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Old 27-06-2014, 22:51   #1
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How do you guys deal with laundry on board? I live in a tourist trap so all the local laundromats are overpriced. I actually picked up a manual washer for the boat, works great except for drying. Seems like no matter how long I leave the laundry hanging it will never fully dry. Not a huge surprise, wondering how others deal with this problem.
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Old 28-06-2014, 01:24   #2
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Wash the items before breakfast. I used to use buckets. You might have to do another rinse, unless you're using ammonia for washing.

Hang them out as early as possible, and bring them in before 1700. Works for me.

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So far with charter boats had to use laundromats. Never mind the price but not a fan of carrying my clothes around marinas and towns. For my own oneof build I have a place for a standard domestic washer dryer.
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I have a combo washer/dryer on board, a German Eumenia/Eudora unit which was part of the original build of my boat. It lives in its own cabinet under a pilot berth in my passage cabin/workshop, and can be operated off shore power, generator, or even inverter. It uses a lot of water, and has very small capacity compared to domestic units (especially when drying), but it's worth it.

Before this boat, finding a way to get clothes clean was always one of the biggest PITA's while cruising for me, time consuming and distracting. In my opinion, this is one of the most worthwhile conveniences to have on board for anyone who cruises long distance or spends a lot of time on board.
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Try some form of spin dryer (can Google it) - makes a huge difference. Some are just a bit bigger than a bucket. They centrifuge out the excess water to make line drying much quicker.

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Try some form of spin dryer (can Google it) - makes a huge difference. Some are just a bit bigger than a bucket. They centrifuge out the excess water to make line drying much quicker.

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+1. There are manual ones that are usually designed for vegetables in restaurants(about 5gal) and there are electric ones which spin at such high speed they get almost all the water out. And I've never used ammonia but I hear it works great and supposedly you don't have to rinse your clothes off after the wash
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How do you guys deal with laundry on board? I live in a tourist trap so all the local laundromats are overpriced. I actually picked up a manual washer for the boat, works great except for drying. Seems like no matter how long I leave the laundry hanging it will never fully dry. Not a huge surprise, wondering how others deal with this problem.


Hey Flying knight, Have you looked at these? sure you could pinch some water from a tap when your ashore.

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I have a Splendide ventless washer/dryer combo. Best purchase I ever made. Makes loving aboard really possible. The Ice maker is a close second!


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How do you guys deal with laundry on board? I live in a tourist trap so all the local laundromats are overpriced. ..............
I was curious about these costs. I am aware that most of the responses have been directly anwering your question about doing the laundry on board, but we are not satisfied with alotting space or water to this task aboard. When we are cruising we use far less clothing and we do often rinse some of our clothes and hang them to dry, but when we do accumulate laundry or if we are at a marina for some time, we're off to the laundromat. Most of our cruising ports are "tourist" areas, but we find a typical single load costs from about three or four dollars. Is the coin laundry cost much higher on the West Coast? 'just curious...
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Same as hudson force. We dont wear as much and what we do wear is easy to wash. Some things we wash while showering and hang on the lifelines. Some things we wash in a bucket. Eventually we do get a laundry bag full and go find a washer/dryer ashore.
And sometimes you get lucky. We woke up one morning in the exumas to find the dinghy full of water after a night long rainstorm. Instant laundromat!

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Re: Laundry

If it's drying that's the problem you need one of these.



Laundromats are expensive in the Bahamas and the water is cold and the dryers are slow. Easily more than twice the price of Miami. Luckily we don't wear a lot of clothes but there are the sheets and towels.
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I've found towels etc. to dry rather quickly if hung on the lifelines, towels being among the hardest to dry, is this not the norm?
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I've found towels etc. to dry rather quickly if hung on the lifelines, towels being among the hardest to dry, is this not the norm?

Depends a lot on the climate. In Miami, nothing is ever dry. In San Diago, it is hard to keep a damp rag on hand while working on projects.


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I've found towels etc. to dry rather quickly if hung on the lifelines, towels being among the hardest to dry, is this not the norm?
Matches my experience, but I found that bedsheets are the most difficult items to wash and dry on a boat because of their size.

Also, my clothes are made from quick-dry fabric, not cotton. Spendier, but worth it.
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Re: Laundry

I'm still trying to wrap my brain around where I can put one of these splendide machines on my boat as I'm convinced this is the way I'll end up going. Right now I'm not sure the best location. I tried out the "wonder wash" which is the american equivalent of the machine linked to above, paired with a wringer. Results were better but it just didn't get the clothes clean enough. I'm back at the laundromat... for now.

As for cost on the west coast, $5 per load in the washer plus $5+ to dry everything. I never walk out paying less than $30. Probably better at the larger ports of call as you can venture inland and find a neighborhood facility that's more reasonably priced.

Are you a liveaboard? If I was just pleasure cruising the weekend I wouldn't think twice about the cost, but at the end of the year I've bought a couple of the machines in the laundromat and paid for the entire water cost in the place. In addition I'm none too happy with what I'm paying for either. Not a lot of smiling faces in the laundromat. The "industrial" washers have tubs half the size of a home machine and driers can be a big flop leaving clothes moist after a couple hours.

If you're just coming out here to charter a boat though, don't give it a second thought. Use the laundromats and meet some locals.

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