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Old 17-01-2015, 07:57   #16
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Re: Dishwashers aboard ... Seriously?

Hmm...

Water(as in soaking), does wonders.

What if someone built a box(plastic?), with relatively soft rubber spikes(inside), that would hold plates, cups and such inside.

A box(about 1 cubic foot), into which cold, hot, warm water could be added, then plugged to keep from leaking.

Then an apparatus that could/would allow turning from time to time to ensure EVERYTHING, gets equally wet with water(or water and some sort of soap)...

That, after sitting for a while, can now be "drained", through the plug, and additionally through a screen, into a water receptacle(to be dumped), or into a thru-hull.

Then add a "rinsing water into the unit and repeat the process ....

Then after draining the rinse water, one would/should/could have, at the least, relatively clean dishes, enough such that with very little water(maybe from a spray bottle and a cloth, finalize the cleaning.

Could something like this be relatively small, use very little water and end up with dishes clean enough to eat from again?

Or does the result need to be "sparkling" clean, with no "spots", and clean enough to do a heart operation on?

What is the needed end-result?
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Old 17-01-2015, 08:02   #17
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Re: Dishwashers aboard

I think it's a matter of scale along the axes of space, energy, water, and complexity.

If you're boat is big enough to fit a dishwasher somewhere, and not have it be a ridiculous waste of space compared to other purposes that the space could be used for, then you probably have the energy and water dimensions covered pretty handily, and your boat is complex enough in other ways that adding a dishwasher is just a drop in the bucket.

I'd love to have dishwasher onboard. I'd also like to have a home theatre and pool table so maybe when I get around to adding those, I'll take care of the dishwater problem.
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Re: Dishwashers aboard

Oh, you guys are just hilarious. Not.

We have a 30' mono now that is used for coastal cruising, so I'm quite familiar with the concept of washing dishes by hand with a pittance of water.

We are going to move up to a 40-45' cat and cruise full time. We will have a watermaker and the space for a small dishwasher, if we choose to install one.

Think I'll go to the multi forum with my question as there might be somebody there who has actually thought this through.

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lots of boats around with a dishwasher, do a search for units for boats and get one if that is what you want
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Good Lord. Forget I even asked. I'm unsubscribing to this thread.

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Bummer, I was so looking forward to trying to help her out.


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pick a member of your crew to be the dishwasher. get a propane on demand water heater. done.
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Good Lord. Forget I even asked. I'm unsubscribing to this thread.

I don't know what set you off, maybe you are expecting someone to tell you something you want to hear. I don't think you are long here.
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Re: Dishwashers aboard

Now ... wait a minute ...

I must have misunderstood the situation.

I assume(you know what they say about that), that anyone on a truly BIG boat ... this wouldn't be an issue, and most certainly, for some people, a dishwasher would be nice(not for me). The idea of using less water is nice too.

So again, given my assumption, I garnered that many boater's with boats not really all that big(like 30' to maybe 35' or so), who don't have the on-board facilities that the more huge, more large, more gigantic, interiors and extra space doing almost nothing, who would like a dishwasher, don't have the space and infrastructure(within the boat) to have a "normal" dishwasher.

My "imagination", came up with something akin to those hand-cranked washing machines, which take up little space and no infrastructure(such as always available power, water and such.

Personally, I only cook what I will eat and cook more "liquidy", soups(like chicken/turkey soups. I also "re-use"(gastly), the pan from a same day meal of soup or raviola as the pan for the next meal ... WITHOUT washing, as long as the tastes of the first meal won't interrupt the taste of the second meal.

Often, I make aluminum foil shapes on the outside of my cook pan, the force-feed it into the pan for those meals(like beans and such), that just don't mix good with the next meal.

For utensils, I use good plastic ones and clean them while I eat, the simply wipe them off(paper towel), and I'm ready for the next meal.

If the dishwasher is important, put one in ... if you don't have space, use you imagination to figure something less viable, but still worthwhile.

There's not way I'd ever use what I described, because I have other ways to get around the need, using NO WATER.
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I suggest just licking everything clean .

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Re: Dishwashers aboard

We have drilled a small hole in each of our plates bowls and cutlery.. we then long line them out the back and let Neptune wash ours. It saves any arguments and produces 5 mins of amusement until we bring them back in.
No space for a dish washer on our boat. :-D

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Re: Dishwashers aboard

wow ... that's one heck of a thought ... yep ... keep it simple

And if "germs", were and issue, clean the dishes with alcohol ... maybe a clean rag with just a little Ouzo to clean the dishes biologically.
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Re: Dishwashers aboard

I think this is what the OP wanted to know.. http://www.energyrating.gov.au/wp-co...ar-ratings.pdf

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Power Consumption of Dishwashers | Off-grid Dishwashing

so between .4 and 1 kW/h per cycle depending on how you use it and what you buy.....

Oh... the OP has left the building? Maybe gone off to do her own research......
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Re: Dishwashers aboard

Holy crap, 8 gallons of water to wash a load of dishes! We clean first in seawater and then rinse in fresh with a spray head on the sink faucet that is pretty miserly with water. I'd be surprised if we use a gallon of fresh water per load.

I used to run a boat in charter that had a dishwasher, we never used it because charter base manager did not want to deal with maintainig it...it was strictly for the owner's use and his maintenance problem.
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