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Old 05-10-2017, 04:50 PM   #1
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This must be an obvious question, but how does everyone go about washing their clothes when they liveaboard. Is it a big hassle? I've always wondered
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:54 PM   #2
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Old 05-10-2017, 04:55 PM   #3
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Most Krogen 42s have a washing machine on board. On Bay Pelican we are at anchor so it is a question of power and water. Since we have a 110 v washing machine we are able to run it off the inverter. A load takes an hour so we frequently start 30 minutes before we are otherwise going to run the generator and then run the generator for the last 30 minutes of the wash.

Since we have been in the Eastern Caribbean we have have not regularly used the dryer portion. Clothes which are hanged in the pilot are dry very quickly.
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Laundromat because on my 40 Albin, no real good place for a machine....

Plus, scheduling a marina with decent laundry facilities every 7 to 10 days is no big deal on the Atlantic ICW.

At home marina, use a great laundromat about 5 miles away.
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We have a Splendide vented combo unit, and it's bee chugging along and doing our clothes for the past 5 years.
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W/D on board. Run from a generator if away from the dock.
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Vented Splendide washer drier on my boat. Works extremely well! An overnight stop at a marina is automatically laundry day. Will also run it off the generator. 11 gallons of water per load is the other requirement.

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We too have a Splendide washer/dryer although ours is the much criticized non vented type. It is awesome! Not sure why people complain about them as ours is simply awesome!
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Standard household Simpson front loader.
Solar puts in more power than the machine uses.
Have 4 lines full width off of shade structure on top deck for drying.
Double peg to prevent things blowing away.
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Old 05-11-2017, 08:29 PM   #11
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I'm married I don't need a washing machine
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We too have a Splendide washer/dryer although ours is the much criticized non vented type. It is awesome! Not sure why people complain about them as ours is simply awesome!
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We also have the much hated non vented Splendi.

Great machine! Washes great and dries good enough.
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Old 05-11-2017, 09:26 PM   #13
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I find non-vented combo units better than nothing, vented combo units better than non-vented combos, and separate units better than combos. But you can't always get (or fit) what you want, so we use whatever works.
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W/D on board. Run from a generator if away from the dock.
Same here.
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We had a non-vented Splendide-type WD. We actually loved it but referred to it as a Washer/Warmer as it never fully dried clothes, but it did make them nice and warm!. Ran off the generator. It finally stopped working so we ended up putting in a portable Panda washer with a hi-speed spinner/dryer. Very labor intensive! Not automatic like real washing machines. But better than not having one, especially with a 6-yr old onboard. Went with the portable unit as a vented Splendide will not fit, since they are about 4 inches deeper, which would stick out into our aft stairwell. Someday we'll reconfigure stuff in the engine room and install a vented WD.
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Old 05-12-2017, 02:25 AM   #17
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I think that answers your question that there are multiple ways to do it. Larger boats have regular washers and dryers, mid sized boats often have combo units. I do prefer Miele's Combo units to Splendide simply because they do more volume of laundry in the same time. However, the Splendide are very popular and for a couple of people can handle the volume. Then many boaters, even of larger boats, prefer not to deal with washing and drying on board as in the areas most of us cruise, washers and dryers are a regular feature of marinas.

Of all the live aboard challenges, I'd say laundry is one of the least problems to be faced.
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I think that answers your question that there are multiple ways to do it. Larger boats have regular washers and dryers, mid sized boats often have combo units. I do prefer Miele's Combo units to Splendide simply because they do more volume of laundry in the same time. However, the Splendide are very popular and for a couple of people can handle the volume. Then many boaters, even of larger boats, prefer not to deal with washing and drying on board as in the areas most of us cruise, washers and dryers are a regular feature of marinas.

Of all the live aboard challenges, I'd say laundry is one of the least problems to be faced.
Obviously, you have never hauled 10 days of laundry up a 35' slimy ladder in a place like St Andrews or even just up the hill in Northeast Harbor.
I am so happy to have the washer/dryer on our boat, mostly as our cruising is typically not dock to dock.
One of the other revelations we had with our first washer was the fact that you simply need fewer clothes. No longer must I plan for 10 days between washings with backup reserves!
Loving it!
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Obviously, you have never hauled 10 days of laundry up a 35' slimy ladder in a place like St Andrews or even just up the hill in Northeast Harbor.
I am so happy to have the washer/dryer on our boat, mostly as our cruising is typically not dock to dock.
One of the other revelations we had with our first washer was the fact that you simply need fewer clothes. No longer must I plan for 10 days between washings with backup reserves!
Loving it!
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Well, I'm happy to have washer and dryer too, but those with different cruising styles are often happy without. Solution on a boat of any size is to have on board.
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With our combo Splendide we have only one appliance. Thus we have an 12 cubic feet of storage space that would otherwise be used by the dryer. In this space we have built two cabinets. One above the washer and one below. In these we are able to store all of our cleaning supplies both for the boat and the clothes..
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