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Cruising Kitties

"I really want a cat," writes San Jose’sTerry Lampthan. "Not a catamaran, because I’m a monohull person. I mean a feline. I want to know if it’s feasible to take a cat cruising with my partner and me.

"I’ve given up most of the trappings of the the high life for a basic monohull outfitted with basic cruising gear. I’m not going to lie and tell you that it’s always been an easy transition, but the positives have outweighed the negatives, and it’s becoming more that way all the time.

They may not be worth a lot of money, but ‘cruising kitties’ hold their value in the hearts of many sailors.

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"The one thing that’s been missing in my life is the aforementioned cat. My partner says it would be cool to have a cat — assuming that other cruisers say it’s not a big problem on their boats. I’ve read about all kinds of cruisers who have cruised with all kinds of dogs — even huge ones. But I haven’t read about anybody cruising with a cat. I would think that cats are more adapatable to boats than dogs, but I don’t know. Can I get some feedback?"

We’ll leave it to our readers: Have you cruised with a cat? Email your thoughts and suggestions to Richard, along with a photo of your feline crew.

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