Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Guanaja, Bay Islands, Honduras
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Re: Water Useage/conservation Cruising
Hygiene is pretty friken important. Espeacialy on a long passage. To be clean and comfortable is important for your psyche and that transponds deirectly to safety. You sleep better, and rather than sitting there on watch thinkng about the rash on your a$$ and ithcy arm pits, you should be sittng there comfy as can be, smelling like a new born baby. I use clean cotton rag soaked in hot water to give my self a complete whipe down, follwed by an alcohol whipe down, and the some baby powder fo the essentials. I go out and buy a few packages of cotton white t shirts and black cotton boxer breifs before each voyage. I change into fresh undergarments twice a day. I also bring a few packages of cotton tube socks and wear those blue west marine rubber boots religously. It leaves a funny tan line and my feet are pretty pale, but I never stub my toe, or get athleats foot and can walk around my deck with a sure footed confidence. I like to sail into my destination looking like I'm meeting friends for lunch at the country club, clean pressed shirt and shorts that I have put aside for the arrival, shaved fresh. It helps with clearing customs as well. My delivery partners usually look like they just spent a week at sea, all scrubby and grubby and salty. It doesn't take a lot of water or time time take care your self out there. I also have 2 sets of fowly's that I switch out so as not to have been sitting in the same pair for a week or more. And I carry 4 or 5 sets of clean bedding to switch out as needed, so I sleep clean an comfy. When i feel the need several times a day, I grab a bottle of water, take a sip, brush my teeth, rinse, spit and drink the rest or dump it on my head, or dump one of those Emergen-C powder pakages in the rest, shake and rehydrate with that. I sacrifice storage of non essentials to carry more of the essentials.
" Some are boat wise and some are other wise"