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Old 24-11-2011, 15:34   #1
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For Those Who Live Aboard

Two questions. Those who shower aboard, the standard hot water heater seems to be six gallons, how long can you shower? I have an iMac 27inch and it is very simple and doesn't take a lot of space, but looking at the various nav stations which is probably where I would like it to sit, where on earth do you put your printer? As much as I read this forum those are two things I just couldn't figure out :P

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Old 24-11-2011, 15:58   #2
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Long showers are not the norm on boats, least wise on the ones I've been on. Really you'll use maybe a gallon or so, with a sailors shower. Thats wet, water off, wash from the top down and rinse. With an added hair conditioner and rinse maybe. 6 gallons would last enough for two showers and the dishes. That's for coastal cruising.

Or about 7 minutes total shower time maybe if you used it all in one go.

I don't have a printer yet but if I get one it will be a wireless type. Then I could mount it out of the way. If I need a copy of something I print it to a PDF and send it to a friends printer via google chrome cloud print, which works even in the middle of nowhere as long as you have wifi or cell connection
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Old 24-11-2011, 16:05   #3
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I use a very small (1x2x8.5 inch) portable printer that I keep in the laptop bag with a Neat scaner (about the same size). Both would fit in the Nav table. I did use them to print out airline tickects or scan my time card but not flying much now that I'm living onboard and I do the timecard on line now.

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Old 24-11-2011, 16:06   #4
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Thank you for the quick response. I can live with 7 minutes. Every hot shower I've had for the past year stepping into it I have wondered that! I will probably insert a valve for a quick on off without having to re set the temperature of the water. As far as the printer I was thinking the same thing, a compact wireless printer out of the way. Funny enough my wife is the one who takes the 3 minute showers here in the apartment.
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Old 24-11-2011, 16:41   #5
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More to the point of your question, 6 gallons is small enough that you're going to run out of hot from time to time. Think late evening, do the dishes and then try to shower before bed. Not gonna work well - you don't actually have 6 gallons of hot to work with because it gets diluted with cold before it can recover. 6 gallons is what our last RV had and we made it work but with 2 people it was often a challenge. 1 person would probably work OK most of the time.
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Re: For those who live aboard

Printer was in the Vee Berth..... and my water heater was only 2 gallons!
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We shower at the Rec Center on the way home from work... $60 pays for two people unlimited showers for an entire year...It keeps the humidity down on our boat too...
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I use a demand hot water heater (propane) and have a 120 gals of water on board, I take 5-7 minute showers, 5-7 gals or so my shower head is close to 1 gal a minute. I use a portable printer I haul out and setup when I need to print.
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Shower together...........saves water and lends spice to life!!!!!!!!
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Shower together...........saves water and lends spice to life!!!!!!!!

Won't necessarily save water.
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We have alternate schedules I work nine to five and she 6 to 3 so it should be good for each of us to shower in the morning. A shower big enough for 2 is going to have to be a priority in the boat selection... That could be a great thread! Looking for liveaboard boat with shower for two! I don't print to often but it kinda dawned on me today. Of those who work from the boat what kind of office setup do you have? I do bookkeeping and my wife will be taking a university course online to get her bachelors. I've seen an aft cabin completely converted to an office, what else have people come up with?
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Re: For those who live aboard

I presume you'll be on shore power? If not, your showers will be limited by your tankage. If so, look at installing an electric "on demand" type water heater. Link for one type below:
Electric Tankless Water Heaters - Stiebel Eltron
We have a 10 gallon electric, but then we're in a tropical climate so it doesn't have to add much heat to the ambient temperature (and we only have hot showers in winter).

I have an A3 printer which I've positioned remotely with an Airport wireless network. The whole setup runs easily off a 500W inverter. I just work at the dining table and have created storage for my work tools adjacent. I'm doing architecture on a 17" MacBook Pro, and it's as convenient to work on our sailboat as on our motor boat. When the weathers good I move outside.

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This tankless water heater is something I've never heard of it before I'm going to really look into it thank you. We are going to be in marina the first two years then cruise for three, then asses. While cruising sponge baths and public showers will be part of the experience but while working full time showers at home are a priority. We will be in a marina so it shouldn't be a problem. Now one thing I haven't pictured is extending the office to the cockpit, that sounds very very nice.
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We shower at the Rec Center on the way home from work... $60 pays for two people unlimited showers for an entire year...It keeps the humidity down on our boat too...
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It's actually a sound idea. I usually get my showers in at the gym here in San Diego.
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Two questions. Those who shower aboard, the standard hot water heater seems to be six gallons, how long can you shower? I have an iMac 27inch and it is very simple and doesn't take a lot of space, but looking at the various nav stations which is probably where I would like it to sit, where on earth do you put your printer? As much as I read this forum those are two things I just couldn't figure out :P

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You can extend your showering capabilities by getting a camper's solar shower. You can easily rig a curtain around it for privacy, and you'll have a far more comfortable shower. You can even get two -- wash with salt water and Joy, rinse with fresh water.

Wireless IS the way to go with a printer. Put down some pad eyes so you can easily strap it down when sailing.
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