We all know sanitary conditions are sometimes not the best on fishing boats, especially smaller independent vessels. With more pressure on fleets to stay cleaner amid the pandemic, the pressurized portable shower units from RinseKit are a good option for smaller boats without bathrooms.

RinseKit was originally designed by California surfer Chris Crawford, who wanted a portable post-surf shower to wash off the saltwater and sand before he got in his car to drive home. After an appearance on Shark Tank, the product took off with outdoor enthusiasts and sport fishermen, and provides a good alternative to solar showers for commercial fleets.

Two models, the RinseKit Pod and the RinseKit Plus, come with the same shower head with five settings, from the shower setting to a mist setting. The Pod holds 1.75 gallons of water and is a smaller, easily stowed unit for smaller vessels, while the Plus will hold up to 2 gallons of water and will run for five minutes on the center setting and mist for up to 10 minutes. The shower heads have a metal hook on the back to hang them, or act as a kickstand for hands-free use.

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Brian Hagenbuch is National Fisherman's products editor, a contributing editor to SeafoodSource and a Bristol Bay fisherman. He is based in Seattle.

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