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Old 25 July 2013, 15:27   #1
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Hello, I am new to boating, and need some advice, and yes, I've searched and haven't really found anything that's exactly what I'm looking for in the threads. I am looking at buying an inflatable boat mainly because its the only type of boat light enough that my new corolla can tow, I just traded in my truck and sold my jet ski last year because I thought I was done with the water, but I guess I wasn't. I am looking at the 15 foot Saturn SD470 with the aluminum floor. My question is, I have two large dogs, one is 85 pounds the other is 65, has anyone had big dogs in their inflatables, or am I just asking to sink? I'm worried their claws will tear the material

The other question I have is, has anyone had any experience with the Saturn line of inflatable boats? I'm thinking of getting a used 20-25 HP outboard. I don't plan on going into the ocean with it, just rivers and lakes, but I never like to rule anything out.

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Old 25 July 2013, 15:39   #2
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Not sure about big dogs but my collie adored our dinghy, a Quicksilver 240, we'd get to the boat on a Friday evening and she'd stare at it till I put it in the water, she'd then play in it for hours. She never caused so much as a scratch but regular walks on hard surfaces meant she always has blunt claws.
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Old 25 July 2013, 15:49   #3
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My dog loves boats and I have a problem keeping her out but we do not normally take her out of the harbour!
Yes that is 3 black Labs in my sib!!!
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Old 25 July 2013, 15:51   #4
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Old 25 July 2013, 15:53   #5
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I have a 14ft boat and wished I had a 15 footer. Tows great behind my Prius, but my vehicle is modified with bigger wheels and wider tires. Traction is excellent with ZR rated tires. I too sold my 3/4 ton Suburban, and my Nautique after breaking my leg in six places wakeboarding, but found scuba diving to be a suitable replacement.

Many dogs have enjoyed rides in my boat. My dog even managed to put a lifejacket on herself Well kinda.



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Old 25 July 2013, 17:51   #6
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My dog loves boats and I have a problem keeping her out but we do not normally take her out of the harbour!
Yes that is 3 black Labs in my sib!!!
Thats a cool pic

Yeah they are no problem .. just get them used to it .. all mine have their own life jackets ... I have a cocker ( who is a swimmer and diver) and a very long dachshund

The claws wont damage the tube material .. the modern stuff is really tough .. they might mark it but thats all
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Old 25 July 2013, 19:29   #8
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We have two Springerdors, ones loves the boat the other hates it, I think its the wobbling about she does'nt like.

I'd suggest to get them used to the boat off the water & teach them not to jump off!
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re- doggie ife vest

[QUOTE=mick;557503]My 2 showing off there new attire
fab dog vests where did you buy them plz would love to buy one for our monster doggy.
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To maintain the status of dogs being man's best friend, usually take mine to a pet shop for proper nail clipping & polishing. Long and sharp nails could end scratching tubes's fabric leaving unwanted thin lines which are very notorious on darker color fabrics...

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