Originally Posted by carlylelk
We're looking for a liveaboard
and are considering whether we want a washer/dryer combo. It seems to me that often a thing sounds good on the surface, but real-life is different. I'm set on having a generator
, so that's not an issue. Plus, we're older and we don't want to make this into primitive camping.
What's been your experience? If you have one, do you still use it? Are they delicate and break down easily?
I was raised as a sailor in England
and crusty Yachtmaster instructors taught me that things like watermakers and washing
machines were for wimps or for Americans
. I went on to cross the Atlantic without watermaker
machine or engine
for that matter. I was happy because I did not know better but did not have the guts to bring my wife along for a 3,000 mile passage
in those conditions.
Years later I ended up sailing many thousands of miles on boats with (vented) Splendide WD2100XC washer dryers. they never failed. My wife came along for a 3,000 mile passage
and was happy as a clam; I am sure this nifty gizmo made a difference. The only problem is that we find it difficult to adjust to our little boat without such a gadget!
Just make sure you test that at the genset loads that will be experienced when running the washer, the combination of genset, battery charger
will produce an AC waveform that does not make the washer-dryer go crazy. I saw a boat with such a problem and was a bit annoying until they came up with a filter to correct the problem.