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Old 01-26-2016, 09:00 AM   #21
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I had a stacked unit for years but one of the mechanical "isolators" broke on the washer base and it made major noise. Ultimately took it out about 5 years ago and replaced with a Splendide. I was happy with the stacked unit; but now, I appreciate even more the added space with the Splendide vented unit. Load capacity is less with the Splendide but also less water use and a lot quieter.

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Old 01-26-2016, 09:11 AM   #22
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Wife said our stacked unit is better than our home units. Being able to wash stuff as needed removes one more PITA from boating. No roughing it for us any more, all the comforts of home. Much better to sit on the aft deck while close wash than in some cruddy laundromat.
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:13 AM   #23
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Our "new to us" American Tug has a Splendid unvented combo. The first couple tries were not very promising but we have learned that patience and reading the manual can pay off. The last couple loads went very well. Even the towels were fairly dry although it took a "LONG" time. The boss seems to like it so I am happy.

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Old 01-26-2016, 03:09 PM   #24
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Like others here we installed the 110V Splendide vented about last year. As we will be cruising the Inside passage this summer, we didn't want to have to pull into town to do laundry. As stated, it does have limitations. We are trying to figure out how to just run the dryer without having to go through a wash cycle again....So far the Admiral likes it.
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Old 01-26-2016, 03:28 PM   #25
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Like others here we installed the 110V Splendide vented about last year. As we will be cruising the Inside passage this summer, we didn't want to have to pull into town to do laundry. As stated, it does have limitations. We are trying to figure out how to just run the dryer without having to go through a wash cycle again....So far the Admiral likes it.
With ours, a WD2100XC, you just put the cycle selector on 5, 10, or 13; those are dry only cycles and stand out on the selector as they have non coloured backgrounds.
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With ours, a WD2100XC, you just put the cycle selector on 5, 10, or 13; those are dry only cycles and stand out on the selector as they have non coloured backgrounds.
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Old 01-26-2016, 07:30 PM   #27
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We loved ours! We had an older Splendide (labeled Karibe) combo washer/warmer. As it was the non-vented type, it did not actually "dry" clothes, but it made them "drier". As liveaboards with a 5-yr old child (she was two when we moved aboard), we NEEDED to be able to wash clothes fairly frequently. So the unit was well used, typically weekly, until it died right before we left last summer for the Broughtons.

As much as we wanted a new combo from Splendide, the space for the washer will not accommodate the deeper vented models (even the shallowest units would stick out over stairs about 3.5 inches). And as we were leaving on a two-month trip the following week and did not want to be without the ability to at least wash clothes, my wife found a portable Panda RV washer/dryer online for about a tenth the price - and a quarter of the weight. With a smaller overall footprint it has done the job just fine, though it's more labor intensive in that it doesn't automatically run through the various cycles (you have to physically fill the wash tub and fill it again for rinse, and manually switch to drain which it does semi-automatically). And the dryer is one of those high-speed spinners, but the clothes actually come out drier than they did with the old unit.

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With the new unit as with the old one, we dry clothes one of two ways. During the winter here in Port Ludlow, we wash all the clothes (multiple loads) and dry them in the marina's laundry room. It's a huge commercial dryer that drys everything all at once. In the summer when we're out cruising/working, we hang the clothes on the aft deck and never have to come ashore for laundry.

Long story short, we think having a washer/dryer on board, especially for long-term cruising or livingaboard, is essential. For now, we will keep using the Panda washer until such time as we figure out how to shoe-horn in a new Splendide...
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Old 01-26-2016, 10:46 PM   #28
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"For now, we will keep using the Panda washer until such time as we figure out how to shoe-horn in a new Splendide..."

We have the vented combo Splendide. The unit fits snugly in a locker, the back of which is the wall in an adjoining state room. The venting is in the state room, under a vanity/desk top, then through a locker to the outside. The vent tube is enclosed/boxed in so it is protected from being kicked under the vanity. Good use of space I think.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:54 AM   #29
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The beauty of the stacked units is that you can be washing a new load while the first one is drying. Such as when doing bulky items like sheets and towels, or colors and whites. Coupled with the faster drying time, cuts way down on laundry day time requirement. It would be really tough for us to have a Splendide and do the kind of cruising, swimming and beachcombing we enjoyed and have the delight of clean sheets and towels and plenty of clean clothes to choose from.

