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06-21-2007 06:53 PM
btrayfors Marinco 110A Adapter - 110A -
06-21-2007 06:15 PM
FrankLanger Thanks, guys. After being married 33 years with four interesting and successful young adult children, I'm inclined to keep my wife, even if she is a bit "high maintenance" in some ways. And even though she's over 50, she's still a cutie with a great smile and personality to match.

I've considered a generator, but I hate noise and our 30 foot boat has little spare storage space for the added equipment.

I would be willing to consider a travel hair dryer if it would produce enough hot air to do it's job without major frustration (it helps if I can keep my wife happy and smiling ). So if anyone knows of one that will work satisfactorily, please let us all know.

Thanks again.

06-21-2007 04:57 PM
SEMIJim Frank, TB, hellosailor, y'all need one of these: Honda EU2000i Super Quiet Generator. (The reason I suggest Honda is their generators are well-known for their reliable, efficient, [relatively] quiet operation.) 2000W will power that hair dryer with watts to spare!

Either that or get yourselves lower-maintenance mates
06-21-2007 04:21 PM
TrueBlue If I'm ever anchored between a retired coastie with an incredibly noisy generator and another sailor with a Class-A power amp stereo, I'll sure be glad I keep earplugs onboard . . . < G >.
06-21-2007 04:05 PM
USCGRET1990 I strapped one of these on deck, and my wife can use a curling iron as well as the dryer....! Contractor Line 4000 W Portable Generator: Home Improvement
06-21-2007 03:32 PM
hellosailor Trueblue, I'm intimately familiar with hairdriers, even if I can't figure out whether there's two "i"s or one "y" in the word.
And I'll be the first to admit a 14A12V hairdryer, is still going to be a weak imitation of any 1600W home model. Heck, I'd like to bring my home stereo on the boat too, but's that a "ClassA" power amp and I'd have trouble running it all evening even with the big 8D batteries.
06-21-2007 03:15 PM
TrueBlue My wife also likes to be "coiffured" a certain way and our boat's shorepower system is more than sufficient for use of her 120v hair grooming stuff.

While away from shorepower for days at a time however, she's yet to be pleased by the 12v hairblower I bought her several years ago. It simply doesn't generate enough heat to dry/style her hair.

If anyone's found one, or can testify to hellosailor's link - I'll buy it to keep her happy. Tough having a high maintenance first mate.
06-21-2007 02:44 PM
hellosailor Frank-
Surprise her with a couple of expensive large silk scarves, to be used when her hair doesn't want to be seen in public.

Also try a search on "twelve volt hair dryers" the first one I found is:

RoadPro RPSC-818 12 volt DC Electric Hair Dryer-Defroster

That's right, a hair drier that plugs into a 12V battery!

A wife who'll come sailing with you, is worth a little extra work.
06-21-2007 01:29 PM
FrankLanger Thanks for the ongoing helpful replies. While I didn't intend to cause controversy with my question, the discussion is helping me to understand the issues and potential risks involved, so is very useful.

I had to chuckle about the suggestion to put my wife on the bow and motor around to dry her hair, or simply hand her a towel! She is a spunky (and very pretty) little lady who has adapted well to sailing, even in rough conditions with water over the bow and salt in her hair. But she does like to get herself looking "right" in the morning with a shower, hair blower, curling iron and bit of makeup as a pre-condition to the day's sailing. Unfortunately, some of the marinas we stay at only have one washroom/shower and she doesn't want to monopolize that and make others wait. And I like anchoring out, so am still looking for a way to provide the right conditions/equipment at anchor to allow her to make herself look "right" --to me she looks "right" all the time, but she's a bit particular about that...

Thanks again!

06-21-2007 12:50 PM
JomsViking Recently a few boats burned in a marina not far from me - BECAUSE of the use of household wire - I'd consider that hazardous Actually the Fire Department said that it was very fortunate that no one was aboard at the time of the fire or they would probably have died. Please note that the ONLY load at the time was the charger in the boat where the fire started.
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