Galley Wench Tales

Exploring the world through the people we meet
and the food they eat.

cruising life how to save water for hair shampoo
Not headless; just a longgg stretch for my pre-shampoo soak.
My bum is not that big– really — it’s just the angle!

When water runs a half a buck a gallon or requires power (solar, running a generator or running our motor) to make it from desalination, long leisurely showers are not a viable option.

For folks sporting fine-haired buzz cuts, like Wayne, short showers do the job just fine.

For longish, thick, wavy mops like mine, it’s another story.

Last year required resorting to what I called the buckethead technique to degrease my hair (click here to see how silly that looked).  Buy hey, thanks to find a shampoo / soap at West Marine that suds in saltwater without stripping the heck out of my hair, and a little noodling about finding a better way, it’s gotten easier. 

Rather than dunking my head in a bucket, which tends to give me a nasal enema, I choose from these the wet – suds up – initial rinse options

  1. outside our boat off our swim ladder for all three (wet – suds up – initial rinse)
  2. inside our cockpit, after the wet and suds, usually on the way back from a swim or snorkel trip; Wayne does the honors of pouring the bucket rinses
  3. off our dinghy; when the current is so strong it does a great wet & rinse and if I was on the side ladder my feet would be going perpendicular.  
cruising life in crusing destination warderick wells exuma bahama
Rub-a-dub-dub I’m sudsing my head off our dinghy
in Warderick Wells.  The current was swift!
Final rinse is always with fresh water, usually in our shower with the instant-on hot water heater we’re not totally without modern conveniences!

It’s working.  My hair’s clean a lot more this year than last.  We’re still averaging about 2 1/2 gallons of freshwater daily for all our cooking, drinking, dishwashing and showering.  Enough to keep up with what we need without paying to refill our tanks since we left the States (thanks to water clean enough to consider desalinating for drinking), even though we run our 1 gallon / hour watermaker not all that often.    

And I’m only slightly less undignified.

Location, Location
Feb 22, 2014. BAHAMAS. Prescheduled from  Black Point, Great Guana Cay, Exumas (N24.10.937  W.76.24.291). By the time you read this, we’ll be in a remote anchorage off Great Guana Cay, Exumas unless we dallied longer in Black Point…. along the way to Georgetown to reprovision,