It has been 8 1/2 years that we have lived on our 36′ Endurance sailboat. 8 1/2 years with the same burgundy Wabasso towels – one for him and one for me. There is no linen closet full of towels and bedding in assorted colours, just two burgundy towels with a single matching hand towel.
During the summer, we began noticing that the edging around the towels was beginning to wear. With progressive washes in the marina’s laundromat, the unravelling of the towels had begun. Today, we made the decision that had been building since summer – the burgundy towels had to go.
Why all the fanfare about a pair of towels? Well you see, when you live on a boat and embrace the minimalistic lifestyle that it imposes, shopping for household items is a rare activity.
Can we mend the towels instead of buying new ones? Yes, but it probably won’t last long because the fabric is too worn. We won’t throw them out to end up in the landfill – there is always a need for rags on a boat. And so it has been decided: the burgundy towels will become burgundy rags.
Now, the decision making had begun. What colour will the new towels be? It is likely that we will be looking at them for the next 8 1/2 years, so colour is a big part of the decision.
A darker colour is preferred because it hides the marks from our less-than-pristine living quarters. We both really like blue and I suggested a royal blue towel that we used to have when we lived on land. My husband agreed or at least he faked that he remembered the towel that I described.
Off to the Bay I went and luckily, they were having a sale on towels today. I found exactly what I was looking for and paid 50% less than I would have yesterday. I love the Bay!
I have just taken my new towels out of the washer and put them in the dryer alongside the burgundy towels that they will replace. The royal blue towels will hang on the towel rack in the head while the burgundy towels will be cut into smaller versions of themselves, fulfilling important tasks yet to come.
When I opened the dryer door and pulled out the lint tray, it was full of royal blue lint. Goodbye burgundy towels.