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Old 16-08-2012, 15:09   #61
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Bahamas - Marsh Harbour - free to dock dink, ~$4/load
West Palm Beach, Riveria Marina, was $5/day to dock dink, think it may be $10 now, ~$3.50/load
Titusville Marina, I think was same as Rivera
Stuart, dink dock in park is free, laundry is next door to publix 1/4 mile down the street, I think was ~$3.50/load
Miami, free dink dock, laundry place is about a mile away, but I didn't use it.

If its about cost, I would go without the watermaker, if its about convenience then maybe, but they are expensive, need power, and have a reputation for needing regular maintenance.
Don't forget you can get water for free the old fashion way: clean your decks before it rains using salt water, wait for it to rain a few minutes to wash off the salt residue, then open your water tank fill ports. You may have have to channel the water or plug deck drains, and I use a porous clean cloth stuck in the fill port to filter out debris.
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Thank you! This specific info helps my numbers oriented mind wrap around this topic. I think we have decided to try cruising without a water maker first as we'll be in the Carib for a good while before heading into the Pacific.

I'm thinking bathing suits and small quick dry material mostly in the warm climates.
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It costs next to nothing since: a) you can row the dink, b) you can use a 2hp outboard (or an electric outboard), c) you can drop the laundry at the launderette and use the 30 or 40 minutes to do some shopping/emailing,etc..

Washing machines use quite a lot of water and your gray water tank would fill up pretty fast. Then what do you do with all this soap/powder loaded ballast? Illegal to dump in most countries and indeed very nasty to all marine creatures.

One load laundry in our marina costs 10 USD, a watermaker and a washing machine would cost us some 4000 USD. So we can wash 400 times before we actually balance the plain cost of the equipment. Let alone maintenance, parts, weight and energy!

Small items can be washed by hand anyways.

Simplify your cruising kit, use launderettes whenever available.

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continuing that thread, assume 20 loads per year (every 18 days), that's 20 years of laundry...and that's an expensive load at $10, more reasonable marinas are less than $5, so make that 40 years.
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One load laundry in our marina costs 10 USD, a watermaker and a washing machine would cost us some 4000 USD
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continuing that thread, assume 20 loads per year (every 18 days), that's 20 years of laundry...and that's an expensive load at $10, more reasonable marinas are less than $5, so make that 40 years.
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Using the laundry services where you drop it dirty & collect it clean... Priceless!!
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One load laundry in our marina costs 10 USD, a watermaker and a washing machine would cost us some 4000 USD. So we can wash 400 times before we actually balance the plain cost of the equipment. Let alone maintenance, parts, weight and energy!


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This works if you are staying in a marina anyway, but if you are going into a marina just to do your wash the the cost per load goes up very fast. We just took a mooring ball up here in Maine to get to use the marina washing machines. Did two loads for $10 + $50 for the mooring or $30/load. We could have tied up to the dock for $3.00/ft or $132+$10 for the dock and it would have been $66/load. At that rate an onboard washing machine works out a little better.
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In many out of the way places potable water is just not readily available and can be very expensive.
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This works if you are staying in a marina anyway, but if you are going into a marina just to do your wash the the cost per load goes up very fast. We just took a mooring ball up here in Maine to get to use the marina washing machines. Did two loads for $10 + $50 for the mooring or $30/load. We could have tied up to the dock for $3.00/ft or $132+$10 for the dock and it would have been $66/load. At that rate an onboard washing machine works out a little better.
What will you do with the used, chemicals loaded water? Is it legal to dump in your country? Are there pump out facilities onshore and do you have a holding/grey tank big enough to collect the washing machine outlet water?

Is it OK (emotionally, morally, ecologically) to dump it? What about the eco-footprint and future cost of conservation?

We often turn a blind eye to externalized costs. Too bad as our kids/future generations will pay - in tax, health, or both.

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