You’ll Want To Sit Down For This One!

On the sixth day of our training delivery, we had been holed up in Hampton for a few days while waiting for a fair weather window to round Cape Hatteras. The past three days were spent troubleshooting a battery charging issue as a group. Four minds, three days, two strong cold fronts, and one tight saloon.

I realized we were getting to know each other quite well when, during our routine morning muster Marc raised his hand, “Can I ask a serious question, but with bit of comic relief?”

“Oh Boy,” I thought.

“According to our Ships Articles,” Marc held up the shipboard culture goals we outlined as a crew on the first day when we met each other and moved aboard, “it says ’Please sit to Pee’. I understand why this important, but I’m still confused about how to effectively do so without getting drips on the seat. I’m hoping for some coaching.”

We all burst out laughing, something we had been doing a lot the past few days. Then we went on to troubleshoot “going potty” like we troubledshooted the battery problem, hitting all the key points such as; toilet paper technique, toilet size ratio, wave height, and other variables.

After three days of troubleshooting, our batteries are now charging, our toilet seats are dry, and our laugh tank is full.

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12 Responses to You’ll Want To Sit Down For This One!

  1. Tommy November 12, 2013 at 10:12 pm #

    TMI! ;-)

  2. Douglas November 12, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

    Ahoy Guys ,,, I have always wondered , how to remove the brown skid marks , from a cedar bucket ???

    Please give instructions on how to use the bucket , from start to finish ,,,,

    I learned to “pack it Out ” , in plastic bags , on river raft trips ,,, but never learned how to sort out , that stuff , on board , with a cedar bucket ,,, ???

    Please Help , Educate Me !

  3. Alan November 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

    My first offshore sailing lessons were with a girl, her name was Captain Leah and her boat was s/v Wet Dream. She let it be known in no uncertain terms that If I was caught using the head standing up that she would change me from a rooster to a hen with one…

  4. Dorothy November 13, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Men -- this works great at home, too!!

  5. Martina November 13, 2013 at 7:31 am #

    Hi Teresa,
    What was wrong with your battery? We’ve been having battery charing problems since late summer that we haven’t yet resolved. We could benefit from your brain storming!!

    • Teresa Carey November 13, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      The battery bank was not taking a charge off the engine. We learned that because the house bank was all connected (they were in parallel) they were behaving like one battery. However, one of the batteries was spent and wouldn’t take a charge so it was forever draining the others therefore keeping the entire bank low despite charging efforts. We didn’t want to go to sea without batteries being able to charge. For now, we have removed that battery from the bank and plan to replace all the batteries once we get to FLA.

      • Martina November 13, 2013 at 8:27 am #

        Thanks Teresa. That’s helpful. Sounds very similar to our problem. We’ve also removed one of the batteries. Happy sailing.

  6. Warren November 14, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    I figured out years ago that peeing sitting down made sense for everyone. Maybe all men would figure this out if they cleaned their own bathrooms.

  7. Jimmy November 15, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Teresa and Ben,
    Was there optional training that we missed?
    To be quite honest, I don’t go sitting down. I’ve learned to go on my knees with my head (my body’s head that is), pushing against the bulkhead. It’s quite a maneuver but I cannot be thrown off the toilet as I am already on the sole of the head. I cannot go forward as my actual head presses on the bulkhead and I cannot go aft as my feet on the floor prevent it. And in my head, athwart ships is ruled out as the space that low to the toilet is not much larger than my shoulder span and I have one hand free.
    I like it because I don’t have to peel off as much of my oilies and I retain my male dignity. At least in my mind.

    • Marc Konesco November 16, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      Jimmy -- I am understanding you technique about 80% -- can you send a picture for further clarification? Good to hear from you and thanks for breaking Teresa and Ben in for Jen and I -- having a great trip down -- all my best to you guys.

  8. Paul Mills November 17, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    For me it’s all very simple. Girls are designed to pee sitting down -- or squatting; boys standing up. Whilst sailing my concession is sitting or kneeling if the conditions make standing perilous.

    The thorny bit is everyone taking responsibilty for leaving the heads clean and tidy…. and as a long serving charter skipper I know just how that can go, and the fundamental rule that everyone takes their turn in the daily routines…. . And having lived with girls and lasies all my life my view is that each gender has their own bathroom challnges!



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