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We have been looking at boats, and even though we looked at boats up to 34 feet (because the smaller ones ended up being way too tight for my 6ft7in husband) there are no showers!! So if you are onboard for more than a day or two, whether at mooring or traveling, where are some places you can shower??

I know in fresh water you can take a dip, but you can't shampoo, right?? But what about salt? Do marinas you can moor at have showers you can use?? Looking for ideas. We love everything about sailing so far, but the thought of no shower for a week - ugh. Not my cup of tea.

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Shower? Didn't someone explain to you that showering is for wimps (or power boaters, but that is sort redundant)? Do you really think Admiral Nelson ever took a shower?
 

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Even though there isn't likely (on that size boat) a separate "shower", most have a shower sprayer used inside the head. Makes it wet in there, but helps keeps it clean.
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I've got pretty much zero experience, but here's what little I know...

1. The yacht club based at our marina has showers. Membership in the club is reciprocal w/ almost all of the marinas and clubs around Lake Ontario, meaning you can use the facilities at the other yacht clubs, too.

2. When tent-camping at out-of-the-way, no-facilities areas, we take along a solar shower. Basically, it's a strong plastic bag that's clear on one side and black on the other, holds a couple gallons, and has a short hose with a primitive valve and shower nozzle attachment. Fill it with water, place it in the sun for a few hours, and the water gets more than hot enough for at least two folks to each enjoy a nice warm shower.. on a real sunny day it gets hotter than our hot water at home! We're going to take it with us on the boat, hoist it off the deck on a halyard, and enjoy a nice hot shower on deck when anchored. Bathing suits will be required, I guess, if we have neighbors... but it's still a hot shower!

Just some ideas..

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At 6'7" his head is already in the clouds. I suggest sailing with rain in the forecast and send him outside!

My previous boat was 31' and we showered in the cockpit. I had a Solar Shower for hot water and a pressurized sprayer to get the soap out. If you find yourself too uncomfortable with showering in public then wear a swimsuit.

Most marinas do have bathrooms with showers for use.

Salt water is fine for washing in. Joy makes great suds. Jump in get out, lather up, jump in to rinse off soap, get back on the boat and a fresh water rinse is all you need.
 

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I saw a couple that used a couple large solar shower setups for their hot water use. In my boat, there's a built in pan w/drain in the head, but no shower compartment. If needed, I could just use a 5gal bucket for water. If a boat you find have an enclosure or some way for privacy in the cockpit, or you're in a remote place, just shower in the cockpit. I'm 6'5" so I could either use the cockpit for head space or in the head down below and just sit w/sponge bath. This might be an area in boating you have to get creative.
 

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OK... thread hijack alert...

I gotta confess, I'm getting a little intimidated with all the heights being bandied about here... 6' 7".... 6' 5"... 6' 1"... I'm 5' 8" if I stand real, REAL tall with perfect posture. Am I too small to sail?!?? :eek:

Best to all from way down here,

Barry
 

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I have 2 showers on my boat. Don't think a 6'7" person would fit standing up, but the aft shower has a seat.

The one thing my wife said when we went to get our first boat was that it had to have a good shower (so add this to that women's wants thread, but I fully agreed). Of course that resulted in a 39' boat.
 

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OK... thread hijack alert...

I gotta confess, I'm getting a little intimidated with all the heights being bandied about here... 6' 7".... 6' 5"... 6' 1"... I'm 5' 8" if I stand real, REAL tall with perfect posture. Am I too small to sail?!?? :eek:

Well....................................yes! Sailing is for grownups! ;)
 

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OK... thread hijack alert...

I gotta confess, I'm getting a little intimidated with all the heights being bandied about here... 6' 7".... 6' 5"... 6' 1"... I'm 5' 8" if I stand real, REAL tall with perfect posture. Am I too small to sail?!?? :eek:

Best to all from way down here,

Barry
NO!!! You and I would see eye to eye on things if you know what I mean. We won't be getting hit in the head (or the ribs like these giants) if there's an accidental gibe. Our feet fit on the bed. Boats are made for us. The rest just have to adapt. :laugher
 

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Your husband has to sit in the head(bathroom). What does his head hit? While sitting see if there is enough room for a bucket filled with water - For the sponge bath. Real men sit when they go to the potty. Otherwise it is a mess to clean up when the boat hits a wake. You have already read about showering in the cockpit. You can also jump over the side for a saltwater bath. Rinse with a sprayer of fresh water.
 

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Well, at 6'7" he is going to find any head tight. Some boats over 35 have a shower stall, though they are so small that people often use them for storage rather than showering. Normally there is a shower head that pulls out of the the sink faucet, or a separate telephone style shower. Look for boats with a head in the rear of the boat, like the Catalina 34. It is not a huge head, but has room to move around, and there is a separate seat so you can sit while you lather up and rinse. The only way your husband is going to be comfortable in most any boat is to be seated a lot, including when using the head and showering. But real sailors sit to pee anyway!

Finding a boat with a big enough birth is going to be hard, really regardless of the length of the boat as they normally use the length to add bunks, not make them bigger. I think you may be looking at some customizations. Some boats have a chest of drawers at the end of a V-birth that you may be able to remove an extend the birth back o that side to give him some extra room while laying down.
 

