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Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

I know some boats have dedicated shower areas in the head, but those of you who have a shower that comes out of the sink I have a question for you. Is your head set up with a fiberglass or plastic wall to protect any wood in the area or do you just let it get wet, wipe it down when your all done, or do you avoid getting it wet altogether?

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Re: Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

In my case, on the Morgan 33 O.I., the walls are made of wood-grain Formica, they can get wet, no problems. Same material the counter tops are made from. I still dry them with a sponge after a shower, then turn on the fan to dry everything out. Also, I installed a 6 X 12-inch vent in the bottom of the head's door to aid in ventilation - works like a charm and because the way I have the grids set up, water from the shower doesn't go outside the head.

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Re: Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

Shouldn't matter. We have a combination of materials that all can get wet and dry naturally but we still use a squeegee and shammy to remove as much water as possible.

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Re: Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

My boat is a beneteau so its all plastic and water can splatter anywhere

BTW to save fresh water i.e. ration it effectivly... I have one of those black plastic water bags thats a shower... heats by leaving it in the sun... and I run the hose into the head via the hatch very good!


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Our head is entirely Burmese teak and PVC. Whole head has a liner. We oil the teak each season. It repels water. We wipe with a towel after a shower , but not necessary.

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Re: Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

My current boat has a separate shower, which I originally viewed as a huge waste of space. Now that I know it is one of my wife's favorite features of the boat it is no longer wasted space! It also makes a great wet/foulie locker underway.

On my previous boat I showered daily as a liveaboard but had a dual use head/shower space. I didn't want everything to be wet all the time so I made a circular shower curtain track out of copper tubing.

Basically I bent the copper tubing into a circle. I then bent the last 3" of tubing 90deg and pounded it flat with a hammer. That created 2 "L-brackets" into which holes were easily drilled to affix it to the wall.

The only problem was that since both brackets were at the opening of the circle, it would sag at the opposite end. Any perminant bracket would not allow the shower curtain rings to go all the way around the circle. The solution was a velcro strap on the ceiling. The curtain goes all the way around, and the strap goes inbetween 2 shower curtain rings.

Sorry, no pictres, but it worked great. The cat would sit on the bathroom counter and watch me shower while she stayed crispy dry.

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Re: Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

My A35 has a round curtain track and a 360 degree shower curtain which works out pretty well. The shower base is right under a hinged teak floor that is essentially the whole head floor. The surrounding area is pretty much all formica but the curtain keeps water from getting all over the head and under the doors. The curtain can just be rolled up and put over on the adjacent shelf when not in use so it does not get in the way.

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Re: Marine Showers… How is yours set up?

The current Womboat has a separate shower also. Same as MedSailor we originally thought a waste of space but oh how our tune has changed. Highly recommended in fact.

Only negative for me is that if heading out for a longish period of time we use the shower as stowage space rendering it, obviously enough, a problem to also use as a shower. Our second (aft) head has a shower pan but not shower as such. We intend fitting one in due course.

To answer OP however .... while our shower is a purpose built fixed unit we still wipe down area after use and when leaving boat for more than a day or so we wipe out shower pan as well. I've never found a pump that can pull up all the water in a shower sump. btw ... we always shower in tandem .... one after the other that is .... that way you don't waste the hot water in the pipes.

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