Other boats have dogs, cats, parrots. We have a lizard (and also my daughter’s two hermit crabs, but that’s a whole other story). Granted, she’s a very pretty, domestically bred leopard gecko, but she’s still a reptile, an animal only a boy could find cuddly. Bandy the gecko has sailed with us since the beginning, living in a palatial habitat. For cool weather, she has a heat pad and lamp, both of which drive my husband to distraction because of the sheer amp suck. In warm weather, she gets spritz-bottle rain showers. She spends her days doing that lizard thing, hanging out with her eyes half shut like a Holiday Inn lounge singer.