Monday, February 18, 2013

The Boat Galley: More Privacy

This week's Boat Galley article shares an environmentally smart trick for having more privacy on your boat...

Tips From The Boat Galley
By Carolyn Shearlock, author of The Boat Galley, with over 350 FREE articles to get the most out of your boat kitchen with galley tips, insights & equipment recommendations. A few recipes, too - plus an active Facebook community to ask questions and share tips with other readers! The Boat Galley Cookbook, written with Jan Irons, is now available at Amazon and other retailers.

Ever wish your port holes had frosted glass? I mean, cruisers are a friendly bunch and most try to respect each others' privacy even when docked just a few feet away. However, sometimes it just ends up that someone has a pretty good view right into the boat either from the dock or, more frequently, from their boat into yours. And if it happens to be your "dressing area" or it's hot and you're not wearing much, well, you just crave a bit of privacy. (continues after the pic...)

Today's Boat Galley Topic: More Privacy & Less Trash 

Sailboat windows



More Privacy & Less Trash

Jackie Bartz of Lively Lady came up with a great way to get a bit more privacy without totally blocking the light... and which uses what would otherwise be trash!

Boat Privacy


Says Jackie:  The cereal box "liner bags" that are translucent plastic make good "frosting" for the ports/hatches when cut to fit and applied with a few small pieces of tape. Light can still come in, but no one can SEE in!

And a hint for cutting the pieces out: Just place the plastic on/in the port and run a pencil or pen around in the frame. The pen or pencil will almost cut the liner if you hold the plastic in place carefully.

In a follow up e-mail, Jackie noted that different brands of cereal (and some cracker packages) have different colors and transparency, as well as different sizes.

If you want to get fancy or need a larger piece than a box liner, you can also buy static cling sheets at most home improvement stores. They're usually near the curtain rods and blinds. I used these to cover a mirrored shower door that was directly opposite the toilet in our house (YIKES! What was the previous owner thinking?). While the sheets seem expensive at $20 each, it was much cheaper than buying a new shower door!

About the Author

Carolyn Shearlock is author of The Boat Galley, with over 350 FREE articles to get the most out of your boat kitchen with galley tips, insights & equipment recommendations. A few recipes, too - plus an active Facebook community to ask questions and share tips with other readers! The print edition of The Boat Galley Cookbook, written with Jan Irons, is now available from Amazon and other retailers - electronic editions are coming but slightly delayed.


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