Originally Posted by pas63
Hello all, I lived on my boat for 12ish years up till 2018, always in a marina. I am back on my boat with the opportunity to start cruising and working remote
. Marinas have their up's and downs. One luxury is a laundry room in walking distance. No need to sit there for a couple hours each week. What do those of you do that are not in marinas? Clothes are one thing, easy enough to deal with, but bedding?
I think it really depends on where you are, what is available, and what is allowed. For many years, we only even hung the clothes in the rigging. We added a spinnaker
sheet for a clothesline, so the sheets
and towels were all in the air, and jeans, too, because the better the air circulation, the quicker the drying. Short stuff went on the lifelines. I washed in a series of buckets, starting with the least dirty stuff first, and using the last rinse water to wash the new batch. I really like the crispness and smell of sun dried clothes and bedding. It works best if you soak them at least 15 min before agitating them, to loosen the dirt; and I used a plunger, like Mike. Out in the South Seas, sometimes you can go do the wash with the women
who are also washing in streams.
, towels, and jeans by hand is a lot of work
. I'd wrap it around the pulpit and twist the heck out of it. The better you wring it out, the less rinsing, and the quicker they dry. Then, if you don't like crisp towels, hang them so that it is folded over the line, then the insides soften and fluff each other up a bit. Hang jeans with more clothes pegs, and with the waist open, not folded over the line, so the doubled areas can get dry. Towels never stay crisp long.
Some places do not allow you to dry clothing
on boats; then you have to find a laundromat, and wash and dry in designated locations. Usually, excepted are life jackets, foul weather jackets and pants, and the odd shower
towel. Underpants and jockstraps and bras are the "worst" offenders. Doesn't matter if your foulies are personal to you, they are allowed, but not items of a "personal" nature. It's a funny
old world. It will be part of the marina rules, and they will be able to tell you where the laundromats are. Some don't have it on their website, but they have no change machines, so you have to go to a bank for change before you go to the laundrymat. Can be an aggravation.
If you don't stay there with your laundry, sometimes people will take it out of the dryer, whether or not it is dry, and dump it on a table. When you come back, you may have to wait to finish its drying till a dryer becomes available. I learned to stay with it and to visit with the people.