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Old 04-12-2019, 09:44   #31
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Re: Washing machines

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Hi Mike,

I've recently bought a mini too. I'm curious where does yours drain to? As I understand it they are gravity drain only, and mounted low in a hull doesn't leave much space for any drainage above the waterline.
i'm interested to hear as well - I assume this washer is a 220 - we're still looking for a very small 110 washer - no luck so far....

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Old 04-12-2019, 11:21   #32
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Re: Washing machines

What I did is drill a hole in the floor to take the drain pipe down into the bilge. Then i made one of those sump pump boxes (contains an electric pump and a float switch) and this outlet I took to my wash basin outlet. I put a T piece on the wash basin outlet and a one way return valve on the washing machine side pipe.

As the washing machine opens the drain the water runs into the sump box and as it rises the electric bulge pump in the box turns on and it pumps the water outside the boat.

I dont have a picture of the box but it's much like this commercial version

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Re: Washing machines

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thanks all...appreciate the input

as we cannot fit any domestic washers (due to must fit under a shelf) here in the land of Oz, seeing only 3 possibilities ;

camec 4kg front loader (intended for RV)
daewoo 2 (3?)kg front loader
generic 5kg twin tub ex ebay

the first 2 are over A$1000 whereas the last is around A$100. obviously you get what you pay for however think we'll get the twin tub and see how it goes. for the price, if it's a dud there's nothing much lost - and it gives us a better idea of the ins & outs of having the washing machine onboard

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Sounds like a good decision to me. We've known a number of Aussies with twin tub washers on boats, and they hold up okay, do the laundry. Not a big expense or challenge.

Fwiw, I like the smell of sun dried clothes. For me, it's a special treat, so I was surprised that Zanshin doesn't care for it.

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Old 04-12-2019, 13:08   #34
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Re: Washing machines

Ah I know those. That's how I might have to do it since my machine is down in a hull.

Looking at the machine with the cover off I notice it has something called a drain motor? I'm guessing that is just a servo then rather than a pump? I have the MKII version of the machine.
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Old 04-12-2019, 15:30   #35
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Re: Washing machines

we pump into a bucket using one of these

bit tedious but...

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