View Poll Results: What type of shower head does your boat have?
Hand held shower head 16 43.24%
Wall or ceiling mounted shower head 5 13.51%
Both hand held and wall / ceiling mounted 15 40.54%
We shower in the cockpit aspiring to be sailors 1 2.70%
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Old 05-25-2020, 02:55 PM   #1
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Shower head on wall or hand held

Looking to do a makeover of the shower controls and hand held head. Curious what people with cruising boats have as far as hand held, mounted or both.

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Our shower head can be hand held or attaches to the wall plus it has a shut valve at the head. In the mornings with out running the generator, we have enough hot water for two showers if we each do a generous GI shower. The shut of valve is nice once you get the water temperature adjusted and water up.
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:51 PM   #3
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Our shower head can be hand held or attaches to the wall plus it has a shut valve at the head. In the mornings with out running the generator, we have enough hot water for two showers if we each do a generous GI shower. The shut of valve is nice once you get the water temperature adjusted and water up.
I have the same setup. The shower head is seriously lacking. The components have non standard threads which made replacing the hose challenging. Shower controls need to be rebuilt or replaced. So, I decided on a makeover. After 3 weeks on the boat, it was nice to use the home shower in the bathroom that was recently renovated. I've upgraded the water pressure on the boat, so need a more efficient head. Lots to consider.

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Old 05-25-2020, 04:10 PM   #4
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Hi Ted,
Sounds like we have the same set up. Handheld that has a wall mount with on the head shut off while "soaping", etc. I bought a new handheld this year, an Oxygenics from Camping World. They are highly rated as to good stream and low flow, with shut off at the head. However, I have not tried it yet. It is stuck at my US delivery station due to Covid restrictions. If we ship from US to Canada using a courier, the "added" on fees can be horrible, and they are not even listed when purchasing.
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Our shower head is mounted on the wall and has about a 5' metal flex hose to the hand held shower head that has a shutoff at the head. We don't do GI showers. I'm not wasteful when it comes to showers but I do enjoy the luxury of a nice, hot shower when we're on board.
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We put a Skandvik shower in one of our heads last year. So far we love it. It was not cheap but it also isnít plastic.
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Hi Ted,
Sounds like we have the same set up. Handheld that has a wall mount with on the head shut off while "soaping", etc. I bought a new handheld this year, an Oxygenics from Camping World. They are highly rated as to good stream and low flow, with shut off at the head. However, I have not tried it yet. It is stuck at my US delivery station due to Covid restrictions. If we ship from US to Canada using a courier, the "added" on fees can be horrible, and they are not even listed when purchasing.
Hi Tom ,

I've looked at the Oxigenics, they're available at Home Depot. Certainly one I'm considering. Several manufacturers offer a dribbling shutoff which would be desirable in my situation as I have a tempering valve at the water heater. The dribble shutoff should prevent the momentary spike when going to rinse off. Think they were one that offered it.

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Our shower head is mounted on the wall and has about a 5' metal flex hose to the hand held shower head that has a shutoff at the head. We don't do GI showers. I'm not wasteful when it comes to showers but I do enjoy the luxury of a nice, hot shower when we're on board.
I agree! Would like mine to more resemble my home shower, while staying fairly water efficient.

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We put a Skandvik shower in one of our heads last year. So far we love it. It was not cheap but it also isnít plastic.
I have an older model of theirs now. Buy a spare hose now, they're British threads.

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Our shower head can be hand held or attaches to the wall plus it has a shut valve at the head. In the mornings with out running the generator, we have enough hot water for two showers if we each do a generous GI shower. The shut of valve is nice once you get the water temperature adjusted and water up.
Same exercise on my boat....works great!
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A shower head on a hose..... Standard household shower head.
The AT uses a shower stall purchased from a big box home improvement store.
The mixing on/off valve has no identifying marks.
Yes, I do like a good shower so I have a very nice water maker onboard too.
I refuse to go ‘camping’ on my boat.
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The hand spray from a home sink unit is very efficient , uses tiny water , and uses US plumbing fittings . Cheap too!
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Another vote for handheld, with a wall mount. In fact, for the last 30 years, in every home that we have owned, we have replaced the shower heads with this kind of arrangement.
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Our shower head can be hand held or attaches to the wall plus it has a shut valve at the head. In the mornings with out running the generator, we have enough hot water for two showers if we each do a generous GI shower. The shut of valve is nice once you get the water temperature adjusted and water up.
Yep, same set up we have.
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Ted: This is the mixer we have. Probably similar to the one Comodave referenced. The hose threads fit the shut off just before the head. I bought 3 different shower heads from a box store to get one that fit wall bracket, wasn’t too heavy but didn’t feel like something from the Dollar Store.

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I've got the original 34 year old wall mounted handhelds with shutoff in my showers. They're not as good as a great home showerhead, but I'd say they're on par with an average one. Probably would be better with a higher pressure / volume water system, but as-is, they're plenty good enough for a water saving boat shower with no complaints. I can't say anything else would be significantly better in a functional sense.
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I'm in the process of removing my old shower head and faucets. It was an okay idea in it's day, but we have used a different setup on other boats and like it more. We use a battery powered handheld that can be recharged with a USB port similar to this one. We have a collapsible bucket that we fill with the right temperature water and use on the back cockpit. It is easy to take a "navy" shower by turning it on and off (other styles have the switch right on the shower head). And you can look in the bucket and gauge how long to take. A gallon is about right.

Not everybody cruises where it is practical to shower on the back deck, but for us it works perfectly. If we are someplace where somebody might float by, I have some gardener's foam knee pads so that I'm only visible from the neck up. We even leave the wet towels outside. The only moisture that comes in is footprints.

I suppose that in a pinch we could fill the bathroom sink with hot water and use it in the bathroom but then we'd have all the mess, moisture and (sometimes) wet toilet paper. Getting rid of the dated shower paraphernalia in our little bathroom will also look better.

In redoing the FW system, I'm also thinking about changing the plumbing to the faucet in the cockpit to hot water. We really don't use it for much and I don't care if I use a little hot to rinse off boots or whatever. When taking showers, it would be convenient to fill the bucket there.

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We even leave the wet towels outside. The only moisture that comes in is footprints.
For the towels thing, we found that small binder clips are perfect for holding towels to our lifelines for drying them outside without fear of them going anywhere.
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Ted: This is the mixer we have. Probably similar to the one Comodave referenced. The hose threads fit the shut off just before the head. I bought 3 different shower heads from a box store to get one that fit wall bracket, wasnít too heavy but didnít feel like something from the Dollar Store.

https://www.iboats.com/shop/scandvik...BoCFpkQAvD_BwE
The mixer I have is the same, but the threads for the hose were different from the standard one found at Lowe's, Home Depot, or the hardware store. I'm going the single lever Moen or equivalent route.

With the increased water pressure, I'm probably using more water through the hand held head. Going to one of the home units with a 1.8 or 2.5 GPM flow might be more efficient and have a better spray effect.

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Agree-wall mounted hand held-add a shut off valve to save water. Makes cleaning the shower easier too! We installed wall mounted hand held sat home during remiss also -love em way more than a fixed hed
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