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Old 14-10-2014, 14:54   #1
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Do we really need an Ironing Board

I have been planning on going on an extended cruise through the northern Bahamas and up the eastern seaboard on our 34' sloop relatively soon. I'm currently prepping things like davits , windlass, food storage, charts and guidebooks etc.
I was taken by surprise when my wife told me that we will need an iron and board to press off our clothes for the nicer destinations.

Is this true or is permanent press as good as it gets?
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Old 14-10-2014, 15:17   #2
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

how many amps does an iron draw?
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Old 14-10-2014, 15:27   #3
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

An iron came with our boat when we bought it. It was one of the first things to come off. I haven't used or needed one in seven years
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Old 14-10-2014, 15:53   #4
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

We have a travel iron that works great. We also have some flame retardant foam fabric thing that acts as an ironing board cover on any hard surface. We use them all the time...just look on Amazon and you can see all kinds of options.

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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

Power concerns for the iron aside... you don't need a dedicated ironing board to do a little touch up pressing... any flat surface that won't melt covered with a towel will do.
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Ah. This must be a Sabre thing
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

I'm amazed that your wife WANTS to iron! Most people go cruising to get away from all of that....
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

Only if it's big enough to surf on.
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

If my wife felt uncomfortable without an ironing board I'd darn well come up with something she approves of. Just because I don't necessarily care if my clothes are pressed does not imply she feels the same way. It would be unfortunate to have a wife subconsciously not wanting to travel to far off destinations for fear of looking shabby for something as simple as an ironing board.
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Only if it's big enough to surf on.
I second this one! perhaps a nice wooden SUP?
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I'm amazed that your wife WANTS to iron! Most people go cruising to get away from all of that....
Yeah, I've noticed it too. Wives tend to iron. Put them in a stressful situation, and they iron all the more. Must have something to do with their genetic makeup, I don't know. But what I do know is that if you really tee them off, you'll end up with double pleats in your shirt collars and burn marks in the crotch of your pants.

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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

Think it's time for a new wife. If she can't change her wardrobe to no iron clothing you are in for serious conflict on the cruise.

On a 34' boat, how big a dink are you going to hang off the back. Would think about a 8'-9' rib and a 6hp outboard. Stow the dink on deck as inflated as it needs to be to fit. Simple to pump up the rest of the way and haul on and off the boat as needed. If you get a bigger motor, just asking for someone to steal it for their fishing boat.
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I was taken by surprise when my wife told me that we will need an iron and board to press off our clothes for the nicer destinations.
sounds to me you better find a place for it
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

If the admiral wnated an iron I would consider getting a cordless one. I think it would make sense for the occasional use and charge it when the sun us out and solar is pumping...

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...=cordless+iron

In regards a surface to iron on, I think the salon table is a good compromise.
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Re: Do we really need an ironing board

I don't use an iron on land.........much less while out cruising!!
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