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Old 10-01-2017, 23:31   #16
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We've looked at a lot of different ways to do wash on board and think the most important part of doing wash was the spinner function. Without a high rpm spinner soap and dirt remains in the clothes and they don't really get clean.
This is so true. A good spin cycle is very important for a good wash. The 3200 rpm spinners are great but it does take some effort to move the clothes back an forth for a couple of rinse cycles.

I went with a Haier HLP21N top loader (6 lb, two rinse cycles, three water levels, excellent reviews). It spins the clothes at 700 rpm but the drum size is fairly big (14") so it works well. I took the unit apart (removed the outer shell) and fit the drum under the V-berth. The drum enclosure and the motor/pump assembly is 15" in diameter x 23" tall. This is fairly compact and easy to fit even on a small boat. Compared to the Splendide it is compact, less costly and pretty much the same capacity.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Bill O.
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We put our dirty clothes in a mesh bag and tow it behind the boat.

We don't really but that's what my wife tells her friends. We use the laundry facilities at marinas. It's not that bad and the machines do all the work.
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Old 11-01-2017, 05:59   #19
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Re: Clothes washer dryer for boaters

We looked at the Haier and it was one of the most energy efficient units out there. The Haier was a top choice for us over the Splendide, especially since we wouldn't need to run the gen. for hours to get one load washed/dried.

Great idea to remove the outer casing and be able to stow it better in a locker.

Even on our boat, stowage and fresh water usage is always a major consideration. Everyone typically has a 5 gal. bucket on board and the spin drier is the size of a normal cylindrical kitchen trash can.

We actually did experiments (former scientist) to monitor water usage and the bucket/spin drier combo won hands down. The most compelling experiment was to spin the clothes in the 3200 rpm spinner after a "normal" wash cycle in a standard big home wash machine. We were applauded at the amount of soap/dirt that was still in the clothes that we could extract with the spinner.

I agree one needs to handle the clothes more than an automatic-type washer, but for us it isn't a much work and the gains were worth the small extra effort to have clean clothes.

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It all depends on how much room you have and do you have an electrical system that can run them. I have a 50 amp 220 service and I have an apartment style, dryer above the washer combination. I have a dryer duct that opens onto the deck with a cover and a screw on metal rain hat attachment with a tail on top that keeps the open side downwind.
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In reality, the options for a 28' boat aren't the same as the options for a 48' boat. For the 28' boat, everything you bring aboard has to be worth the space it takes up.
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Re: Clothes washer dryer for boaters

We confronted this last summer as there are very few laundrettes in Croatia and washing by hand sucks. We bought the Good Ideas Portable Twin Tub washer spinner. If you search on the name you should find somewhere it;s in stock where you are
Good Ideas Twintub Washing Machine and Spin Dryer | Robert Dyas
It's all plastic (well on the outside and the bits that wash/spin), weighs about 12kg and works really well. the key thing is you can wash, rinse and spin clothes really well. So far, we are extremely pleased for a modest outlay. We tend to wash, spin out, rinse, spin, rinse, spin, hang out. Spinner is really effective, clothes dry 1-2 hr. Uses about 100-200W of 230V although I guess there is a 110v option. Flexible hose to galley tap and loop drain hose over sink and you are off.
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Re: Clothes washer dryer for boaters

I was originally planning on just a spinner, wash by hand, then spin and hang, but I learned about a Splendide Washer/Dryer ,twice the size, I let it do everything but dry. I am very pleased with the job that it does.
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I agree Pilot, give your wife a washboard and see how fast you become one of those solo sailors with a big white beard

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Nice work in the washer install!
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Simple, no electrical needed
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Washing cloths on board with no-work and no electric is simple and requires no special kit... just a 5gal bucket with a lid. Put in cloths, water, soap, snap lid on, tie bucket to a cleat and toss it overboard while sailing.. 30-45min later it is clean.. Repeat this with rinse water 2 or 3 times ring out and hang to dry. Done.
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In reality, the options for a 28' boat aren't the same as the options for a 48' boat. For the 28' boat, everything you bring aboard has to be worth the space it takes up.
I went through the same reasoning and this is why I settled on the Haier 1.0 cubic feet. As mentioned above, it is a fairly small self contained unit once you remove the casing and fits the V-berth trapezoid cut-out nicely (I am on a 31' boat, so it should fit pretty much any boat). Further, the space is not wasted as you can use the drum for storage of your dirty clothes. Here is the double use .
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Washing cloths on board with no-work and no electric is simple and requires no special kit... just a 5gal bucket with a lid. Put in cloths, water, soap, snap lid on, tie bucket to a cleat and toss it overboard while sailing.. 30-45min later it is clean.. Repeat this with rinse water 2 or 3 times ring out and hang to dry. Done.
Its all great untill the bail breaks
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Its all great untill the bail breaks
You can tie the line around the bucket brim if you are worried... but if you tie a short line, the bucket skips and bounces on top the water and doesn't dig in... we only put maybe 1 gal of water in the 5 gal bucket... Never had a bail break yet, and it will make for a good MOB drill when it does.
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What I might get is one of these:



No power needs, not much to go wrong, easily storable. Makes more sense to me on our smallish boat.
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