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Old 25-07-2014, 14:31   #16
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Re: Washing Machine Onboard?

We had a small washer and dryer on board. The dryer ran on 110 and took forever to dry the clothes. We got rid of the dryer. I couldn't do without the washer. I hang the clothes out and they dry in no time.
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Old 26-07-2014, 20:04   #17
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Re: Washing Machine Onboard?

Whirlpool Duet full size washer. Great. Small 110v haier dryer. Works ok


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Old 28-07-2014, 14:21   #18
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Where is dumping gray water illegal? What boat has a holding tank for gray water??
Most Nordhavn's have gray water holding tanks (mine included).

The only local restrictions I am aware of on dumping gray water is the houseboats in Lake Union (Seattle), but I wouldn't be surprised if there are others.
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Old 02-08-2014, 05:37   #19
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Look at the laundry-alternative.com products. I have their MiniWash plus and Mini countertop spin dryer. Very cheap, very functional. 110vm but easily powered by an inverter. I love the products!
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Old 02-08-2014, 06:17   #20
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And what do you do with the "used" water?

Chuck it right into the marina or into the anchorage?

Illegal in most countries.

Most marinas do not have pump out facilities. Most boats do not have enough gray water volume either.

Ideas?

b.

I believe that in 2008 pleasure vessels were exempted from grey water discharge rules in US waters.....I haven't researched any other countries but it seems that generally the US is the most restrictive....

Boat US took the lead in the lobbying effort to get this issue resolved so as to exclude recreational craft from these regulations. This section of the Clean Boating Act is definitive:
This Act may be cited as the ``Clean Boating Act of 2008''.

"SEC. 2. DISCHARGES INCIDENTAL TO THE NORMAL OPERATION OF RECREATIONAL VESSELS.
Section 402 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1342) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(r) Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Recreational
Vessels.--No permit shall be required under this Act by the
Administrator (or a State, in the case of a permit program approved
under subsection (b)) for the discharge of any graywater, bilge water, in
cooling water, weather deck runoff, oil water separator effluent, or
effluent from properly functioning marine engines, or any other
discharge that is incidental to the normal operation of a vessel, if the
discharge is from a recreational vessel.''.
SEC. 3. DEFINITION.
Section 502 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C.
1362) is amended by adding at the end the following:
``(25) Recreational vessel.--
``(A) In general.--The term `recreational vessel'
means any vessel that is--
``(i) manufactured or used primarily for
pleasure; or
``(ii) leased, rented, or chartered to a
person for the pleasure of that person."

We have a washing machine that discharges overboard....we use low phosphate detergent, it works well and we line dry. Although if we are at our slip, the marina has a laundry room so that's the easier route.



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Old 02-08-2014, 06:59   #21
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I've installed and serviced a dozen or so Splendide models. My experience is that the ventless unit doesn't dry well and uses fresh water in it's condensation drying and water is usually at a premium. The vented model we have, the 2100WD, works very well. It can wash 12lbs of laundry but only dry lbs and that seems to be the problem many have (what seems like a full load will wash but not dry). We run small loads if using the drier (at a dock) or full loads and air dry in the lifelines. The failures we've seen have been very minor (loose wire, bellows worn after 10 years, etc. but overall very pleased as were almost everyone I know with the vented unit. Install does require a nice charlie noble but it's worth it to us.
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We have a companion twin tub camping machine and absolutely fantastic. Can wash 1 queen sheet at a time. If you want use salt water to wash and do fresh rinse. No detergent and drain overboard. Ok for couple washes and then need soap so off to where ever.


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Old 04-08-2014, 05:12   #23
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My boat came with a brand new washer/dryer combo. I ran it once to see how it worked before dismantling it to get it out through the anchor room hatch. The thing took over an hour to wash and 2 hours to dry a couple of bath towels.

If I ever do get far enough away from a laundromat to need on-board laundry facilities, I think I'll get a small household dryer and do the washing by hand.
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Old 04-08-2014, 06:46   #24
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I kept reading great reviews for this
1.0 Cu. Ft. Portable Washer | HLP21N
So we bought one, it has a setting 23 minutes for a load so you can get a lot done pretty quick. It works great and it's held up fine washing clothes for 3 people going on 3-4 years.
Got the same one - couple hundred bucks through Walmart online, shipped to nearest store. We have the room for it in the aft head, just bungy-corded to the bulkhead. Very happy with it.
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Re: Washing Machine Onboard?

Instructive thread and my take is....don't bother with the dryer!
I have the option to install a built in small under counter washing machine in the Pilot house.

Disclosure... I never do the laundry !

My questions are in terms of machine efficiency/reliability and the user's washing flexibility?

1...If you had a choice, would it be Top or Front loading? And why?

2...Which brand offers the best cycle and spin efficiency and users washing flexibility, while being of good value with simple reliability?

3....Are there any 24v machines out there to consider?
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Old 07-08-2014, 18:29   #26
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We love our new Panda....

Lot's of workout gear we used to do by hand, small loads are easy for us.

Water from hose on dock.

Very small amount of soap.

Clothes come out of spin dryer almost dry.

Set it on the dock when we sail 30 pounds total.

Two clean thumbs up

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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...3Apanda+washer

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Old 08-08-2014, 04:28   #27
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Re: Washing Machine Onboard?

I think the option of having a washer and/or dryer on board also depends on your location. Here in the South East, there's a good chance that the laundry you hang will get moldy before it gets dry, and an even better chance that the clothes you're wearing will get soaked by a squall before you can make it to cover. In this season, if I need to wash something, all I have to do is sprinkle it with detergent, lay it on the roof, and wait. Hence, my preference for a more efficient dryer than those you'll find in a combo machine.

This said, I've been told that front loaders are generally sturdier than top loaders, but you obviously need more butt room to access them.

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wondering how hanging the laundry does in the tropics? On the gulf I"m not sure if I hung stuff out it would ever be dry. I have no problem doing wash by hand with a plunger in a bucket but the getting it dry is a tuffy- any advice? I"m considering getting an old fashing ringer to use to get it as dry as possible before hanging it out. Has anyone tried this?
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Re: Washing Machine Onboard?

Hardest thing to dry as far as I know is a heavy cotton towel. I've had no problem at all drying those on the lifeline in the Panhandle of Fl.
But I'm from here not a transplant so I'm used to the humidity and think Neetlej may be exaggerating a little
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Of course a wringer will work just as a washboard will too. People have been washing clothes down here even before the invention of dryers. Get jus a little bit away from the Richer part of Fl and you'll see clothes lines are still pretty common
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