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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

If the hanging clothes can swing you've got chafe. I use bungi cord , one end permanent mounted and hooks inside the door to hold.
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One other tip. We have a hydronic heating system and the hot water hoses go through both our hanging lockers and shelving spaces. This keeps everything nice and dry.

I doubt you will find a 12v iron. Any type of electrical heating device eats amps.

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Maybe an antique store? Have you investigated the old-fashioned irons that you heat on the stove? No electricity at all?
Because I AM an old guy, I have actually used an iron you heat on the stove--they were terrible! Lots of scorched shirts, many of which were white and had to be thrown away. I'm going to check out some RV sites, which may be a better source of finding this sort of item. If I cannot find a 12-volt steam iron, I'll probably get a larger inverter and just plug in my regular steam iron.

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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

Not to hijack this thread, but when I was living aboard, going to work in my office, and needed to iron I would run an extension cord onto the dock and avoid all the inverter, 12v, stove top iron issues. I found I didn't really need to iron when I was anchored out and the dock had 120v power connections that I could reach with an extension cord.

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As for keeping away the boat smell (never real bad but still slightly noticeable in an office) I kept my jackets, ties, and dress shirts in my vehicle when they came back from the cleaner's and since I typically showered at the marina on my way in it wasn't inconvenient to grab them and dress off the boat in the marina facilities. It made a significant difference to quality of life when i moved from one marina with rather sparse accommodations to one with very nice restrooms and changing areas.

One thing I learned the hard way is to get the clothes out of the locker if you decide to deep clean the bilge. I cleaned the bilge and then tossed a bromine tablet into it thinking it would keep anything from growing in there. Certainly kept the bilge free from growth and odors but left a distinct "swimming pool" smell in my clothes. Live and learn.

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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

We have a set of bunks, where the upper bunk will fold down to make a couch. It's just a fancy set of pipe berths. I've often thought, if we moved aboard full time, the top bunk could be removed or kept down and a hanging rod put in. Maybe close it in with fabric.

Big problem with clothing that stays aboard full time is odor. Our boat does not smell !! However, when we bring foulies home for he winter, we can tell. It's faint enough that the odor disappears after a few days at home. Nevertheless, your office mates may notice.

I have wondered whether some Kanberra gel inside a hanging locker is a good idea. May try it this year.


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Btw, I hate putting a suit on when on the boat. Hate it. I always go home to change first.


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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

nah sorry but given the money you save by living on board, spend some of it having your clothes laundered and ironed. The very idea of daily ironing on board (unless of course we are talking over 50 odd feet) is simply ludicrous.
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Blue jeans and an old shirt, maybe a change of underwear. More than that and you need to look at lifestyle modification. In the meantime .try a cherry flavoured urinal block under sole. Kills the musty and may not be overpowering It works under a car seat pretty well.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

Thanks for all the replies. I didn't even think about the smell, that could be an issue...

What if I lined the hanging lockers with Spanish Cedar? I wonder if that would help at all...
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nah sorry but given the money you save by living on board, spend some of it having your clothes laundered and ironed. The very idea of daily ironing on board (unless of course we are talking over 50 odd feet) is simply ludicrous.
Wrong and wrong.

Many do not save a lot of money by living aboard although I do because I eliminated a car and a mortgage. Your expenses are generally the same. The issue is not who irons your clothes but where to store them. Storing a freshly ironed shirt on a boat is a bigger challenge. Taking out a clean shirt from cramped storage will require ironing whether or not someone else already did it.

Paying someone to do something I can easily do myself is what I would consider ludicrous.

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