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Old 31-08-2013, 17:24   #16
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What's best if doing laundry by hand? Any polys that feel ok?
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Re: Best bedding for liveaboards

Fleece, is great, drys fast.
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Re: Best bedding for liveaboards

crabby i use cotton jersey sheets--they feel good and dry fairly quickly here
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Re: Best bedding for liveaboards

I have percale and cotton jersey sheets. No way I thought I would ever ever sleep on synthetics until my GF picked up some microfiber sheets that are shockingly comfortable and not clammy like I expected. From Target I believe. I may have to try them on the boat. I'm sure they are super easy to wash and dry.

I swear by fleece blankets. They are cheap, easy to clean, dry super fast, and are warm. They also pack away very compactly. That said, I love wool blankets and may give one a try, but the fleece really performs well. Also have a couple of three-season sleeping bags on board (LL Bean) that unzip into double size for an extra layer when needed.
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The microfiber sheet is what I wondered about. And I'm with everyone on the fleece blanket idea. I didn't even put my high dollar NF goose down sleeping bag on the boat. I'll give it to the kids, in favor of a poly something one.

I don't want to hump laundry, or worry about where to find a laundromat. And a big ol' wet cotton towel has no place on a cruising boat IMO. My "wardrobe" is well on the way to becoming all synthetic as well. Levis have no place in my future. I'm about to get drastic with the T shirt collection. White long sleeved nylon shirts make sense to me. I have six. Ditto shorts. Socks? Who needs 'em?

I was whining about this at the local cantina, and a buddy mentioned that my new boat has enough power available to support a washer/dryer. What a decadent thought! But no.
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Re: Best bedding for liveaboards

crabby, sugaah---i think you will find that cotton was the only good towel fro actually drying of before dressing down here in tropics--i had to make all my mixed fabric towels turn into boat towels and now i need to find more cotton ones..

but i think also you need to see what does actually work for you in your chosen environment----
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I'm still chuckling about the use of the plural in the term "towels." One seems plenty. Sheets you need two of. Lotsa times just one.

Sun's out. Gotta go.
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Regarding towels, the backpacker style ones are awesome. They dry quick and once you get used to them they're not bad at all. They hold up for years as well.

I would take objection to socks though. For a lot of long walks you really need sneakers and in the tropics socks make the difference. I'd rather wear my flipflops but a developing nation's sidewalks and flip flops for miles leave a lot to be desired.
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If you're living aboard full time then don't skimp - this isn't a camping holiday!

We have two weights of goose down duvet that can be clipped together if necessary in the winter. In the summer we use a sheet and that is enough. Spending money on bedding isn't a waste, it's a luxury!

I'm just waiting for a PPI pay out and I'll be ordering my sprung matress!
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Just on the nomenclature , I use duvets with fitted covers. On cold nights we use a comforter or " throw" over that. Could bear using sleeping bags on a continuous basis.

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Dave, I'm guessing you meant you couldn't do sleeping bags all the time. I hear you but you can't guess how easy it is to fall into a slovenly way of living when yer single. Plus from here on I'll be much further south than my current 35N.


Norna: What does this mean? "I'm just waiting for a PPI pay out and I'll be ordering my sprung matress!"
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Great thread
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Old 02-09-2013, 00:25   #28
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My 4cents.. Reference point I'm in the PNW

Whatever you do with your bedding your mattress needs to be dry. That means we'll ventilated top and bottom. Covers drying too in the day time.

In the day I will often run the heating fan just to move air around.

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Washer dryer .. Is just a thing of beauty. I still like to work and a level of dress is needed. I can see a time when that will be less important in my life but..

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Vertical and horizontal washing lines are not allowed at my marina .. But sheets can often be mistaken by boat owners for large signal flags.
And underwear has a passing resemblance to Buddhist prayer flags.
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Silk sheets on a latex mattress (IKEA) with hollow fiber comforter is what the mistress likes ... And when she is happy .. The mast likes to rock.
We sleep in the mid queen in the summer and will sleep in stern cabin in the cooler weather.
The hot water tank is under the stern bunk so it is always a little warmer.

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Norna: What does this mean? "I'm just waiting for a PPI pay out and I'll be ordering my sprung matress!"[/QUOTE]

There's a big push in the UK to repay mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance by the banks. I have a couple of claims in and if they pay out enough I'll be looking into a decent mattress!
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I've used down comforter for years and then someone convinced me memory foam was much better. I'm back to the down. Memory foam is just to warm...
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