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

If you look at my Avatar, that's the outfit I wear to work, or something similar. Tonight I'll be entertaining about 125 people, mostly seniors who love to dance, they'll be decked out in their finest clothes. For some of these events I have to wear a tuxedo, but for most I do not.

Now, when I sail south this winter (health permitting) to the Florida Keys, my performance attire will change a bit. Hopefully, a short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt, dress slacks and boat shoes will work out in the Tiki Bars at the marinas. For the private parties, though, it's the same outfits I wear up north.



Still trying to find a 12-volt steam iron, but so far, Google hasn't turned up anything other than high-wattage and high-voltage irons. I have one of them at home. Shore power may be the only viable solution for ironing the duds.

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

Dumb question, but have you considered doing it the old-fashioned way and just heating the iron on your stove?
Think back to the 30's, when an "iron" was simply that- a flat, cast-iron with a handle on it.

Edit- Sorry Gary, I see where this has already been addressed.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

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If you look at my Avatar, that's the outfit I wear to work, or something similar. Tonight I'll be entertaining about 125 people, mostly seniors who love to dance, they'll be decked out in their finest clothes. For some of these events I have to wear a tuxedo, but for most I do not.

Now, when I sail south this winter (health permitting) to the Florida Keys, my performance attire will change a bit. Hopefully, a short-sleeved Hawaiian shirt, dress slacks and boat shoes will work out in the Tiki Bars at the marinas. For the private parties, though, it's the same outfits I wear up north.




Still trying to find a 12-volt steam iron, but so far, Google hasn't turned up anything other than high-wattage and high-voltage irons. I have one of them at home. Shore power may be the only viable solution for ironing the duds.

Cheers,

Gary
Gary, try some Downey Wrinkle Release or similar. It does work.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

Thanks, I'll give it a try. My wife has some stashed in the laundry room. All I have to do is find it.

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

Maybe a golf shirt with a clip on bow tie would give you an office image that sez to all,'I am what I am' At least it solves the ironing issue Really hard to control iron temp with a propane burner, Needs a good woman's touch and a wood stove. Lots of water sprinkled on shirt and iron to dry will help prevent those unsightly scorch marks.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

How about a Butane powered iron:

USA Made*|*Home*|*Butane Clothes Iron - Lehmans.com

Or an antique Coleman gasoline powered iron. Not seriously. There must be a good reason no one makes these any more.

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

Its a bit of a nightmare, I agree, but I use an electric iron, and it works, but had a female friend, who went with us sailing for 5 weeks last year, all in the Med, and told her it was going to be hot, not too many clothes, not too many bags etc! The boat was like a sailing clothes store, needles to say, I never asked her to come onboard again.
I keep 3 suits with me now, and 6 shirts, and when I can they dont ever get worn, but hanging space no matter how big or small the craft is, is always going to be a problem.
My daughter is now just turned 15 and I noticed that some or her things are now in my locker, because in her cabin she's run out of room, I miss the days when she was happy to be in a T shirt and pair of shorts lol.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

Not on board, but I think I once used a pot of boiling water to iron a shirt. The pot won't be over 212. It wasn't easy, maybe with practice. Or try steaming it, maybe with a teapot and a hose. Or it's too late and I've been drinking.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

I lived aboard with a suit and tie job for about three years. I rotated through about 12 suits. Each hung individually in a suit bag I got in (I think) 3-packs from WalMart that were quite inexpensive. The bags protected the suits from dust and chafe.

Shirts I had laundered and folded. That worked great.

Ties took some work. Ultimately I folded them in half and then in half again before rolling them up. They went in one of two "tie drawers." When I moved aboard I downsized from 400 ties to about 80. *grin*

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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...
Tackle smells at the source. Scrub the bilge. Make sure you don't have any fuel leaks. Follow Peggie Hall's guidance on checking sanitary hoses for saturation and replace them early. There isn't anything wrong with cedar, but masking or otherwise covering up smells is not nearly as good as avoiding them in the first place.
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Re: Hanging "dress clothes", suits and such, in the boat

I would fold most of the shirts and use a shark steamer to take out the wrinkles. Perfect.

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