It’s okay to admit it – your furry friend is also your best friend, and you want to take them everywhere.
If you’re a pet owner who hasn’t taken their furry friend out on the water yet, it can seem a little intimidating. But don’t worry – we’ve put together a really easy list of ways to prepare for your yacht charter. In case you need it, you can check out these products that will make your pets safe out there while you set sail. We want your experience with your cat or dog to be fun and rewarding!
Before you get on the boat:
It’s important to make a list of everything you need before you ever step foot on your yacht.
Start with the basics: If you don’t have one already, pick up an extra leash and a collar with yours and your pet’s information on an ID tag. For pets with a microchip, take a trip to your vet to make sure that everything, including their shots, are up-to-date. (And while you’re there, ask your veterinarian if a seasickness medication is right for your furry friend – this may be useful if they tend to get sick easily!)
Safety gear: Depending on the size of your pet, they will need either a fitted life jacket or a personal flotation device. Consider allowing them to wear the floatie prior to your yacht charter so they may feel comfortable wearing the gear beforehand. If you have a dog, they can practice swimming with the life jacket so they feel more comfortable and calm while in the water.
Get them used to the environment: If possible, get your cat or dog acclimated to being on the deck of a yacht by allowing them to explore beforehand. Let them listen to typical boat noises – such as the start of an engine – this will make them less surprised or scared on the day of your yacht charter.
Getting into the boat: For larger pets that cannot be carried, get a ramp or companionway stairs for them to easily walk onto the boat. If they fall off the boat during the trip, create a self-rescue system, such as a coiled line, so that your pet may climb back on by themselves if necessary. A fishnet on a line is a useful way to scoop up smaller cats or dogs who have fallen into the water by accident.
After you get on the boat:
Once you get on the boat, you’re job’s not done yet! These tips will help your pet feel safe and secure on your yacht charter.
Create a “safe spot”: Help your furry friends feel comfortable on board with cushions, towels, or a pet bed – this will be their designated area that is just for them. Be sure to bring their favorite toy or pillow to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Once that’s set up, make sure they can’t reach anything that can be hazardous to their health – including food, drinks, or materials for them to reach. Their food and water dish should also be close by. And speaking of water…
Hydration, hydration, hydration! The sun is out and your pets are covered in warm fur. This means leaving fresh water out on a hot day is a must. Keep their water in a non-slip water dish, or on a non-slip mat, in case of spillage.
Sun protection: Cats and dogs need to be protected from the sun, too! Make sure they have easy access to a shaded area to keep their skin protected. Don’t forget the pet sunblock!
Potty breaks: Take a piece of artificial turf, a box of sod, or a litter box as a suitable restroom. Make sure your pet knows to use the designated bathroom before your yacht charter.
Obedience practice: Commands such as “sit”, “stay”, and “on/off boat” can actually save your dog from falling in the water. Cats are much less likely to obey commands, so creating a safe space for them is very important.
Our final piece of advice:
If your dog, cat, or other furry friend just isn’t comfortable being on the water, feel free to leave them with a trusted friend or relative. Bringing them out to a boating environment a little at a time may help, but if they’re just too uncomfortable, your yachting excursion may not be as fun. Stay safe and have fun on the water!
Boatsetter is excited to serve you and your furry friends. Our pet-friendly yacht charters are perfect for sailing, cruises, or fishing tours on the water with your best friend. You don’t have to leave home without them – book a book today!