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Old 30-06-2010, 21:12   #1
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Clothes Washer

I was going to make something similar to this. It would have likely had vanes swirled around the outside of a 5 gallon pail.
I came upon this today and bought one. It's quite heavy duty (built to mix concrete) and should last for a good long time dragging/spinning behind the boat to wash clothes. Search with keyword(s): Odjob - Rona.ca
It measures 12.5" in diameter and stands 18" high. $32.00 Canadian.

Of course I'll have to make some sort of harness for it.

Anyway, thought I'd pass it along and see what you thought.

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Not sure how it would work for mixing concrete, but it looks like a good clothes washer.

Sailors are weird that way.
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Old 30-06-2010, 22:06   #3
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After talking with several boat owners, we just purchased a Wonder Washer. It can be found at WONDER WASHER from Get Organized

We haven't tried ours yet but others were talking about it with the fervor of an old time revivalist preacher. It's hard to imagine that you could build one for much less than $60 if your time has any value at all.

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$60 for a 2 gallon pail with a stirrer in the bottom? A 2 gallon pail is that small one you use around the house. You could possibly get one change of underwear clothing into the thing and use 2 gallon for wash and another 2 gallons or more for rinse. The two things on a crusing boat in perpetual short supply are fresh water and electricity. So an ordinary 2 gallon pail and a plunger would do the same size washing load more economically. But then in most all harbors in North America, Caribbean, C. America and S. America there are full size laundry machines and services available at reasonable rates.
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Sounds and looks like a great alternative!! I had several friends that did the old tow your clothes off the side of the boat thing. Does it really work and they stated that it really made their clothes REALLY white!! Can anyone confirm this?? Or is this just an old wives tale that they were spreading??
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Tried the link.

OK. How does a Yank get his hands on one? Tried to Google to see who/where. Nada
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We have always used a plastic five gallon bucket, and I was always the washing machine, and rinsing machine on board Exit Only. It worked well for us, and the bucket could be used for other things as well.
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We have always used a plastic five gallon bucket, and I was always the washing machine, and rinsing machine on board Exit Only. It worked well for us, and the bucket could be used for other things as well.
If it's on a boat, it has to have multiple jobs. I have two milk crates that are instant dock steps, dinghy seats, and in-water containers. We bought a "baby bath" that's sort of a nice (plastic) bucket that I'm already eyeballing for other things than just keeping our daughter clean.
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It's quite heavy duty (built to mix concrete) .
I think you should only use something for its designed purpose. Perhaps thowing in a bit of cement with each wash......... and the sand from your clothes.....


Oh, and $85 for the swiveling shackle.....


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I came across this site last week

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And start yet another stone wash revival


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I think you should only use something for its designed purpose. Perhaps thowing in a bit of cement with each wash......... and the sand from your clothes.....


Oh, and $85 for the swiveling shackle.....


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Well, all I can say is that I have an automatic washing machine. needs little power, reasonably reliable, makes only a small amount of noise (OK I'm fibbing on the noise!) Eco friendly (it can't catch fish!) and has 2 cycles: washing and wringing...




This one is a good model... it comes with a smile
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Tried the link.

OK. How does a Yank get his hands on one? Tried to Google to see who/where. Nada
Scepter Consumer - ODJOB Mixer
These are the guys that make them (Canadian). Perhaps if you email them they could tell you of a US distributor??
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If it's on a boat, it has to have multiple jobs. I have two milk crates that are instant dock steps, dinghy seats, and in-water containers. We bought a "baby bath" that's sort of a nice (plastic) bucket that I'm already eyeballing for other things than just keeping our daughter clean.
I absolutely agree it has to be multi-use. I'm thinking with it being black, it may heat water well. It is only slightly larger then a 5 gal pail and so will work for that. I'm hopeful that I can adapt one of those 5 gal pail wet/dry vacuums to it also.
We'll see.....

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Tried the link.

OK. How does a Yank get his hands on one? Tried to Google to see who/where. Nada
Menards looks like they should have it?? ??
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Good luck and I hope you find it. I know I had my eye out for something like this for a long time!

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They're available through Amazon:
Amazon.com: OdJob™ Concrete Mixer: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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