Dave, what fits one persons values does not necessarily fit with anothers. We have sailed with various washing
machines for years and really value the convenience that they offer. We once had a remarkable Itaian washing
machine; all plastic, and 12v. It was excellent and could just manage a double duvet cover. It was supplemented by a small 230v spin drier and between them it made wash day such an easier task. We also has an LPG powered clothes iron (still have it). Yes, we could have done the washing by hand but when we had the means to make life easier it was a logical process.
HOWEVER; when you have six on board (we have four children) laundry
day becomes a massive chore - and a wash machine becomes a necessity unless you are willing to turn people into laundry
slaves. Washing clothing
is one thing, but bedding for six is another matter. We then upgraded to a twin tub washing machine which frankly was just a larger combined version of what we already had. It was just more convenient and being mains powered we could run it via our invertor. Later, after we got ourselves a watermaker
, we upgraded to a full automatic domestic washing machine. Yes, it is bulky and water
hungry, but it improves our quality of life and it also runs via an invertor (we dont/never had have a diesel
gen set nor air conditioning). We instead place reliance on solar panels
and also have a 2kw Honda generator
as a back up or for running the mini Karcher pressure washer etc. The Honda
is very rarely run - more an exercise in keeping it healthy.
It is often over looked that many postings are based on the USA / Caribbean
where laundromats are more common. In many parts
of the world this does not exist. It also doesnt recognise the costs or the schlepp of getting washing to a laundry facility. We were comfortable not having to pay US$10 per bag to have our laundry washed that our buddy boats were paying and having to dinghy
to shore and find someone to do it, the wait until the next day and the second dinghy
trip to collect, and then having $30-40 of clean dry laundry sat in the dinghy trying to ensure it didnt get a salt water
splash despite being bagged.
Our next washing machine shall be a top loader automatic, most likely an LG, as they weigh less and are 'safer' and easier to operate. Front loaders tend to have counter weights in the base which, on our Bosch washing machine, was a large heavy lump of concrete.
If you can find the space, have enough solar
power and a watermaker
, then an automatic wash machine makes a lot of sense. Otherwise, even a small twin tub unit can work and actually save you water
by allowing you to spin out more of the soap and use less rinse water.
Aussie friends of ours keep their twin tub under the forepeak berth and simply flop back the mattress to access it and run the hoses from the adjacent head
- so it can work on a monohull
Originally Posted by Dave22q
I guess it takes all kinds but the idea of wasting space and power on a washer or drier is strange to me. Between wash and wear clothing
, soap in a bucket, and sun drying I think most boaters are fully equipped. Of course many marinas
offer on site laundromats for a better wash job and bed
linens. Laundry room on board? how about a hot tub or pool table?