Originally Posted by Butler
I remember hearing a buddy of mine talking about a "cowboy wash".
Deep tubb with a lid, add dirty clothes, water, detergent through it into the back of the pickup and go mend fence.
When you hit a patch of rough while sailing, strap that 5 gal lidded tub into the cockpit
as above and go!! ;~>.
There's a variation on the Cowboy Wash
. Instead of tying that sealed bucket full of clothes to something in the cockpit
. Run it up the spar on a spare halyard
, with a down haul/guy line attached. As given the amount of motion at the masthead, this should work even when anchored. Especially if you put an "agitator" in with things. And the agitator can be a smooth stone, or anything else with some mass that has smooth edges.
Just don't leave things up there too long or most likely all that'll be left is small bits of fabric
floating in the wash water.
EDIT: The above is purely hypothetical. Meaning, try it at your own risk. I've only read that such works.