To add a little more sinful creature comfort, having a steam iron and ironing board were also great. It always blew guest's away to find crisp ironed linens on their berths, not to mention the dining table. As I have said before, we're pleasure boaters, in that order!

We always use one of the "eco" detergents, usually with a dash of OxyClean powder. Almost no suds over the side or soap scum on the hull, never an issue with a marina or harbor master.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:15 PM   #30
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Thanks everyone for your comments. Will probably go with the vented Splendide as we had one of those in our 5th wheel and seem to work good other than the small load size. Now to figure out the best place to install it on the boat.

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Old 01-28-2016, 01:40 PM   #31
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Our ex hire boat Broom 42 had 3 toilet/showers when we bought her.
First mate decreed that one of the rear toilets was removed, in it's place we fitted a Candy 4KG washing machine and used the shower mixer unit to regulate the w/machine water intake temperature to save using the w/machines inbuilt electric heating element . We have a 4KW inverter, when cruising, the engine supplies hot water and electricity via the inverter and a foldable drier on the upper deck takes care of the drying.
When hooked up to shore power of course everything works off that.
The waste water pipe is routed to the wash hand basin outlet that discharges underwater.
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Old 01-28-2016, 02:13 PM   #32
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We have 240v washer and vented dryer. Absolutely love to pull into town with all the laundry done. They hold smaller loads than home units but its not an issue.
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We have 240v washer and vented dryer. Absolutely love to pull into town with all the laundry done. They hold smaller loads than home units but its not an issue.
You're 100% right about that. It's a great thing to do when underway, though we avoided it in any kind of seaway.
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You're 100% right about that. It's a great thing to do when underway, though we avoided it in any kind of seaway.
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We have 240v washer and vented dryer. Absolutely love to pull into town with all the laundry done. They hold smaller loads than home units but its not an issue.
Why 240v in a 110v country?
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Greetings,
Mr. BK. Most of the household appliances in North America with the exception of higher wattage items are 110/120V. Electric stoves and clothes dryers are usually 220/240V due to higher current demands (I think).
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Why 240v in a 110v country?
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110v is the usual power on North American boats. 220v can be the output from our generators and is usually the normal shore power. North American 220v is totally different from European (Australian?) 220v in that it is made up of two legs of 110v. Thus power from our generators and shore power is split into the separate legs of 110v for most appliances.

Wiring can be done so that a single or a couple of outlets remain 220v for certain appliances. Thus a boat can have outlets for both power levels.

The downside of a 220v appliances for a North American boat is that few of our boat have 220v inverters so to use a 220v appliance you need shore power or run the generator. With a dryer that is usually the case anyway.

110v dryers take a long time to dry, whereas the 220v units are similar to home units.
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Mr. BK. Most of the household appliances in North America with the exception of higher wattage items are 110/120V. Electric stoves and clothes dryers are usually 220/240V due to higher current demands (I think).
When you increase voltage by doubling it, you cut the current needed in half, So smaller wires needed with higher voltage. It is more efficient. And for driers you do have more total wattage power available with higher volts. Volts times current = wattage power.
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240 volt inverters are available, but something like an oven or clothes dryer is going to suck down any battery bank fast. Makes much more sense to run the generator, and good for the generator too. We organized our days at anchor or on a mooring (we lived full time on moorings or at anchor several months a year) so that wattage intensive activities like laundry, dishwashing (we had a fullsize GE dishwasher), baking, ironing were grouped together around the same time as the batteries needed charging.. morning and evening. Worked out great.Trying to do those on an inverter, even with a massive bank, you'd be turning on the genset sooner or later anyway.
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And at anchor I tend to wear nighties -- from a distance they look like dresses. With a wrap around skirt on the helm chair I can be "presentable" at a moment's notice.
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