[quote=John Drake]I have to admit I go back and forth on the issue. My boat does not have a separate shower
stall. I just spend about 4 weeks cruising down from Annapolis
to Stuart FL. A hot shower at the end of each [long] day was a must have. Invictus has the set up that I think Defjef described: teak
joinery and fiberglass
with a teak
grate on the deck
, separate sump to pump the graywater out. And a curtain to surround the area. I used it with and without the curtain (putting the handtowel and tp away. At first I thought the curtain a bit too confining (though worked great to keep the compartment dry) and wished for a separate shower. Lateron, I just showered without using the curtain.
I found that the space was fine not using the curtain, I did not feel at all confined. Also found that with the overhead hatch
to the compartment opened, it dried fast. So, do not really think about it much now.
I would agree with the poster who said that on a cruising boat, space is a premium. I like the size of this boat, 38 LOA
, very convenient, easy to solo, maneuver etc and not to expensive for a marina stay. At this length, not sure a separate shower would be worth the space use.
Interesting to note the post about generating smells (mold?) from a confined shower space....I thing that might be more of an issue than any.
In warm weather
....I also have plumbed a cockpit
shower in the boat. Reality is that we use that more often when it is warm enough out...which hopefully it will be now forever (as I have moved south).
I fully intend to make use of a cockpit
shower (or install one if I don't have one). I would think that the simplicity of a single
shower stall that you can wipe down with relative ease and simplicity, use as storage
and drying for wet foulies and many other uses would be an excellent use of space. And if it isn't needed, or needed more as storage
space then I can see converting it till certain stores can be used or moved.
I guess part of my question is are they easier to make use of and clean up when you are not on the hook and heeled over 15 degrees and pitching? Personal experiences (or misexperiences) would be welcome. I still intend to be able to shower as I travel from place to place and the weather
may not always cooperate with a cockpit shower. My wife has a tendancy to utter small effective curses when she comes in contact with rapid large temperature changes on here bare skin.
I think that everybody can agree that almost all boat shower layouts are functional on the level.