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The showerhead: Not just a girl’s best friend

The showerhead: Not just a girl’s best friend

The Caribbean is a special kind of hot.  The air is humid and heavy, and it holds a lot of salt.  By 3pm everyday, we’re invariably jumping in the ocean just to cool off, although we usually discover some bizarre new sea creature while we’re in there.  After shedding a few degrees, we’ll climb back onto the boat, even saltier than when we jumped in.

Then comes the shower.  Oh, the shower!  It’s not just a hose and a knob, it’s a time of day, it’s a ritual.  It means we can spend the evenings feeling fresh and clean, it keeps our bed from becoming a salt cavern, and I think for Jess (as a woman who revels in cleanliness), it keeps her sane.

We’re lucky to have a few things onboard Sitka that many other boat’s don’t have.  She has a custom watermaker that can turn even the briniest seawater into fresh, clean, delicious drinking water.  This means we can be a lot more liberal with our water usage than other cruisers can.  Sitka also has two freshwater tanks with a combined 500L capacity, which means we don’t have to run the watermaker every day, even with guests on board.  These features of the boat combine with the swimgrid showerhead to allow us to make showering part of our daily routine.

I like to joke that the showerhead is Jess’ favourite part of the boat. 😂  But truth be told, it’s probably mine too.  Because watching a golden sunset, naked on the back of the boat, is one hell of a way to close out your day.

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