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Old 04-23-2007
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Shower Install on Sabre 28

Has anyone installed a shower on a Sabre? Any ideas and advice?

We will be sailing to the Keys for a week and will be mostly anchoring. A shower would be a nice addition for creature comfort.

I am considering installing a Jabsco freshwater pump that provides 1.1 gals/min and draws 1.9amps, attatching the output to a T-switch to switch the water betwen the sink and shower. I plan to install this in the bathroom sink area just aft of the v-berth. There are two of us and I will limit use to two minutes (2.2 gals) per day.

Appreciate your comments.

Miami Beach
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Walt, for a fast solution that is "good enough" for the keys in this weather?

Any camping supply store (try or if there's none local) can sell you a portable shower rig. A loop or square or tubing that a shower curtain hangs down from, and you can tie the frame up to the boom or backstay over the cockpit, so you've got a complete privacy curtain around you. Add the showerhead of your choice (gravity feed from a solar shower bag will give you hot water "free") and you are in business, and you can skip the carpentry and plumbing work below. A fast rinse of the cockpit floor after the gray water drains out, and you're done.

Rigging a shower below, you're going to need a shower pan under it, because gray water in the bilge is going to stink fast. Then you need to build the surround over it...and rinse it down and squeegee or vent to prevent mildew and mold...gonna be a much bigger project.
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Thanks for the info. I didn't think of the gray water in the bilge being a problem. Will check out those websites.

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