24/ 7 and she just loves getting out and doing different things as much as I. Im looking forward to taking her along.

This is the style of vest I got... Hers is bright red with reflective stripes for safety reasons.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
^^ this. You may also want to look into the neoprene life vests, they may be less annoying for the dog to wear. (although, I saw one with the buoyancy foam on the BOTTOM, wth?!)
This works, assuming you can lift your dog.

Also, don't let the dog up on the bow. Hear horror stories every year of dog going off the bow and bad things happening. I don't even like typing stuff like this.

We have two, one loves the boat, one hates it. The rescue despises it, the purebred breeder dog loves it and can't get enough. I usually take him out in the winter when its quieter, as he thinks dolphins, birds, and other dogs on boats all need close investigation. He is a strong swimmer and hasn't worn a life jacket since he was a pup. If I take him out, its usually just him and me and a few fishing rods, so he gets constant attention.

Yes that's my jacket. He was shivering like a crackhead.
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Originally Posted by Double tyme View Post
This works, assuming you can lift your dog.

Also, don't let the dog up on the bow. Hear horror stories every year of dog going off the bow and bad things happening. I don't even like typing stuff like this.

We have two, one loves the boat, one hates it. The rescue despises it, the purebred breeder dog loves it and can't get enough. I usually take him out in the winter when its quieter, as he thinks dolphins, birds, and other dogs on boats all need close investigation. He is a strong swimmer and hasn't worn a life jacket since he was a pup. If I take him out, its usually just him and me and a few fishing rods, so he gets constant attention.

Yes that's my jacket. He was shivering like a crackhead.
The Lab is a great swimmer the vest is just incase something were to happen. The bow riding makes perfect sense and see will not be up there fore sure. She is a really mellow dog and doesn't get worked up about other dogs or anything for that matter. She gets a little protective at night but I cant foresee any issues with her being a PITA. Thanks for the insights here!
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
Too much trouble taking a dog, there's enough to keep a lookout for without fido.
I agree 100%.
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Take mine all the time. He enjoys it and I enjoy watching him. It is a pain getting him back in.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
Too much trouble taking a dog, there's enough to keep a lookout for without fido.
Seriously ;?
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
Seriously ;?
Hey some people just aren't dog people... No Biggie, I totally get it...

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If you make the ramp with the bumper attached, add a few runners (wood) so the dog can step against something
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Originally Posted by Thalasso View Post
If you make the ramp with the bumper attached, add a few runners (wood) so the dog can step against something
Good point... was thinking about one of those fiber glass extension ramps for vehicles as I really dont want the ramp to float. The placement of the bumper will be all the flotation needed I think. They are wide and have a nice rough grip surface but a couple of rungs added to the end might be perfect for added traction. Was thinking something like these...

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=445823
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Our dog loves to water ski.




He actually like the water so much we purcahsed him a Jet Ski.

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He is starting to show off in front of all the other dogs.



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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
He is starting to show off in front of all the other dogs.



Man those dogs have skills! So this is what I can look forward to in time?

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