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Old 11-01-2017, 10:16   #31
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Re: Clothes washer dryer for boaters

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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.
And you can use it to roll out your pasta dough or tortillas
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Old 11-01-2017, 12:34   #32
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Where are all the dirty clothes coming from ?

I only generate dirty clothes when in a Marina, where they are required be law.
The Marina Laundromat is easy peasy ...drop clothes in washer ... came back latter and move em to the dryer...pick them up latter.
Requires quarters and soap.
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I agree with Bill O. Washing is not difficult. There are many hand-powerd and low tech devices and approaches for washing. Rinsing and getting rid of detergent/soap from laundry is difficult. I tried and tested, in my own stupid, labor-intensive ways, several 'manual' approaches, but failed with anything bigger than a small-ish towel. I just could not get rid of detergent. Plus, eco-friendly (and much preferred) air drying is an option on a nice day, but nightmare on rainy one. Nice washer/vented dryer combo for me.
20 Mule Team Borax is a very good cleaner, anti-mold and mildew product due to its 9.3-9.4 PH. Rinses out easily and is skin friendly. Athlete's foot or nails or toenails with fungus is also cured by dipping toes or fingers in a max solution of Borax and letting them air dry.
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OK. But how does it work? Possible suggestion. Wear clothes until near putrid. Stand on the board. Half fill the bucket with the clothes and anything else you want to get rid of. Tie the rope around the handle. Swing the bucket madly around in the air and when giddy, just let go. Dirty clothing problem solved. Someone will find it and think they have won the lottery A bucket and some rope! They will probably furtively secrete the clothes and later wash them. Allowing you to pass a suitable comment as you pass their drying clothes.
Visit local charity shop for quality social outing and replacement bucket, rope and clothes. No ironing, and folks will comment on your ever changing wardrobe. Usually the clothes from the charity shop will be washed and ironed for you!
This technique may also cause others to avoid you but at least you won't become a sad zombie sitting in front of a washing machine with that typical vacant stare of the lost soul.
And that wringer! Weirdest phone I have ever seen. Boom boom.

The weirdest washing machine I observed (at Nhulunbuy - Gove - Yacht Club - on every world cruisers stop over in the Northern Territory of Australia) was a small outboard motor fitted to a 44 gallon drum with the top removed. A heavy steel mesh frame enclosed the shaft and propeller. Add water, detergent clothes. Start outboard motor, leave at idle, in gear. Occasionally, reverse gear. When water gets overheated, stop. Cleans up the outboard as well. Bargain.
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Where are all the dirty clothes coming from ?

I only generate dirty clothes when in a Marina, where they are required be law.
The Marina Laundromat is easy peasy ...drop clothes in washer ... came back latter and move em to the dryer...pick them up latter.
Requires quarters and soap.
And "pods" are the ideal soap (actually detergent). No measuring, no spilling and just carry the ones you need with the clothes. No box and no bottle.

We don't generate the dirty clothes while cruising that we do at home. We do wear them but we don't have to change every day.
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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.

So our solution was a mix of low tech and a more modern spin drier. The "washer" is simply 5 gallon bucket w/a modified plunger. Manually add water/soap and plunge every once in a while. Then comes the spinner. Our spinner Spin Dryer does 3200 rpm while most are only 800-1200 so it gets it out a large majority of residual dirt/soap out of the clothes. Return to bucket for 2 rinses, repeating the spin cycle between. We used ~4.5 gal. water for normal clothes and up to 6 gal. for towels.

The spinner does need 110V (400W) but isn't a big draw on the inverter and its only for a few minutes. Also once the majority of the water is removed, the clothes dry quickly.

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Welcome to CF Bill O, great first contribution.

I just showed it to my partner of 12 years and we both like your solution.

What we like is that there is
No hook up.
We can do at Anchor
Light and portable
Can be stored in Locker
Speeds up air drying dramatically.

Do you know if they make a 220v version?
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Perhaps I can add that I used a spin dryer like Bill references for 10 years while living in our last land house (didnít own a washer or dryer there either). It works really well, and really fast. I imagine it would be a great tool for those who can manage from a storage and power perspective.
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I was surfing the net yesterday and found a new portable washing machine that is just about ready to hit the market. I am about to start a extended trip and really hate sitting in a marina watching a washer dryer. With most boats you have peculiar surcumstances such as fresh water and power. This product uses leg power and water added by a pail. The company is taking advance orders now. Their web site is YIREGO.
Agree life is way too short to spend at a marina laundromat waiting for your turn, then going back to check the clothes, or spend even more time sitting with them. All this especially when you can be doing interesting things in the village, or sailing, or anchored in a remote bay .....

