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Old 02-28-2011, 01:13 PM   #41
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Shower water and soap

Good question.* I wanted to close one of the through hulls, and only use a single for the shower sump and the sink in the head.* Also, with my particular layout I would*have*to have used 6 or 8 feet more of hose to create a loop up high enough to be above sea level and still out of site in one of the cabinets in our head.* Best, simplest solution was to plumb from the Gulper pump up to the sink and put a tee in the sink drain but still above the water line.


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Old 02-28-2011, 01:16 PM   #42
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Saw a program on submarines the other day.* On attack submarines,*bathing is*extremely limited.* They showed one guy taking a shower.* He used about a pint of water, but all he did was wet his head.* Surely they had a watermaker on board, but water pumps are noisy, so the narrator said.* Better to be on a boomer where people aren't so tightly packed.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:35 AM   #43
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In general, bar soap will tend to have a tendency to leave deposits in a sump system sooner than liquid soap.
This is the case because bar soap resolidifies on surfaces when it dries. We (when I say "we", I mean Bess )cleaned the teak grates of Skinny Dippin' a few months after we bought her 2.5 years ago. There was caked soap scum stuck on there like glue and it took two tried to get it all off. Since then, we use liquid body wash and the grates, drain, walls, and sump are all in perfect condition. Once a month I'll grab the Shop-Vac and suck the water that the pump doesn't get out of the sump and clean it up real nice. I need to add a check valve to it and the cover has been gone since we bought it, but otherwise... no problems.
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We have a shower and hose in the aft cockpit so we take our showers there. There are two overboard drains so no worries about pumps, sumps, hair, scum, etc. Of course, this only works if nobody is within sight and it's fairly warm.

We have a shower in the head compartment also that drains into a pump. Turn the pump on, take a shower, then turn the pump off. It's supposed to be able to run dry for short periods without harm. We haven't used the inside shower yet.

As for water use, there's an on/off button on each showerhead.
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Not if the name on your transom is Skinny Dippin'!!
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