Analyzing Heads

At the moment, we are staying at Cape Eleuthera Yacht Club and Resort – a fancy way of saying we’re staying in a marina.  It’s likely to be our last marina stay for weeks, even months.

We’re not making this trip to stay in marinas, but sometimes they’re convenient or even necessary.  There is really no other place to stay at the southern tip of Eleuthera other than a marina.  Once here, we get to indulge in what most people take for granted when not living on a boat: unlimited water to shower in, and flush toilets that don’t require you to hand pump your output into a tank.

For those few who are interested (and for everyone else, I’m planning on a more normal blog post later today), I’m providing this blog post to provide my ratings of marina shower facilities.  These ratings are not qualitative – they don’t analyze the décor, for example – they merely address the basic features of marina bathing facilities at the marinas I’ve stayed at.

Here goes:

LOGGERHEAD MARINA, VERO BEACH, FLORIDA

Security: No keys, but marina in gated community

Air-Conditioned: Yes

Space to Put Your Stuff: Yes, if you get the large shower stall; a single hook outside the curtain if you get the small one.

Water Pressure: Good

Water Temperature: Full range

OLD BAHAMA BAY, WEST END, GRAND BAHAMA

Security: No keys

Air-Conditioned: Small air-conditioner in the restroom, but you have to know to turn it on; feeble chilling power

Space to Put Your Stuff: No; hooks outside the curtain of the shower stall

Water Pressure: Weak

Water Temperature: Full range

GREEN TURTLE CLUB, GREEN TURTLE CAY, ABACOS

Security: Bath house access with key only

Air-Conditioned: No

Space to Put Your Stuff: Yes, hooks and towel rod

Water Pressure: Acceptable

Water Temperature: Full range

HARBOUR VIEW MARINA, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO

Security: Key access, in a gated marina

Air-Conditioned: Yes

Space to Put Your Stuff: Yes; a full bathroom suite

Water Pressure: Good

Water Temperature: Full range (except that H and C might be reversed, so be sure to check)

CAPE ELEUTHERA, ELEUTHERA

Security: Individual bathroom suites lock from the inside

Air-Conditioned: Yes

Space to Put Your Stuff: Yes; a full bathroom suitE

Water Pressure: Good

Water Temperature: Cold only

So far, the pluses far outweigh any minuses, and I haven’t been driven to use my boat shower instead.  But at the same time, don’t go fantasizing about a hot shower after a long passage unless you know you’re going to a marina that will have it.

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