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Big Living on a Little Boat
2005 to Present
Original State of the Stall
~ Original State of the Stall ~
Original Tile
~ Original Tile ~
The Head
(or 'Bathroom')
Our head is located in the bow of the boat, and the layout allows for a separate shower stall – unheard of on a boat this size! Inside the stall, which lays to portLeft side of a ship when facing forward. we have a seat (though it is tall enough to stand), tile around the base, and a fiberglass surround. I've added three soap pumps on the wall to keep everything neat and stationary, as well as suction cup hooks and a catch-all. There is also a teak grab bar and towel rack. The showerhead is on a long hose and includes a shut-off valve to conserve fresh water while bathing. We changed out the cheap faucet almost immediately, which wasn't an easy feat. But Don came up with a wonderful solution to our weird little, non-standard needs.

Over the years, the tile and grout began to get cracked and show its age. Much to my surprise, Don volunteered to take on the project of retiling without any suggestion from me. In the process he changed the seat from teak to Starboard®, a marine-grade polymer that is much nicer on bare butts.

Updated Shower Stall
~ Updated Shower Stall ~

Forward of the shower is a deep linen locker with a louvered door. It has a dividing shelf, and ample space for spare towels, toiletries, our first aid supplies, etc. In fact it is so cavernous, I've installed a little battery operated light inside.

The toilet is beautifully covered by a big, teak enclosure topped with a heavy lid. It is so nice to have this eyesore concealed, and the smells contained. We originally had a manual pump style. It took a little getting used to; lumbering in there in the middle of the night, and then going through the added exertion required to flush it. But, if we left the lights off, it was kind of fun to see the green bioluminescence flowing through the pipes!

But the pumps constantly needed rebuilt (yuck) and the parts were almost the same cost as buying a whole new toilet! So for our porcelain anniversary, we upgraded to an electric toilet. I've never regretted it! Yes, it's noisy. Yes, it takes power. Yes, it has to sit a little cocked in the box so the pump fits. But I don't care – it is a vast improvement over the old, stinky, leaky pump!

Directly behind the toilet are two louvered doors leading to what is known as the chain locker, which is where all the anchor rodeThe rope or chain attached between the boat and the anchor. sits when not deployed. We've mounted a propane instant water heater on one of the bulkheads, and though it's ventless, it gets extra air from the two chain hawse pipesPipe in the stem or bow of a vessel through which an anchor cable passes.. Don plumbed the gas to the built-in teak deckbox directly above, which is large enough for a 10lb horizontal tank.

Old Faucet
~ Old Faucet ~
Diana in the Galley
~ Updated Faucet ~

Last, we come to the sink on the starboardThe right side of a ship when facing forward. side. A stainless steel basin sits in a dark green marble counter. There's a sliding medicine cabinet above, and a small closed locker below. Again, the original faucet had at some point been replaced with a cheap, household spigot. Don upgraded that when the freshwater system got overhauled, shortly after we took possession of the boat.

The head is closed off by the only, large door in our entire boat. It was years before I took a good look at that door and noticed the huge loop of grain that ran through three-quarters of its face. "It's all one piece of wood!" I marveled. SOLID TEAK!

Freshly Finished Head
~ Freshly Finished Head ~
Steamy and Bright
The large forward hatch is directly overhead, which is perfect for when we choose to use the solar shower – which is a thick, black water bag with a hose hanging from the bottom. Two of the 6 doradesA cowl or fixed wind scoop found on the deck and designed to funnel air below. vent down into the head, and we've installed a 12V fan to blow everything aft. It can be fairly breezy up there at times.

One overhead dome light is all we need to keep it bright. There's a large mirror on the door that reflects the light around as well.

A Room Fit for A …
When we moved aboard, it was important to me that it didn't feel as if we were 'camping' and usually, a small boat's bathroom is the most rustic space onboard. I've seen walls of raw fiberglass. Most have their peculiar little bright-white toilets conspicuously sitting on their tangle of hoses. Showering either takes place in the entire head, or out in the cockpit.

But not on a Hans Christian! Our head is a space that I can actually enjoy, warm and inviting. It's part of what makes us feel so at home.

Check out our Boat Projects to learn more about our upgrades!
  • New Electric Toilet
  • Installed Propane Instant Water Heater
  • Retiled Shower
  • Complete Varnish
  • Installed 12v Fan
  • Replaced Shower Head