Shiva cam with a GRP shower pan in the head
. On top is a removable teak
grate which serves as the sole. There is a pump which drains the pan and also has a Y valve so it doubles as a bilge pump
Our shower head is a removable hand shower which serves as the lav faucet. I added a chromed brass gate valve to shut the water. Since we have hot an cold water we mix it to the right temp and then use the little gate valve to turn the spray on and off to conserve water.
A shower is a pretty quick but effective activity. Get wet, lather / wash up and rinse. At the end we wipe down all the glass varnish teak
. A shower serves to wash the entire head including he toilet. As a result our head has no odors and is the cleanest place in the boat as it get a good wash and wipe almost every day.
Showering is perhaps a bit wasteful of water. But water in the states is free so it is only a matter of the time and effort involved in keeping the tanks
full. We use water liberally in the States as topping off is usually no problem at all. Offshore
, we had a water maker to use so we could still shower. Cruising in the Caribe was a different story. You pay for water and there are not as many accessible docks for topping off.
I live on the boat a lot, weekends, weeks and even for a few years continuously. I consider a decent shower a necessity and civilized. You don't need much, but a nice warm shower is something I have done daily my wntire life... on board or ashore. I actually prefer the showers on board to the ones ashore. So now I take shorter showers ashore. hahahha