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Don't know where your sailing grounds will be.. But, as has been mentioned if you're in a marina they'll likely have showers..etc. Some are like resorts, with pools and laundry facilities) others are a little more basic.
( most expensive option)

Port towns or clubs that rent mooring balls often have showers available. (around here about 1/3 to a 1/4 of the cost of a slip) Or join a club and get reciprocal privileges

Spray shower on boat, Sun shower ( bag), Jump in wash up and rinse. IT sounds like these last 3 options wouldn't appeal to you so 1 and 2 are your best bets.. other than spending more $ for a larger boat with a full shower. I think you'll find them on many 36 ft' boats. I'm just guessing here..but The 6' 7" height of your husband is a going to a challenge both showering and sleeping on a 34' Others that have faced this challenge may weigh in with specific models to look for.

Good Luck!
 

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my boat has bi-fold doors on the head to create privacy from the vee berth and the main saloon area, vision.. not sound LOL There's a a hand held shower connected to the sink faucet. the hand held is up behind the door. works well.. room enough to shower.. even the 6 gal water heater is enough for 2 conservative showers.
 

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We have been looking at boats, and even though we looked at boats up to 34 feet (because the smaller ones ended up being way too tight for my 6ft7in husband) there are no showers!! So if you are onboard for more than a day or two, whether at mooring or traveling, where are some places you can shower??

I know in fresh water you can take a dip, but you can't shampoo, right?? But what about salt? Do marinas you can moor at have showers you can use?? Looking for ideas. We love everything about sailing so far, but the thought of no shower for a week - ugh. Not my cup of tea.
Hi Nancy,

Like much of sailing the answer usually comes down to your choice of some combination of things.

Most boats in the size range you are looking at have a shower in the bathroom ("head"). Often it is a sprayer that pulls out from the faucet on the sink. Sometimes it is a separate spray head. Regardless, even with a shower curtain most of the head gets wet in the course of showering. You need to mop that up to avoid mildew problems. That is the job of the last person to shower. *grin* Bear that in mind.

Water storage on boats in the size range you are looking at is likely to be limited. As a minimum that means something called a Navy shower. You turn on the water to get wet, turn the water off, use soap and shampoo, and turn the water on to rinse. Go easy on the soap and shampoo to minimize water use.

Some people use garden style sprayers to reduce water usage.

Some people use black plastic bags called solar showers to heat a couple of gallons of water and shower in the cockpit or run the hose from the solar shower into the head through a port.

Some context might help. A typical 10 minute shower in your home is likely to consume 25 to 50 gallons of water. Boats in the size range you are looking at may have water tanks with 35 or 40 gallons of water. With a little practice you can get a Navy shower down to 5 or 6 gallons. With a lot of practice and not a lot of hair you might achieve 2 gallon showers. Maybe.

So what is one to do?

Well for starters you really don't need to wash your hair every day. That helps a lot. There are also waterless shampoos available.

Baby wipes are a wonderful way to stretch things out without feeling too primitive.

With respect to swimming, salt water is in many ways better for cleaning than fresh. Detergents like those found in Joy or Dawn dish soap do a wonderful job of cleaning skin and hair. Hair conditioner can be combed in and left, in fact reducing damage from ultraviolet rays. Many boats have a fresh water shower on the transom to wash residual salt off your body after you are clean.

Most marinas do have showers for people that take slips and in some cases those who anchor out or moor and pay for dinghy privileges.

Auspicious is a 40' boat with 120 gallons of fresh water and a 6 gallon water heater (the management of boat water heaters is a subject in itself that I will set aside for the moment). We have a shower stall separate from the rest of the head. Janet and I generally shower every other day and use baby wipes liberally to feel clean. We usually shower in the evening to stretch the cleanliness of bed linens as much as possible. When we are cruising we take advantage of showers off the boat whenever available. If we do take a slip we definitely take showers, fill our water tanks, get ice, charge batteries, possibly do laundry, and take every other advantage we can of services and utilities that are included with the slip.

While sailing does NOT have to be camping there are generally some accommodations to be made relative to conventional American expectations.

Did I mention how great baby wipes are? *grin*
 

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I use a solar shower, which I keep on top of my dodger (the top is hard, not canvas), and shower in the cockpit, sitting down. If there are people around, I wear swim trunks until I get to that area, then, if necessary kneel on the cockpit floor. (I also have a spray nozzle in the cockpit to rinse with). I often shower while under weigh if I can run on autopilot and there is no traffic nearby.
 

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On Thane part of the head sole flipped up and allowed access to a step down 2 ft X 3 ft RV type shower stall. The curtain ran on a fancy SS rod folding out from the bulkhead .That covered 3 of the 4 sides. I'm over 202 cm so I'm ok with your intimidation .but the exta headroom made it comfortable and I probably washed more often than I needed to. If you have pressure water, easy to incorporate a solar tank on deck .More info on other thread .I packed 300 gallons of water so you have to address that carefully. Can't go under the sole?? Just needs a folding seat and appropriate curtaining and drainage. Or let it all hang out in the cockpit. If ya gotit ,flaunt it.
 
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