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The Something Wagging crew is pretty minimalist. If it’s going to join us on the boat, it has to be useful, a good value, and well made.
Here are a few cool things we rely on to keep Honey, our boat dog, safe and having fun.
Getting On & Off The Boat
We’ve used two ramps on Meander. Each has its pros and cons.
The folding ramp by Gen7 (Amazon) has a handle, helpful for swinging around on a crowded dock. We also use it as a secure point to tie the ramp to a piling or cleat. The fake grass surface is very secure and keeps Honey from slipping. Most of the ramp is plastic but there are metal screws that get surface rust in a marine environment.
Solvit’s telescoping ramp (Amazon) is long enough to hit any dock. We’ve even used it to reach land when we grounded ten feet from the dock (shh, don’t tell Solvit; they make a point of stating that the ramps are for pet use only). The ramp will float (briefly) giving you time to recover it if it goes overboard. But the surface is more slippery for dog paws.
Lots of cruisers use the handle on their dog’s life jacket to lift them in and out of the water. In a pinch, it will work. But you don’t want to rely on it every day. We use the Ruffler Double Back Harness (Amazon) to lower Honey into the dinghy. And it’s even secure enough to lower her off the boat when we’re on the hard.
Honey never felt secure when I handed her off to Mike standing in the dinghy. But when we lower her into the dinghy (or all the way to the ground) using a block and tackle, she’s more secure. We attach the Lifesling 3-to-1 lifting hoist to the boom and lower her like an angel. Honey weighs 50 pounds and I can lift her easily.
More items coming soon. Watch this space.