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Nordhavn Pet Adventure

There’s no denying the love people have for their pets. You don’t have to dig deep online to discover the crazy (sometimes disturbing!) lengths people will go to keeping their pets happy. And in all our years of building boats, we have discovered something when it comes to the animal-centric: Nordhavn owners aren’t any different from the rest of the world. There are well documented examples of “pet-specific” modifications made to Nordhavns, cruising itineraries tailor suited to pets’ needs, boats named in pets’ honors. We at Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) are the last ones to judge a person’s unqualified loyalty to their pet. In fact, last year we posted an 800-word tribute to a famous Nordhavn cruising dog on nordhavn.com. Then there was the time a certain PAE President’s dog modeled a Nordhavn dog tee available for a limited time on our Ship’s store. (We sold out of them.)

With so many of our owners opting to take on fur-covered creatures as crew members, we decided to poll them to find out what the best, worst, strangest, most frustrating and most humorous things about keeping a pet on board is. They certainly didn’t disappoint – or hold back - with their responses. Yes, it seems four-legged crew aren’t exactly the greatest deck hands, but in terms of keeping positive morale on the ship, you’ll find no better mate!

Mitchell & Tori – All-American mix (dogs)
Name: Jennifer and Mark Ullmann
Boat name: Starlet
Boat model: Nordhavn 46
Years cruising with pet: Five years or 30,000 nautical miles

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Morgan – Schipperke (dog)
Name:  Francie and Mike Bennett
Boat name: Wolfie (named after our first Schipperke, Wolfie)
Boat model: Nordhavn 40
Years cruising with pet: one with Morgan (he is one this month) and we lived aboard three years with Wolfie

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Bisquet – Mixed Breed (dog)
Name: Brian Hull
Boat name: Katie Jane
Boat model: Nordhavn 57
Years cruising with pet: Eight

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Quincy (cat)
Name: Larry and Debbie Gaddy
Boat name: Tropical Blend
Boat model: Nordhavn 43
Years cruising with pet: Two and a half years

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Zoey – Yellow Labrador (dog)
Name: Jeff and Sandy Raine
Boat name: Andiamo
Boat model: Nordhavn 60
Years cruising with pet: Five

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Dexter Doodle – Mini Labradoodle (dog)
Name: Nicole & Mike Potter
Boat name: Sloboda
Boat model: Nordhavn 47
Years cruising with pet: Five years (his whole life)

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MoMo (cat)
Name: Atle Moe & Kristina Thyrre
Boat name: Summer Star
Boat model: Nordhavn 57
Years cruising with pet: Four

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Jarvis (dog)
Name: Norman and Clarice Gregory
Boat name: Salish Aire
Boat model: Nordhavn 46
Years cruising with pet: 1.75

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Flynn - Standard Schnauzer (dog)
Name: Scott O'Connor
Boat name: Cocamo
Boat model: Nordhavn 40
Years cruising with pet: Two

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Chewy - Schitzu/Poodle (dog)
Name: Neil and Dianna Simpson
Boat name: Salacia
Boat model: Nordhavn 40
Years cruising with pet: Seven years

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Belle - Dogo Argentino (dog)
Name: Ann and Andy Evans
Boat name: Ithaka
Boat model: Nordhavn 63
Years cruising with pet: Three years (since delivery of the boat)

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Oscar the Brave and Fifi the Shy (cats)
Name: James, Claire, Abi and Bianca Ellingford
Boat name: Pendana
Boat model: Nordhavn 62
Years cruising with pet: One year

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Gremlin and Spitfire (cats)
Name: James & Jennifer Hamilton
Boat name: Dirona
Boat model: Nordhavn 52

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Juneau – American Eskimo (dog)
Names: Rick and Dorie Green
Boat name: Driftwood
Boat model: Nordhavn 46
Years cruising: 14

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Sandy – Yellow Labrador (dog)
Name: Larry and Marcia Crass
Boat name: Hale Kai
Boat model:  Nordhavn 43
Years cruising with pet: 4 Years

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Izzy – Toy Poodle (dog)
Name: Lynda and Jim Frantz
Boat name: Albedos
Boat model: Nordhavn 52
Years cruising with pet: Three

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Tootsie Roll and Peanut - Boykin Spaniels (dogs)
Name: Nial Quinlan and Jim Vogeley
Boat name: Grande
Boat model: Nordhavn 57
Years cruising with pet: Six years

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Bibi (Habibi) and Sabi (Wabi Sabi) – Ocicats (cats)
Name: Douglas Klassen and Linda Bialecki (Capt.)
Boat name: Aries Too
Boat model: Nordhavn 55
Years cruising with pet: Four

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Turbo - Giant Schnauzer (dog)
Name: Pat Thompson
Boat name: Maratime II 
Boat model: Nordhavn 46
Years cruising with pet:  Two years part time

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Happy (14 yrs. old), Sam (7), and Mandy (7) – Border Collie, Boxer, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel (dogs)
Name: Russell and Tammy Massey
Boat name: Sweet T 
Boat model: Nordhavn 40
Years cruising with pet: One & a half years

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