Date: 18 September 2014. Showers Aboard (water
many sailors and those who are interested in conserving water opt
for baby wipes, I didn't go down that path aboard Seaweed.
Yes, I do have some in the head and have used them on occasion but
mostly it's into the shower for me. I feel cleaner and because a
full shower takes less than one gallon of water, I'm comfortable
with that level of water usage.
Aboard Seaweed I buy baby wipes at Walmart. In the
baby department I look for the thickest package with the fewest
number of wipes in it. I want thickness more than quantity. Then, I
add them to my original plastic baby wipes container. The boxes are
A couple of brass utility eyes, and a piece of small
line keep my baby wipes in place even when the boat rocks.
Side Note: Always opt for the
lowest count in the thickest package. That's because you want the
wipes to be thick. Thin ones have been scratchy and unpleasant. And,
well, not to be gross, but stuff comes through too easily. You want
Next I add some bottled water to
the plastic box which makes them very
moist. As they come from the manufacturer, the wipes are a bit too
dry. They don't seem as refreshing as when quite damp. I do opt
for the ones with aloe as I think it makes my skin nicer and seems
Anyway, thick versus paper thin is for me a better
Mostly though I take a shower. On the boat I've
got a pressure water system. What I did to make it better though was
buy (thrift store, 99 cents) one of those fancy nozzles for showers
that run $30+ at the box stores.
On the mist setting I get just a bit of water
which is helpful when shampooing my hair. It's almost waist length
so washing the hair is a daily occurrence. The Thumper setting lets
out a normal shower spray -- albeit less brisk than normal. That's
because I do not turn up the dial to full pressure, thus saving
This is the face of my shower head.
For 99 cents, I did well.
I can wash hair, self and condition hair with less
than one gallon of water and the water runs the entire time. I'm
sure I could find one of those shut off valves but the trickle of
the mist setting keeps
water flowing and I prefer it, especially when shampooing my hair.
Rinsing means full Thumper setting as I want all
Pantene shampoo out. Then a
quick treatment of
Pantene conditioner and I'm
all set. The combination is refreshing and I always feel so much
more at ease with the world after a pleasant shower.
I'm not into "roughing it" much. Over fifty and
frankly what I would not mind as 20-something seems like nonsense to
me now. Out here, as I'm planning on long term life afloat I
want and expect the amenities of civilized living.
Not to say that if offered a shower some place
where I don't have to haul the water I wouldn't be tempted!
Do you have a shut-off valve for shower head?
And, are you happy with your sump pump set-up?
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