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Old 08-10-2010, 07:26   #31
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Hi all: When cruising, a marina shower is a luxury I would not want to miss. A solar shower hung from a boom works ok and my wife sits on an upturned bucket to get low in the cockpit if other boats anchored nearby. We have weather cloths along cockpit lifelines that give a fair amount of privacy and weather protection and a few towels clipped to the bimmini in strategic locations allow a standup shower.

I don't do cold weather or full time cruise any more. so all the above works well for us and uses little water (2 showers per 2.5 gals. water) here in the northeast. There is an additional benefit from cockpit showers and that is salt removal from the most important living and working area of the boat; all is wiped down with a large sponge with the last remaining water.
Salt removal is very important when one is cruising for any length of time and especially if one sails in breezy conditions; without it clothes bring at below and all becomes sticky and uncomfortable. No bathing suits below or storage of equiptment used topside. Perhaps we could use a seperate thread on this forum regarding this important aspect of house(boat) keeping?
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:37   #32
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Sitting down of course, at my age it's wiser. The thing I can't get my head around is the showering thing. What's wrong with a kettle of warm water and a flannel? Refreshes all parts and defoliates as well.
If I do install a shower for the Princess Admiral it will have a recirulating system so she's limited to half a gallon for wash, and half a gallon for rinse. The collection of rainwater and such has to go in first. Fresh water (potable) is too precious (and bloody hard work to lug to the boat).
But then I'm of a generation that used to bath on Saturday night in front of the fire. Oldest child (that's me - first of four) being last in the bath (and last to bed).
I presume by then the back boiler had warmed enough fresh fresh water for the parents?
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What's wrong with a kettle of warm water and a flannel?
I have found that using the sink and a washcloth (flannel) is easier, better and uses less water.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:27   #34
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I am a total F*&%witt!

Its got me stuffed!


Ooops! Gotta go! The girl with the BIG Hooters is just having a shower in cockpit!!


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. Oldest child (that's me - first of four) being last in the bath (and last to bed).
That would have left a life-time of reprecussions. You could have robbed a bank and got off with that sort of upbringing.

I was youngest so got first bath
Only made one mistake when I wanted a Bubble Bath and thought the Bleach was detergent


On the boat I warm some fresh water and put it in 2 x 500mil (1 pint) squirt bottles and STAND UP and shower with them in the HEADS. I think I do use more fresh water to pump out the sump...

At sea the sea baths are wonderful I fill the black rubber bucket and leave in the sun for a few hours and use a coffee cup as pourer. (Nicolles cup. Wonder why she left )
She would have sea baths with cold water. (I think all women can)



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I don't know about you, but I draw the line at that! And I understand why so any MOB's are found dead with their flies open!

Personally, I find that standing is ok if you can wedge yourself up with your head against a bulkhead while you do your business. I have seen boats handed over by seasoned delivery crews with an improvised cushion duct-taped to the bulkhead above the toilet . . .
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Looks like I gotta take a good look a the marina showers before I sign the lease.
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I am the only person on the forum who uses a chartplotter
the only one suicidal to go offshore in a Production boat
The only one with a budget of more than $500 - and should be ashamed of it.
I am the only person with a delta anchor and chain rode
I use garden solar lights as anchor lights
I use LED nav lights on my own....

No wonder people think I am a total F*&%witt!

Its got me stuffed!
For the record, dear F*&%witt,
While I use a chartplotter, I never shower with it,
and I use garden solar tiki torches as my anchor lights,
and I regularly go offshore in a production boat,
and I pay far more than $500 per month just in marina fees,
and I always shower aboard rather than use the marina shower,
BUT, I traded my Delta anchor for a good bottle of wine.
After all, there are limits.
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MarkJ - You and I sound like twins. Except for your ludicrous use of garden lights for anchor lights, I'm as screwed up and on the same Highway to Hell as you. Good thing I'm having fun.

I did pop out of the cabin one day, naked and ready for my shower, in a remote anchorage only to immediately recall I'd moved the day before to a spot near the tourist pier. Cruiseheimers. Put my baggies on and resumed my task.
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Ooops! Gotta go! The girl with the BIG Hooters is just having a shower in cockpit!!

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OK, best shower in the boating world:
OK - I stand corrected...
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Out at sea my boat moves so violently the only way to have a shower is while sitting.

In a marina I would not even consider using my own shower (yes I know most cruisers do) - this is what marina showers are for.

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I was remembering a guy drifting into an anchorage with garden solar lights looking at his chartplotter, stands up and takes a shower almost ruined boating for me. then he drops this nice delta anchor with all chain and i gave it all second chance.
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On board we use the shower daily. Obviously we don't luxuriate in one as we would do on land as water is in short supply. Our shower head is a hand shower. Our shower is the entire head which is compact enough to brace oneself if the boat is heeled and there is a hand hold in the middle which you can use standing or sitting on the head. Heeled over means the sump doesn't drain as it's on the CL so we have to stand the boat up for a few seconds to drain the shower. When not underway there is no balance or drainage issues.

We do shower the head and well as ourselves and this provides a daily opportunity to give the head a good cleaning and a wipe down. The large hatch above ventilates and dries it out quite well. So accordingly we have a clean and sweet smelling head. And thank god because it's forward and the aroma would come wafting through the boat.

We don't stay at docks and wouldn't use shore side facilities since there's water a plenty on a dock. We love our boat's shower and it's as good or better than at home.
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