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Old 05-03-2015, 09:05 AM   #1
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Washing machine on a boat

I have been searching for that "perfect" boat for a year now. We have decided to spend the first year of our retirement living aboard on the east coast. We are in the 35 - 42 range right now. Leaning more toward the 40 ft. range. About 1/3 of the boats we see have a washer/dryer combo onboard. Either way, with or without, is not a deal breaker for me. I was just wondering. Where does the water come from and where does the water drain? I can figure out that the water comes from the tank, so would need to have a good supply of fresh water. I'm sure it doesn't just drain overboard! Is there a grey water tank?
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It goes overboard and comes from your water tank you will need a good supply of water
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Mr. 613. I don't know of any vessel (limited knowledge here) with a gray water tank. As far as I know, there are no areas in North America that require this. All gray water goes over the side (dishwater, showers, washers). Water is supplied either by a shore hose or from on board tanks. If one has limited on board water storage I suspect clothes washing either would be limited to those times one was hooked up to shore water or done in a bucket. The other option, of course, is cruise a la "Commando" (not recommended in certain areas)....Sorry gang, no images available-trust me, it's for the good of the nation.
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The Splendide units use 11 gallons (US) for each load on regular wash.
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If you live in a area that requires clothing, a washing machine with good drying ability is a valuable feature. The small combination units wash well but dry poorly. Hauling your laundry to a from a laundromat is a pain in the A.
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We have a combo unit on our boat and have only used it once because we have not done any long distance cruises....yet.

The unit does a good job of washing but as Scary said, they don't do well with drying. I bought a lightweight, collapsible drying rack to aid in that. The plan is to wash the clothes then hang them on the drying rack until they're almost dry, then put them back in for a short dry cycle to remove wrinkles.
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You mean there really are boats w washing machines?

Any broom closets?
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You mean there really are boats w washing machines?

Any broom closets?

Yes and yes. At least ours does.
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You betchya,, we've got a Kenmore stacker on board. My wife uses it all the time, me not so much.
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Yes and yes like Mr. O. Actually 2 broom closets one of which we use for sheet music for the grand piano (baby, NOT full size). I suspect Mr. O keeps his collection of deck shoes in his....
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Gray water rules are comming, I was recently in Marco Island Esplanade Marina Marco Island Florida Rules and Regulations
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Yes and yes like Mr. O. Actually 2 broom closets one of which we use for sheet music for the grand piano (baby, NOT full size). I suspect Mr. O keeps his collection of deck shoes in his....

The multiple closets around das boat.
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I suspect Mr. O keeps his collection of deck shoes in his....
You mean "my" deck shoes!
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Just when I thought he'd forget!
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Baby grand...


Mr. hm. Whoa, whoa...the only pairs of deck shoes I see in Mr. O's pictures are a tan pair (pic #3) and a black pair (pic #4). Weren't yours pink? Hmmm...no evidence in Mr. O's pictures I'd say unless they were under the towel in pic #1...
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The only thing under that towel is white Formica! I promise!
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I just installed the Splendide 2100XC and the Admiral loves it. She says it does a good job at cleaning small loads. The reason we installed one is the high cost of laundry facilities in BC and the convenience of having a unit onboard.

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I just installed the Splendide 2100XC and the Admiral loves it. She says it does a good job at cleaning small loads. The reason we installed one is the high cost of laundry facilities in BC and the convenience of having a unit onboard.

How well does it dry? We're in the throes of replacing our old Splendide combo (vented) that came with the boat and is probably original, i.e., 20 years old. It made no attempt to dry, was making very scary noises, and at some point in the wash cycle would try to shake the boat apart. But not bad for a 20 year old machine methinks. The new 2100XC is about to be installed and hopefully will do a reasonable job of drying. And washing of course.
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How well does it dry? We're in the throes of replacing our old Splendide combo (vented) that came with the boat and is probably original, i.e., 20 years old. It made no attempt to dry, was making very scary noises, and at some point in the wash cycle would try to shake the boat apart. But not bad for a 20 year old machine methinks. The new 2100XC is about to be installed and hopefully will do a reasonable job of drying. And washing of course.
Admiral says it does a good job, but take a little longer due to 110ac versus 220ac. We also got a "vented" model due to the feedback here on TF.
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Alaskan touches on a point I've heard others mention. The dryers come in both vented, and non vented models. From what i've heard the vented ones do a much better job of drying.

We have both a washer and separate dryer. Both run on 220 and we use them all the time. Very convenient to do all the laundry en route.

Our boat also came with an ironing board....now that is a waste of space.
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