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Old 09-06-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
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Seperate Shower & Head Compartments

My last post asked about the number of staterooms people prefer and the response was great, thanks.

My next question and something that should also generate some discussion is how people feel about separate versus combines shower and head rooms. This is something we are thinking about doing on the next boat and see mostly Pro's and few Con's. Any thoughts? thanks

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Old 09-06-2014, 08:39 PM   #2
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A separate shower was an "assumed" part of our trawler search after we had rented various boats with integral showers and heads. If there are two heads with integral showers, you can make one a dedicated shower...no big deal, but a separate shower is not something we want to be without. I should add....the two stateroom KK Manatee also had a sink in the master stateroom, and with a single head, this was an excellent feature where one couple could wash up, brush teeth, shave, etc. While another couple was using the head/shower.
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:39 PM   #3
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The pro is they are separate and there's not as much cleanup after a shower.

The con is, separate compartments take up room that might be put to better use on the boat. It's more of an issue with smaller boats and less with larger boats.
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The pro is they are separate and there's not as much cleanup after a shower.

The con is, separate compartments take up room that might be put to better use on the boat. It's more of an issue with smaller boats and less with larger boats.
We have separates. The pro is as you stated.

To turn your con into a pro, we put a removable closet bar in the shower compartment so we can also use it as a hanging locker.

However, this now pro turns back into a con because in order to take a shower you then have to remove all the gear from the shower cum hanging locker and dump it on the berth.

Need a bigger boat I guess.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:00 PM   #5
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The Admiral and I are in complete agreement that if we were to buy another boat one of the mandatory items would be a separate shower stall. Just too messy the way ours is laid out but space is at a premium in a 33 foot boat.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:15 PM   #6
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Shower / tub is even nicer.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:33 PM   #7
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On our Ocean Alexander we have a separate head/tub/shower..and it is a two cabin boat..the Admiral thinks it's perfect. We dropped 10' of l.o.a. and a second head and shower from the last boat but so far all are happy. Nothing worse than cleaning hair and soap scum from around the already nasty head.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:37 PM   #8
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definitely a space use item and a personal hygiene issue....seen both work...seen both be miserable in the hands of some.
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A separate shower is a must for live aboards! To take it one step further........a shower stall large enough to shave your legs...........looking at this from an Admiral's point of view.

Dotty aboard Cool Beans ( with a shower large enough to shave my legs)
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We don't like a combined or "Wet Shower" for any frequent use. May be that it's just not what we're use to but showering around a toilet and/or sink and then having everything wet just is a major annoyance to us.
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We have "bathrooms with showers in them, just like at home.

Thats a preference for us. Sometimes you want to use the head and take a shower.
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A separate shower is a must for live aboards! To take it one step further........a shower stall large enough to shave your legs...........looking at this from an Admiral's point of view.

Dotty aboard Cool Beans ( with a shower large enough to shave my legs)
I am quite sure the Admiral would require a separate shower if she had to shave my legs..

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Have them separate. It would be a pain getting the entire bathroom wet because of a shower.
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I am quite sure the Admiral would require a separate shower if she had to shave my legs..

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Or that 9 AM shadow your avatar is sporting....

Ingenuity can resolve some of those "combined" compartment issues...depending on overall size.
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Or that 9 AM shadow your avatar is sporting....

Ingenuity can resolve some of those "combined" compartment issues...depending on overall size.
Or just use the aft cockpit shower after dark....


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We have "bathrooms with showers in them, just like at home.

Thats a preference for us. Sometimes you want to use the head and take a shower.
I know it's going to be tight,but when I build my boat,I will have a shower pan with the head in the corner and a sink beside.I have a paved driveway. I have been laying out the boat floor plan in full size.Then,I walking around with 1x2 piece of wood trim the height I think I want everything.It's given me ideas on what I need to move,lower,or raise.The only thing I can't test is the over head locker and console.
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A bench in the shower is a nice touch. The OSR shower in my boat doesn't have one. The guest shower does. Go figure. We use the guest shower.
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A shower with a door that seals the steam in is very helpful in colder climates. I would never have a wet stall bathroom as primary, I had one hated it.
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Old 09-06-2014, 10:28 PM   #19
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Separate shower from head is one of the things that sold me on the Ocean Alexander 38 over a GB 36, and it's LARGE. Have been living aboard the last 4 months and couldn't be happier with the arrangement. (the shower that is, necessity to live aboard is a whole 'nother story)
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So are you guys talking about a shower that is a separate shower stall that happens to be in the same room with a door as the commode and sink, like in a house?

Or are you talking about a room with a draining floor that has a shower head, and a sink, and a commode in it?
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