We have a dishwasher, but only because we bought our boat after it was kitted out. We spent our first summer cruising last year, an I never considered using it. I am a girl who likes her conveniences, but for all the reasons stated by others, don't feel deprived by hand washing
I can't recall
the draw, but know it's material.
One othe thought- it takes up precious galley
space. For this reason, we use our dw as storage
for unopened breads, chips...
I hope this helps...