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Old 10-23-2007, 11:03 AM   #21
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So youse submariners didn't have salt water showers? WW2 can i was on for my first cruise ended up w/ a lack of fresh water (some sort of boiler issues) and we got salt water showers for a while in Westpac. Not real gratifying when the idea is to reduce the crust from spray after standing bridge wing watches.
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Old 10-23-2007, 12:59 PM   #22
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I absolutely love taking baths with the candles and the music.
My dream bathroom is one with a nice deep tub so I can just soak with lots of bubbles as well as a stand up shower with three jets and a seat.
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(BTW, the first time our DD used the tub -- while we were out of the house -- she added bubble bath to the water. Definitely a bad idea)
What's the point of having one of those cool tubs if you can't use Bubble Bath? Is there something special about the type you had, or did she just use too much?
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What's the point of having one of those cool tubs if you can't use Bubble Bath? Is there something special about the type you had, or did she just use too much?
Most of these tubs suck water from the tub, run it through pipes, and dump it back into the tub, usually beneath the surface. There is a lot of turbulence and often some air mixed in during the trip through the pipes. Add some bubble bath and you get something akin to a giant blender filled with soapy water that someone turned on while the lid was off.

I found out the hard way that you need to make sure the water level covers the return spout. Mopping the ceiling was not fun.
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Does anyone have one of those tubs with doors for easy stepping into? Seems like a leak waiting to happen.......
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So youse submariners didn't have salt water showers? WW2 can i was on for my first cruise ended up w/ a lack of fresh water (some sort of boiler issues) and we got salt water showers for a while in Westpac. Not real gratifying when the idea is to reduce the crust from spray after standing bridge wing watches.
Nope, no salt showers.

The goal was to cut water usage to 20 gallons per day per person (which reduced wear & tear on the evaporator). That included water used for cooking, dishwashing, and laundry. Even at 1-2 showers per week it's more challenging than you'd expect.

The toilets are flushed with salt water. The engineering spaces have any number of handy valves to obtain salt water for a birdbath, but it doesn't soap up very well and it can really irritate the skin. Of course if it's a choice of hydraulic oil, bilges, or carbon dust then I'll take the salt water.
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Nope, no salt showers.

The goal was to cut water usage to 20 gallons per day per person (which reduced wear & tear on the evaporator). That included water used for cooking, dishwashing, and laundry. Even at 1-2 showers per week it's more challenging than you'd expect.

The toilets are flushed with salt water. The engineering spaces have any number of handy valves to obtain salt water for a birdbath, but it doesn't soap up very well and it can really irritate the skin. Of course if it's a choice of hydraulic oil, bilges, or carbon dust then I'll take the salt water.
I'm going to call shenanigans on my salt water shower story. I remember the sea water flush toilets, but am having a hard time thinking that the plumbing would be rigged to accept sea water into the fresh water system for the showers. Seems that the shower water would have common plumbing with the sinks, and drinking sea water isn't really a good thing. Of course it's the Navy, so it could have been that the plumbing could have been so rigged, but there is a growing seed of doubt in me that we were actually showering in sea water.
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What's the point of having one of those cool tubs if you can't use Bubble Bath? Is there something special about the type you had, or did she just use too much?
Our tub is a true whirlpool (i.e., the water swirls around the tub creating a vortex that provides the massaging action), so adding bubble bath to the water was akin to putting too much dishwashing detergent into a running blender full of water! It wasn't big, billowing bubbles...it was more like a continual flow of thick foam -- and it didn't take too much BB to get this end result!

The mfg claims you can use BB in this tub, but after this episode, we moved on to bath salts instead!
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