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Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

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Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby CaptLui » Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:52 pm

Howdy! I am about to go back livingaboard after a break up of almost twenty years. I was in and around the Australian east coast from Melbourne to Darwin. Hope to re-learn with you guys and Ladys how to do things :-) Now, for start how about to answer a Q from my wife, she asked me how we will keep towels dry after shower and I said "well, the way we did aboard Alvidia (our 30 footer built with our own hands back then)" but actually I don´t remember if we even bother to have dry towels at all that time. Please help? It is almost a case of mayday!!!

PS: without hanging out on the cockpit, so I heard these days people complaining about almost everything some thou with good reason of course...

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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby RTB » Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:16 pm

Well, on our 36' sailboat, we don't have much choice. Hang the towel on a lifeline. If I had a Nordhavn, I'd throw the damp towel in the dryer. If you are on a sailboat, it is possible to hang a towel some place in your cockpit...maybe over the wheel or tiller. Maybe inside the dodger. Less obvious than the lifelines if that bothers you. If at a marina, use their dryers, but anchored out, not much choice.
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby Robin » Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:49 am

Our marina rules say no drying washing hung out in sight. We use the excellent marina washers and dryers which are reasonably enough priced. Towels, in between laundry days are hung inside our full cockpit canopy out of sight but we use microfiber 'travel' specials that are ultra quick drying, plus we first dry off with a face cloth that can be wrung dry several times. too saving soaking the towel
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby CaptForce » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:46 am

We always recognized that 'saltwater" towels would never fully dry. We were able to dry our towels by rinsing our bodies with fresh water before toweling dry after swimming in sea water. When we were at marinas that frowned upon hanging towels on lifelines, we hung them from the bimini top frames under the cover, but still open to the breeze.
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby janice142 » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:59 pm

Aboard Seaweed I have chosen to use small thin towels. Thick towels take too long to dry. Or I simply dry off with a moisturizing lotion.

I also use what might normally be considered a day towel because it is pretty and I like it. This one:
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby tex » Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:40 am

We agree with Janice. Thin, absorbant material like shammy is easiest to pack aboard and easy to ring out...dries much faster. We hang ours on a line in the veranda.
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby janice142 » Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:54 pm

tex wrote:Source of the post We agree with Janice. Thin, absorbant material like shammy is easiest to pack aboard and easy to ring out...dries much faster. We hang ours on a line in the veranda.


I have thought about getting a shammy... a "real" one as the fakes feel icky. I seem to remember having one when I was a kidlet... many many years ago. I might look into seeing if I can find another piece. Are there any "care" concerns? Something to do (or not) in taking care of the shammy?

For now I do not need one... just curiosity.
I've seen "silver thread" hiker's towels on Amazon that are supposed to be wonderful. I'm concerned about the feel though. I prefer soft to scratchy.
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby tex » Sat Aug 18, 2018 1:29 am

I can only say don’t use the shammy for salt water. They seem to stink after. For fresh water, rinse and ring every drip you can right away.
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby janice142 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:08 am

Thanks... I do like a towel to dry fast. Today was laundry day. I'm tired but every thing aboard Seaweed is clean and dry, except my hair. The hair always takes a long time.

Life is good.
Thanks for the hint re a chamois. If I find one I'll be sure to keep it for fresh water only.

Seaweed has a spigot in the cockpit so after swimming I rinse off the salt water before tracking through the boat to my shower down below. I have taken showers out there too in more remote areas.
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Re: Greetings and Q please on towels aboard

Postby ka8uet » Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:08 pm

I use my swimming towels, which dry quickly. I just hang them on hooks in the head, outside the shower. I have dried some laundry in the cockpit by using my cane stuck between the wheel and my seat. Not very noticeable from outside the boat. My boat has AC, whick helps with drying towels and hand laundry.

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