Please select your home edition
Edition
Helm Events 728x90

How to Shower on a Boat - it's an art form

by Nancy Knudsen on 10 Feb 2008
Nothing nicer than a LONG HOT shower .. .
There's no doubt about it. Showering on a boat is an art form. After sailing many thousands of miles while trying to placate an unreasonable Skipper who seems to want to give the water in three of our four water tanks a free trip around the world, I have now refined the art of showering with a ridiculously small amount of water, and I want to share this great achievement with you.

My life has been made much more difficult in the past by my mother, and various other loved ones, demanding that I get OUT of the shower this minute.

'You've been in there a full forty minutes!'

'It'll cost us a fortune in excess water rates'

'You'll run us out of hot water - other people want to have a shower you know'

. . . one of those small things sent to try us, just because I love long hot, scalding hot, showers. So water saving in the shower is something that I have had to talk myself into. I should explain that our shower is on an extending hose which ejects from the washbasin tap, and disappears back inside after the event. It is important to understand this to get the proper visual image in the following description.

(First, it takes a little while for water to flowing through the pipe to warm up, and so the first saving is possible. I can fill a litre bottle of water before the hot water comes through. This I put into the refrigerator, thus providing enough cold drinking water for all our needs.)

Now, here's what to do:

Lean over the wash basin and aim the shower at your head, so that most of the water wets your head and then falls past into the washbasin. Quickly turn the tap OFF. Now stand up straight, and the balance of any water from the hair drips down all over your body - So, interim result is: wet head, wet body, sink containing a little warm water.

Now shampoo your hair, making a nice lather. Once the lather is made, use the lather to wash underarms, crotch and the rest of the body. (This also saves the use of soap.)

Now turn the tap back on and quickly wash soap out of hair while leaning over the wash basin as much as possible. This can cause a little spine warping, but it's all in a good cause. Once done, stand up straight and rinse the rest of the lather off the body.

Of course, you COULD continue to bend further over the washbasin while rinsing the body, and would end up with even more soapy water in the wash basin, and an even warpier spine. Turn the tap off.

This is not the end. I have discovered the 'piece de resistance'.

Take your dirty knickers, shirt and shorts if they'll all fit, and WASH THEM IN THE SOAPY WATER LEFT OVER FROM YOUR SHOWER.

It should be noted that the process gets a little more complex in a lumpy sea, as water is then quite hard to aim in the direction of one's choosing.

More practice… more practice….
Southern Spars - 100Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Helm Events 660x82

Related Articles

Hotting up at the Star Sailors League Finals
Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Three light airs races were held for the penultimate day of the Qualifying Rounds in Montagu Bay Nassau. Getting a good start and having the boat speed to hold a lane was paramount today.
Posted on 2 Dec
America's Cup - Tech Tuesday - AC50 One Design sails by Norths + Video
North Sails are making all the soft sails for the 2017 America's Cup fleet. North Sails are making all the soft sails for the 2017 America's Cup fleet. In this Tech Tuesday feature, Oracle Team USA shows the sails being made as a batch at North Sails facility at Minden Nevada.
Posted on 1 Dec
America's Cup - Video tour of an AC45S by Artemis Racing
Crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team's first development boat, Turbo 1 Artemis Racing crew member Francesco Bruni gives an exclusive tour inside the cockpit of the team's first development boat, Turbo 1. Skipper, Nathan Outteridge, provides an update on the state of play with less than 8 months to go to the finals of AC35, and Loick Peyron provides the inspiration to a squad of young aspiring sailors in Toulon
Posted on 1 Dec
Sailing World Cup Final brings the best to St Kilda
Thirty-six nations have registered sailors across a combined 22 Olympic and Invited classes for next week’s World Cup Competitor numbers are predicted to reach 800 across the two competitions - the final stage of the international body World Sailing’s six-part Olympic class international circuit that will come to a head at St Kilda for the 11 classes, and the 11 Invited classes.
Posted on 1 Dec
Volvo Ocean Race - Future Fibres furling cables on board 8-boat fleet
Volvo Ocean Race has chosen the latest generation of Future Fibres high performance furling cables Volvo Ocean Race has chosen the latest generation of Future Fibres high performance furling cables for the fleet of eight one-design yachts in the thirteenth edition of the gruelling race around the world starting in October 2017. Each of the eight identical boats will use Future Fibres TorqueLite 2.0 furling cables in their seven-headsail inventory, ranging from a 29.7 m2 storm jib up to a 420
Posted on 30 Nov
Battle commences at Star Sailors League Finals
The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist The early exchanges confirmed the amazing quality and depth in the fleet, which contains no less than 16 Olympic medallist among the skippers alone.
Posted on 30 Nov
Volvo Ocean Race - Southern Spars export first batch of masts
Southern Spars is forging ahead on the first batch of new masts, scheduled to leave their Auckland factory in early 2017 As the fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s undergo refits in Europe, Southern Spars is forging ahead on the first batch of new masts, scheduled to leave their Auckland factory in early 2017. There are currently four more build slots available for early next year which will fill up as teams continue to commit to the race. Completing a full set of rigs will take the company's tally up to 46 masts for Volvo
Posted on 30 Nov
Volvo Ocean Race - Team AkzoNobel arrives home after 2,000km sail
Skipper Simeon Tienpont and the team AkzoNobel training crew arrived in the Netherlands earlier this evening Skipper Simeon Tienpont and the team AkzoNobel training crew arrived in the Netherlands earlier this evening following a four-day delivery from Lisbon to The Hague onboard their Volvo Ocean 65. The journey of nearly 2,000km was the first opportunity for Tienpont to put his potential crew through a series of offshore training tests ahead of the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018.
Posted on 29 Nov
A Q&A with Nick Bice about the recent changes for the 2017/2018 VOR
I caught up with Nick Bice, the VOR’s director of boats and maintenance, to learn more about the VOR’s new directions. I recently had the pleasure of hearing Nick Bice, the Volvo Ocean Race’s director of boats and maintenance, deliver a keynote speech to an audience of marine-industry professionals and official Volvo Ocean Race suppliers at the 2016 METS trade show in Amsterdam. I caught up with Bice after his presentation to learn more about the new directions that the race is taking for its thirteenth edition.
Posted on 28 Nov
Predictwind release improved racing and cruising routing function
PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach to what has been a black art of weather routing, used to chose the fastest route for racers or most comfortable route for cruisers.
Posted on 28 Nov