Sailing is fun - but even more fun with a pet on board - and especially a cat!

Meet Captain Cooper, my cat who's sailed over 6,000nm with me!

To date, "Captain" Cooper has sailed over 6,000nm and he's not even 3 years old yet! He lived aboard and taught sailing with me full time since he was a kitten. Cooper is currently the only one of my three cats to have experienced sailing - and he is definitely one amazing boat cat.

Things that are helpful to having a cat on board:

  • Harness
  • Leash
  • Lifejacket - XS dog size works great for Cooper
  • Water activated strobe light (for when they accidentally fall overboard)
  • Cat carrier or soft crate they can be zipped into
  • A Collar with a bell
  • Carribeaner / D-ring Clip
  • Line (aka rope) to use as a tether

As a previous barn cat / rescue owner, Bengals are by far more intelligent and curious than an average house cat. They also have more energy and want to help with what ever you are currently trying to do. It made training him fairly easy - with the help of his favorite tuna treats, training didn't take long at all.

For the first year we lived aboard, Cooper was trained to use the head.

From an early age, Cooper has been trained to be apart of an adventurous, travel-themed life.

I hated the idea of having to leave him on the boat when I went ashore or wanted to go bike riding so decided to try to teach him to do as much as possible with me - from walking on a leash to sitting on my shoulder on bike rides.

To see what Cooper is up to, Follow him and his sisters on Instagram:


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Stephanie Mansberger


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