Our boat came with a vented Splendide that has now been in routine use [for 2] for 15 years. In that time, the drier heating
element was replaced.
The previous owners had to dismantle the new unit, cut the chassis in half and re-assemble/reinforce the chassis in place in order to get it on our monohull
sailboat. [Thank you Jack and Susan!]
When looking for our current
boat, the Admiral wasn't convinced a washer dryer was anything more than a luxury. Having had one on a previous boat BA [Before Admiral] I had my own opinion. Now we will never have a boat without one.
I think this decision is influenced a lot by lifestyle choices and where you intend to cruise
. We will soon be on the boat full time [we are in the process of selling a house...] and plan to continue our decades of exploring Alaska
for the time being. Freeze drying laundry in winter is undesirable [but works...] and facilities are often weeks, if not months apart given our cruising itineraries and penchant for isolated areas.
We also prefer to stay remote
and independent for as long as possible, and a washer dryer helps promote that lifestyle.
We often hang laundry inside the boat to finish drying after the very fast spin cycle. Our very efficient, small, compressor-less dehumidifier also has a clothes dry setting that works great. 30 mins and a full load is dry, with no new moisture introduced into the boat. [It only consumes 630 watts @ 110VAC on that setting, so easily runs on our inverter as well...]
Our Splendide runs just fine on our sine wave inverter [we don't run the dry cycle on the inverter to save the batteries. Also it didn't work with the modified sine wave (i.e., square wave) inverter the boat came with...]
Our 12 GPH water maker easily keeps up with our our needs running once a week. We often plan washing that requires drying when running the 10kw generator
just to add some load to the genny...
The washing cycles are very efficient. The vented dryer works, but is far less efficient I think partially due to the small drums volume and relatively large loads we run. [In my previous experience, ventless drying is even less efficient- when you can get it to work at all...]
If you have the room and can justify the convenience, the decision is as easy as it is when you are living in a house... Of course, if one usually had access to laundry facilities and/or services...
Best wishes deciding what is ideal for you.