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Old 06-12-2009, 09:50   #1
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Wonder Wash (Sputnik NK3)

Has anyone had any experience using the Wonder Wash pro or con? It looks like it might be helpful if its not a scam.
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Old 06-12-2009, 11:19   #2
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One of the local SSCA members actually did a demo of a Wonder Wash at one of our Tampa Bay breakfasts a few months ago. She was impressed with how it handled her first loads and thought others in the group might benefit by seeing one. We thought it might be suitable for some of our needs, especially in the hot/humid weather where we often cruise, to keep up with the t-shirts, shorts, underwear and such...so we bought one to experiment with. ($40 as I recall; hard to terribly disappointed at that price). The trial washes we did turned out very well and it earned a place aboard.

Now...a couple of things to consider:
-- part of what makes it effective (or not) is the use of warm/hot water during the wash cycle as that helps to draw the soapy water through the material as the unit is tumbled and the temp drops; we would expect less cleaning if using cold water
-- it scoots around while being turned if on a typical boat surface - gelcoated GRP, varnished sole and such. We think it needs a non-skid pad under it in use
-- it's all plastic so not terribly robust; ours found a home underneath the main cabin table; all the bits have to be stowed elsewhere to avoid a large, irregular shape

We carry relatively small, light weight towels for use while cruising because they are quicker to dry (and so avoid smelling foul for longer) and because washing them is easier with a bucket & plumber's helper. They are probably the limit of what we'd try to put in a Wonder Wash. Sheets, jeans, bulky sweaters, normal bath towels - all those look to be a bit of a challenge to get clean in this unit's little tumbler.

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Old 07-12-2009, 09:55   #3
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We did have one but after three seasons mostly on the hook decided it wasn't worth the undoubted storage hassle and hot water effort. Now, in summer when at anchor most of the time, we have four strategies

(1) not wearing very much/being grubby/carrying lots of light clothes! (ie not much washing)
(2) handwashing (including in bucket with plumber's helper, and occasionally streaming over the side, but usually just in a basin)
(3) if we have power, we use our small electric washer which can cope with up to one duvet cover but struggles with the weight of a big towel or a thicker jumper. It will wash well with cold water unlike the wonder wash. And it's a manageable shape, being a cube with a slightly bigger interior volume than the WW
(4) about once every six weeks we find a laundrette and do a big wash. These are quite expensive at Med prices (much higher than in the UK, don't know about US). We have once paid for a service wash, when newly arrived in Spain, and nearly passed out at the price.

This system has now worked for us for two seasons and is easier to manage than the WW, which we parted with.

YMMV
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If you have a look at our blog you will see the washing machine we use with a spin dryer we have used these 2 for 10 years and have been very pleased with them.

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