Can You Take Your Pet Aboard a Charter Yacht?

You have booked your sailing vacation but you do not know what to do with your pet, and you are probably asking "Can I take my dog aboard charter yacht?" The answer depends upon your charter agency and you have to check that in advance but in most cases, the answer is yes.

Documentation, vaccination and quarantine

When taking your pet with you aboard a yacht, consider the following tips for sailing with pets. Different countries apply different rules when it comes to sailing with pets so be sure to have proper documentation for your pet in order to enter a country. For that reason, it would be best to contact the appropriate authorities before the trip. Make sure your pet is micro-chipped because in many countries the chip is obligatory. Also make sure to have your pet vaccinated on time, and check quarantine laws since some countries require pets to be quarantined.

Practical issues

There are some practical issues you need to consider before taking your pet aboard charter yacht. If you are taking your pet sailing for the first time, it may be scared so you need to reserve a corner for it to hide in. Also be sure to remove anything that might harm your pet because it can panic. Do not forget to include all the important information on your pet's identity tag.


Now you are probably wondering what to do when your dog needs to go to the toilet? Dogs aboard charter yacht do not have many options. After all, you cannot expect a dog to hold it up until you find a suitable anchorage. A good idea would be to get a piece of Astro Turf. It will give your pet an illusion of grass and it is easy to clean. You can also get a cat litter box. However, be sure to place these below deck for stability reasons. Another option, albeit the more complicated and time consuming option, is to train your dog to do what it has to do overboard. But beware, there is a potential danger of your dog falling into the water.

Companionway stairs

Another thing to consider when having a dog aboard charter yacht is that companionway stairs need to be adapted for your dog. Companionway stairs may be to steep for the dog to climb. An easy solution is to put a plank onto the stairs.

Sunscreen and sea-sickness medication

Pets can also get sunburnt so make sure there is enough shade for them and that they have enough water. If you can, it would be smart to get a pet-friendly sunscreen. Also get sea-sickness medication for your pet - some of the same medications used for humans also work for animals but you should consult your vet.

So can you take your dog aboard charter yacht? By all means! Just make sure you have done everything to make your pet comfortable and safe aboard charter yacht.