Yacht Channel


Yachting with your Dog

Oh, the joy of yachting! Basking in the glow of the warm sun, taking a leisurely nap on deck, enjoying a swim in the cool, blue waters, experiencing the ultimate relaxation. And, of course, enjoying the friendly company of those you love, which for many these days includes the family dog.

Follow these simple steps to make yachting with your pooch a success...

PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

A PFD, otherwise known as a life jacket, is an important doggy accessory both at sea and while docked, even if your dog knows how to swim. Even the best swimmer can become panicked when thrown from the deck or when submersed in cold water, and a PFD ensures that they will not suffer from exhaustion or worse. Be sure to take your dog with you when buying its PFD so you are able to make sure that it fits properly. It is also important to have your pet wear their PFD while on dry land in order to become accustomed to it, as well as to have them practice swimming in it before venturing out to sea. We recommend trying one of RuffWear's Float Coats.

Boat Access

Getting onboard, from both on the dock and in the water, can be assisted by a pet ramp, as well as by the handles on the back of your pet's PFD. Dogs weigh more wet than dry, so having the proper equipment can make handling them much easier. We recommend trying the Doggy Boat Ladder by Paws Aboard. It has the ability to attach securely to almost any boat ladder.

But before including your pooch in your hobby-of-choice, it is important to remember a few key tips, so that what starts off as a fun adventure in the sand, surf and sun doesn't turn into an exercise in bad dog ownership.

Identification Tag

Always make sure that your pet is wearing proper identification. We suggest having a separate identification tag made for days on the boat that includes your marina's address and your slip number.

Understand Their Limitations

Obviously, dogs do not understand their own limitations, so it is important for you, the owner, to set proper boundaries and rules in order to protect your pet from exhaustion and other possible harm.