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Old 21-04-2017, 20:39   #1
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The users manual says "RECOMMENDATION - The washing machine shall not work while you are sailing".

Seems a bit impractical on an ocean crossing!

Is there any good reason for this?

Do others use the washing machine underway? Any precautions?

My Lagoon has the Siemens IQ300 7KG washer-dryer installed.
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Contact Siemen's. There must be some reason they'll give you if you talk to their tech staff (not sales people). Then you evaluate the reason for nonsense factor, or work-around.

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Old 21-04-2017, 21:17   #3
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The users manual says "RECOMMENDATION - The washing machine shall not work while you are sailing".

Seems a bit impractical on an ocean crossing!

Is there any good reason for this?

Do others use the washing machine underway? Any precautions?

My Lagoon has the Siemens IQ300 7KG washer-dryer installed.
It's probably sensor/mechanical related. I have a Sharp ES-TG55L, but it's a top-loader, not a front-loader like your Siemens. Beyond the obvious mechanical problems associated with a "balanced" laundry device, this is the new age of technology. Todays machines aren't the machines of old. For example, the Siemens IQ300 supposedly has some sensors, i.e. "The clever 3-D sensor system ensures that the drum always contains the optimum amount of water, depending on the load size and type of fabric ...".

Thus, you might experience some mechanical/sensor problems due to boat movement that will just shut down the machine, or some other problem. Broken parts? Who knows? In the end, the best way to investigate anything is to "try it".
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Old 21-04-2017, 23:49   #4
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Re: Running washing machine underway

Is this a normal domestic machine?

We have a bosch. I think the issue maybe that the drums are heavily weighted (there is a large lump of suspended concrete). Most machines have a means of locking the drum during transit.


The concern is avoiding a large pendulumn mass swinging around in a sea which places the bearings, seals and frame under loads they were not designed for.


In reality i often dont lock hours and it has proved fine but the ip doesnt often slam or pitch much. I have never used it at sea, but i am guessing in gentle coditions it would be fine.
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Old 22-04-2017, 14:45   #5
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Re: Running washing machine underway

Never had a problem using our front loader while coastal cruising but we wouldn't fire it up in rough conditions.
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Never had a problem using our front loader while coastal cruising but we wouldn't fire it up in rough conditions.
Neither have we.

Perhaps PortClydeMe is correct that the machine is sensitive to movement. If so, it is a poor choice for installation in a boat.

Bear in mind the Lagoon Owner's Manuals are conservative documents, recommending that all sea cocks are closed when underway. This recommendation is not conducive to using washing machines at sea. Perhaps this is the sole reason?
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Old 22-04-2017, 15:16   #7
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Your washing machine, is not to be operational under sail ?????.

Time to bless us with a little humor.

Our washing machine is generally able to wash at all hours, but it selects its own good time. I, the captain, have no say as to when that is.

It never puts an extra load on the electrical system, nor is there any problem with plumbing intakes , pumps , or outlets, or parts overheating, hoses clogging, or any mechanical malfunctions.

In fact there is no manual, nor sales person, or corporate customer service rep.

In tropical areas, the wash load is light, and the drying equipment are clothes pins on the life line.

However, I do have to treat it kindly, appreciate its effort and fix it a tall rum drink and share sunsets and good times with it.

It is named Erica, and the damensions are a fit 5"6", and 130 pounds, and comes with blonde hair. This Erica also stands helm watches, trims sails, navigates, cooks, keeps the skipper squared away, and likes to party.

Actually, Erica replaces smart phones, Ipads, B pods, and electronic devices and it is wired to carry on conversations in human speak.

This Erica is a one time prototype, made in the U.S.A., so others are on their own for obtaining a similar model.

Frankly, I am not sure what would happen to my person if I were to attempt to tell my Erica that I was replacing her with a Speed Queen .

All in all, others have some practical suggestions, and hope that the OP, is successful in sorting out the underway washing restrictions.

Fair winds and happy cruising.
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How much does a new model "Erica" run for these days?
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We don't use ours while underway or in rocky anchorages.
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Quote: The users manual says "RECOMMENDATION - The washing machine shall not work while you are sailing".

We have run our washing machine while sailing, so far no ill effects.

Is this in the Lagoon Vessel manual or the washing machine instructions?
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In the end, the best way to investigate anything is to "try it".
I guess I could pee on an electric fence, but perhaps just reading the instructions would do.
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Is this in the Lagoon Vessel manual or the washing machine instructions?
Lagoon manual.

Thanks all for the responses. I have heard the Erica style washing machine can be very expensive to maintain and even more expensive to dispose of.
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I guess I could pee on an electric fence, but perhaps just reading the instructions would do.
I suppose you could, as long as you can endure some shock.

As mentioned above, there's multiple methods that can be used to answer the OP's question. If you're a true 'Down-East Yankee', like me, you don't need to spend hours reading the manual. One method is to wait for a day when there are 3- to 5-foot seas. Choppy! Uncomfortable! Then, cast off, get outside the harbor, and start a load of laundry. Then sail around for a while. You will know within 30-60 minutes if all is OK. That's what I'd do. OP hasn't started "the crossing" yet.

Or, you could just pee on an electric fence. Whatever trips your trigger. Maybe have your better half pee on the fence, while you take notes.
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Never had a problem using our front loader while coastal cruising but we wouldn't fire it up in rough conditions.
Ditto. Calm conditions only and no heeling. No problems.
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Ditto. Calm conditions only and no heeling. No problems.
No heeling? Mon dieu! You do realise that this is the Lagoon catamaran part of the forum?
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