Originally Posted by Tom and Maje
We have a Panda washer/dryer. It doesn't get clothes totally dry, but less than 30 minutes on the lines gets everything dry. It's 32 lbs, 110v, and doesn't take much energy or water. It will do a set of queen size sheets at a time.
Hi Maje and thanks....seems You have the type of machine I think of. I just wanna help my girlfriend and we will not have space available for a Splendide.
The guys here donīt get
Itīs not only the space for the machine. With a front loader You also need the space to open the machine and with 145 LBS this machine is too heavy to carry around on a small boat
With a front loading machine like a Splendide that also requieres all the headaches of a fixed installation
...plumbing, freshwater,greywater, electricity, and venting.... yeah and maintaining.....$$$$$
With boats under 45 feet this is a real challenge....Yeah and a big headache.
Of course we go to marinas
and there is a laundromat but I donīt want to have to go to a marina because my sheets are dirty and the berth is smelling like a fish
They say the laundromat is cheaper. Yeah look at this thread and all the tech mambo jambo
.... NO WONDER the laundromat is cheaper
Yeah, but now comes the other part the BOYS donīt wanna talk about
So the only other choice would be hand washing
I like the practical approach of those machines and I see a lot of easy solutions for the mentioned problems
But most of all it opens up the door for many cruisers to have a washing
machine on board. It cost only some 100-200 $ and life will get so much sweeter on board.
After all carrying the dirty laundery to the marina and sitting in front of the stupid machine is also a job.
With a washing
machine on board there will be always fresh cloth and clean sheets. It does not cost a lot of money
and work. I think maybe with 2-3 loads a week the issue is resolved.... ainīt that sweet compared to handwashing
The Panda washer spinner looks perfectly fine for me. It has all the important functions of a washing machine and the final drying after spinning seems not a real problem to me
I am no expert and I also donīt pretent to be an expert. I donīt like to hear about washing cloths and sheets but somebody on board has to take care of the problem because....
I LOVE GOOD SMELLING SHEETS
Mmmm Yeah.... AND MY GIRLFRIEND TOO
Maje, please tell me. Do You stash the machine away in a remote
place when You donīt use it. I think 32 Lbs is not a big problem. I think also the dirty laundery can be stashed away there till laundery day. It wonīt smell for only a few days.
A set of queens size sheets at the time. That sounds reasonable to me.
Of course You might like more capacity but living on a boat requieres compromises.
I though I ask the ladies.....I am sure You prefere this machine instead of washing by hand and listening to the tech mambo jambo about Splendides of the boys....am I right ?
We plan on a small cat and everything so far is very sweet and cosy on board but the dirty cloths and sheets are still a problem and we thought that is a valid solution. Yeah 2 extra berths on a Catamaran
. We canīt change it and by design there is no choice for that space or I have to do mayor boat works that I donīt want. We were thinking of buying
an owners version like Lagoon 380
but even here itīs the same problem. On a monohull
itīs different but even there is not really a space for it. With a center cockpit
again I have a berth I donīt need. We are just a cruising couple trying to have as much living space posible and using the space as efficient as posible without mayor changes to the boat.... and to live comfortable and that requires a view things we donīt want to miss.
We donīt need a 3 bedroom flat.... only a sweet and cosy nest. We want to have a nice space to attend our guests and when it happens that somebody stays for the night than we will change the saloon
area wich has more than plenty of space.
Maje, I would very be greatful if You could tell me a little how You handle the machine....
Are You washing on deck
or down below ?
What are You doing when You are obligated to use the capacity of the greywater tank ?
Is it legal
to dump the dirty water overboard
if certain ECO detergents are used ?
Do You have a special installation
or do You just use portable hoses and extension cords?
With the 110 volts I guess it needs a little tought...at least a special fuse protection.. What are You using ???
Another thing I worry a little... we use an inverter
and when the machine cranks it needs more inverter
Do You also use an inverter or do You have a generator
on board ?
We only plan on a little Honda
Gen for emergency
. We donīt like the noise
of a generator
Yes sorry, I did not want to bother You with the tech stuff, but there are a few things to consider.....
Unfortunatly till now I can not find answers in this thread....???
Hahaha Yeah, the boys are so busy talking about the toys.
Have a good day..Thxs