This is the second in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as memorable anchorages, breweries, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, pubs, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests,” but rather to provide an entertaining and insightful look at things we’ve enjoyed while cruising in the Pacific Northwest. And since every boater has their favorites, we invite you to join in and share yours by filling out the form at the bottom. 

One of the many frequently asked questions we get about living and cruising on Yahtzee is if we shower aboard. Except for using the sun shower on deck in the summer, we don’t shower on the boat. Instead, we roll it into our routine when stopping in port for provisions, fuel, laundry, etc.

That being the case, we’ve seen our fair share of shoreside facilities over the years, as have many cruisers, which led to a lively discussion the other night about the best and worst marina showers in the area. While laughter ensued, we realized it would make a perfect “5 Favorites”, and though all these places get high marks from us for their cleanliness, there are other factors and memorable stories that help set them apart from the rest.

In no particular order, here are our five favorite marina showers in the Pacific Northwest.

Arabella’s Landing Marina: Gig Harbor, Washington


It was the day after Thanksgiving and rain was coming down in buckets when we arrived at Arabella’s Landing. Soaked and chilled, we secured the dock lines, hooked up shore power, turned on the space heater, grabbed our towels and toiletries, and made way for the showers. Clean and welcoming, we found a hot, sauna-esq bathing experience that could only be described as heavenly. It was the perfect way to start our time in Gig Harbor; clean, warm, refreshed and ready to head for 7 Seas Brewing.

Shower Stats: No coins. Untimed.

Elliott Bay Marina: Seattle, Washington


When Porter and I walked in to take a shower at Elliott Bay Marina, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds serenaded us and a nice wooden bench allowed me to get him ready before going into the shower stall. Once in the shower, Porter belted out the, “Don’t worry, about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing, gonna be alright” chorus and I couldn’t help but laugh, as there were other people using the bathroom as well. Besides the nice addition of music, the showers here are always well maintained and the water pressure is good. Showers at Elliott Bay, “No worries!”

Shower Stats: No coins. Untimed.

Ladysmith Maritime Society (Ladysmith Community Marina): Ladysmith, British Columbia

The showers inside the welcoming center.
The showers inside the welcome center.

This cozy marina on the east side of Vancouver Island is a true gem. All of their facilities are beautiful and the marina is close to town (read more here). But the showers are a treat. Entering the Welcome Center, you’ll pass straight through the cafe and lounge area to see several doors. Each door houses a single shower stall — which affords a nice amount of privacy — and after several days without a proper bath, the pressure is perfect for cleaning off a salt-encrusted sailor.

Shower Stats: No coins. Untimed.

Port Sidney Marina: Sidney, British Columbia 


Close to excellent shops, restaurants and provisions, this is a convenient stop all around, but if you come for that stuff, stay for the showers. Housed on the second floor of the main building, this large and bright washroom has several showers stalls and a long bench separating them from the adjacent sinks. Porter and I were back at it again in this one, and with a wet tile floor, I had him in his water shoes to keep him from slipping. For some reason he took that as a queue as needing to take his own shower — which was fine by me. I took mine, got out and there was still time left for him to head in and hose off (with help of course).

Shower Stats: 3 Loonies. Approximately 8 to 9 minutes.

Dock Street Marina: Tacoma, Washington

Dock Street Marina’s nice shower building sits in front of the Museum of Glass.

We always enjoy a stop at this friendly marina when venturing to or from the South Sound, and a big part of that is the top notch facilities. Located adjacent to the wondrous Museum of Glass, the modern shower building has two separate enclosed stalls and laundry. Grab some reading material from the long table that runs the length of the entryway to take in with you, and enjoy to large shower/restrooms.

Shower Stats: No coins. Untimed.

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