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Old 03-13-2019, 11:38 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with Yirego Drumi foot-powered washing machine? It will wash only small loads, but may be useful when traveling to remote anchorages, etc.
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Better ask your mate for she might be the one pedaling LOL
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I'm sure you could make your admiral very happy giving that to her on her birthday or maybe your anniversary. Seriously though, it would seem that someone should be able to rig a 12 VDC motor to that and plug it in or run it off a solar panel.

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The first widespread use of small gasoline motors was for clothes washing machines.
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Does anyone have experience with Yirego Drumi foot-powered washing machine? It will wash only small loads, but may be useful when traveling to remote anchorages, etc.
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My Grandmother had a gas powered washing machine. It as started with a foot pedal much like a motorcycle. As a small boy, I can remember being fascinated by this machine. Then civilization came to that area, and Grandma bought an electric powered version.

A manual powered washer would be even worse. If Uncleg's Significant Other is reading this, PM me, and I will send you the name of a good divorce lawyer.
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Now hold on gang. This may be just the answer for this thread (exercise)! Managing Type 2 Diabetes aboard
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My Grandmother had a gas powered washing machine. It as started with a foot pedal much like a motorcycle. As a small boy, I can remember being fascinated by this machine. Then civilization came to that area, and Grandma bought an electric powered version.

A manual powered washer would be even worse. If Uncleg's Significant Other is reading this, PM me, and I will send you the name of a good divorce lawyer.
I recall my dad having an old gas engine for a washing machine. It never did work.
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Now hold on gang. This may be just the answer for this thread (exercise)! Managing Type 2 Diabetes aboard
You are correct Firefly. I didn't think of this. Might be a substitute for a gym membership too.
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Does anyone have experience with Yirego Drumi foot-powered washing machine? It will wash only small loads, but may be useful when traveling to remote anchorages, etc.
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Hey, I like the idea of this.
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Foot power is not the issue. I'm fine with exercise. Just wondering how effective the Yirego actually is as a washing machine. Does it adequately clean clothes?
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Until I saw the price, I thought the real question would be about whether the thing can actually stand up to pedal action over time.

OTOH, Amazon says $359. Amazon also has a similar "Wonderwash" for $48. (I didn't look closer at the latter for features, etc. Amazon shows several other similar items, too, all for less $$$.)

Looks like in the Drumi demo video, she put in a total of one sweater. I'd think that'd make it OK for a small load of underwear, maybe a couple T-shirts, etc. Not a bad way to get through until the next real laundromat -- or laundry facilities at a marina -- hoves into view.

OTOH, for that kind of scratch I can probably slosh stuff around by hand in the galley sink easily enough instead... even if a "spin dry" would be useful.

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I've tried a couple of these types of machines (the Wonderwasher and the Avanti). They do soak the clothes and sort of wash them, but the big thing that is missing compared to what you are used to at home is the spin cycle. The clothes come out of these dripping, soaking wet. You can wring them but they will still take a very long time to dry. Modern horizontals spin at 1400 rpm (even a Spendide) and this has two beneficial effects: the rinse is more water efficient (less soapy water in the clothes when you start rinsing) and they dry much faster.

Rather than spend the $350 on that, I think you'd better off spending half that on a spin dryer. These will run from an inverter or genset easily, and will save far more labor and time (and water). Use a bucket and plunger for washing.
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Clean clothes are so overrated...In remote anchorages, clothes are overrated.


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Clean clothes are so overrated...In remote anchorages, clothes are overrated.


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If your a roughie toughie get a string bag, put your clothes in it, tie it on a rope and hang it overboard overnight. (works for peeling potatoes too)Recover your clothes, rinse in fresh water and hang to dry. You MAY still be married next year.
Alternatively buy a 4KG Candy washing machine, an inverter and you'll STILL be married next year.
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Thanks. all,
I'm going with a 5 gallon bucket and adapted plunger to wash/rinse: a commercial salad spinner to spin dry. KISS!
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Does anyone have experience with Yirego Drumi foot-powered washing machine? It will wash only small loads, but may be useful when traveling to remote anchorages, etc.
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If you ever tow a dinghy, you can do laundry by putting it in the dinghy, adding a bit of water and soap, and 20 miles later the clothes will be as clean as if you ran them through a wash.
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