We have a little Soba Baby Nova on board. My First Mate especially loves it, the ease of use, and huge time saving. It uses less water than a small water maker can produce in an hour, and has enough capacity for a pair of double sheets, and a few other things, or else a load of towels. Washing comes out barely damp, and is dry in under an hour. Fits in a standard locker and frankly, we would not go sailing without it. One of those creature comforts that keeps life on board for a couple happy
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We have installed a DWD-M301 WP, from Daewoo Electronics. Best thing is that it is just 16 kg in weight. It takes 3 kg of clothes and works at 240 volt. it spins at 700 rpm. The machine is wall mounted. We are using it since 4 months and are very satisfied.
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Where are all the dirty clothes coming from ?

I only generate dirty clothes when in a Marina, where they are required be law.
The Marina Laundromat is easy peasy ...drop clothes in washer ... came back latter and move em to the dryer...pick them up latter.
Requires quarters and soap.
If you travel solo-no dirty cloves. But, with two little pirates...and friends,who'd like to have fresh linen...once a week...and towels..hmm... washing it by hand at a nice cala at Balearic (Turkey,Greece,Croatia ) anywere at the Med isn't the best solution(while a dozen other cats & monos crew enjoy cristal water/beer/wine. To do it at marina - you have to get to marina, first and, pay for mooring $$$...wait your turn,spend your time.
Candy makes some good models washer+dryer. Good, means wash and dry good. 8 kilos wash / 5 kilos dry.Electricity - OK, wityh the genny.
The bad is, that it drinks like an elephant - I recorded up to 10 gallons per full,short cycle wash&dry. Still capable feed it with watermaker,but planning is required.
By the way, it was not easy to by - not distributed at every country. Not found in Spain. Freind bought in Latvia and got it delivered.
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I was surfing the net yesterday and found a new portable washing machine that is just about ready to hit the market. I am about to start a extended trip and really hate sitting in a marina watching a washer dryer. With most boats you have peculiar surcumstances such as fresh water and power. This product uses leg power and water added by a pail. The company is taking advance orders now. Their web site is YIREGO.
By the way, I've got a similar portable wash machine from the previous owner...called either MAGIC WASH,or similar. Not powered by leg,as Drummy, but by hand handle and rotating in 2 axis. Nether tried it. Will tdo with a 200x160cm sheet. Seems complicated to fed and spil the water
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Welcome to CF Bill O, great first contribution.

I just showed it to my partner of 12 years and we both like your solution.

What we like is that there is
No hook up.
We can do at Anchor
Light and portable
Can be stored in Locker
Speeds up air drying dramatically.

Do you know if they make a 220v version?
I looked this Spin Dryer up on their website. Sign up for the waiting list is your buying option.
Then I looked it up on Amazon. Same machine cheaper there for Amazon Prime. I ordered it.
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Maka,
The spin dryer that I gave the link is exactly what we have and has the best info. for the unit. Unfortunately it is back ordered on that site. The closest version on Amazon that I've seen is the Panda 3200 rpm in SS for the same price. Not certain how well the cheap SS casing will last in the marine environment.

Again we love it since we very rarely tie up to any marina, so the all round efficiency and relatively small size/capacity is key. More importantly the wife loves it!

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Maka,
The spin dryer that I gave the link is exactly what we have and has the best info. for the unit. Unfortunately it is back ordered on that site. The closest version on Amazon that I've seen is the Panda 3200 rpm in SS for the same price. Not certain how well the cheap SS casing will last in the marine environment.

Again we love it since we very rarely tie up to any marina, so the all round efficiency and relatively small size/capacity is key. More importantly the wife loves it!

Bill O.

Bill O,
The one I just bought on Amazon is by the same manufacturer as yours, The Laundry Alternative.
I got the next size up. "Mega Spin" 22 lb capacity, for $154.99 , I get it in two days. Cheaper than on the manufacturer web site you gave the link to. I was too impatient to sign up on the back order wait list ... and glad now I was. This one is bigger and cheaper than yours per the manufacturer website.
Thank you for the tip.

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Maka,
When you get your Mega take a close look at the specs. From the Laundry Alternative site, it appears that it is only a 1600 rpm spinner.

The 3200 rpm Panda is a slightly smaller cylinder OD than the Mega and still holds 22#. Just to proportion how much it can hold, an extra large capacity front load is ~20-22# of clothes, while a std. capacity top load is ~12#.

You're correct that our spinner has a smaller capacity (~14#), but is still more capacity than needed for our 5 gal. bucket/wash machine.

The Mega should work fine since it's still more than 2x of a normal wash machine.

Happy washing.

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