During the long wait to buy our new sailboat, I’ve had plenty of time to say to myself, “MY DOG. AM I CRAZY TO WANT TO LIVE ON A SMALL BOAT WITH A BIG DOG?”
Yes, yes I am crazy.
But I’ve also thought of a few reasons everyone should sail with a dog.
Sail With A Dog? Heck Yeah!
By the time I’m finished with my list, America’s Cup captains will be visiting shelters, looking for the perfect sailing dog.
1. A sailor has to know which direction the wind is blowing, right? With light golden hairs flying off Honey at all times, it’s obvious. Just look to see where the fur is blowing.
2. One of the toughest problems on a tiny boat is getting rid of trash. In fact, I should probably trade Honey in for an eat-anything Labrador.
Or get a goat.
3. Boat insurance companies are kinda fussy about hurricanes. They won’t allow insured boats to travel south through hurricane alley until after October.
I don’t know about you. But if the only thing between me and freezing cold water is a thin wall of fiberglass, I want a dog to cuddle.
4. A dog fits much better in a boat cabin than a pet elephant.
5. If a $100 winch handle goes flying out of the cockpit, I want a water dog standing by with an insane desire to retrieve stuff.
6. Because having to dinghy the dog to shore twice a day for potty and exercise breaks will keep us from becoming lazy lushes like so many other cruising sailors.
(Sorry, but I do worry that I don’t drink enough to be a cruising sailor. The ability to hold liquor is more valued in some sailing circles than the skill of approaching a dock in opposing wind between two mega yachts without nicking gel coat.)
7. In a hurry, when all cleats are taken, I want the ability to stick a line under a dog butt and know it will stay put.
8. In a buggy anchorage, I’d like to think every mosquito isn’t feasting only on me.
Sorry Honey. But I can’t afford to be the only one feeding the little bloodsuckers.
9. And the best reason anyone could have for sailing with a dog?
When everyone else thinks you’re crazy for selling your house and living in a tiny vessel with almost no money, it’s nice to have someone by your side who is up for absolutely anything and never makes fun of your choices.
For everyone who waiting for cute pictures of Honey on tropical beaches, this has been a long process.
We’re currently waiting for the owners of our boat to make repairs so we can take over and move aboard.
Y’know, having water come aboard through the hole where the rudder attachment passes through the boat is not a good thing. We should probably have that fixed before we go anywhere.
Hopefully we’ll moving aboard in a couple more weeks.
And if you want to virtually join our adventure, don’t miss out. You have only one more day to win your dog his or her very own Kurgo Surf ‘n Turf life jacket.
After all, every adventure starts somewhere.
Your Turn: Crazy to live on a small boat with a large dog? Or really crazy to live on a small boat with a dog? Or would you do it too if you had a chance?