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Old 04-14-2018, 12:08 PM   #1
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washer/dryer installation

The vented washer/dryer combo on our 44' Gulf Star shot craps. Apparently the boat had been built around the washer as it took a sawsall to get it out. Width is the problem as machine must pass through a gangway that is narrow. The smallest replacements we can find on the market today are a Splendid at 33 1/8 H, 23 1/2 W, 22 5/8 D and Deco at 22 D 33.5 H, 23.6 W both of which are likely too large to install. Anyone aware of a smaller model or some other solution short of forgetting washing clothes aboard or dismantling the boat?
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Old 04-14-2018, 01:10 PM   #2
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Jim I will follow closely as I will soon have this issue I have stacked unit that was built in the washer is shot. not a high priority but with in a few months
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Maybe call Splendide and see if you can take the washer apart enough to make it fit through the opening.
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Worth a try. Thanks.
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How big is the rough opening for the forward hatch?

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No problem getting machine inside cabin via mid-entry and into salon. But must then move through 20' wide companionway and into locker where space and hookups are available.
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How about a couple of pictures?

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Following Admiral says washer/dryer is a must before we leave on the loop. And we haven't settled on a boat yet
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Following Admiral says washer/dryer is a must before we leave on the loop. And we haven't settled on a boat yet
I can not stand going to the marina laundry and my admiral refuses to
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Not a good solution, but Haier makes a portable washer that is 20/19" wide. Also if you are desperate you might check the European market where the combos are universal. They might have a 120v model which they ship to Trinidad or the Virgins or other 120 volt markets.
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This is what I am considering. I heard it takes a long time to dry, but where do I have to be??? https://www.compactappliance.com/mag.../MCSCWD20.html
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We have had the vented Splendide combos in a previous boat and have one in our RV. We love it, however I would not have one of the ventless ones. The ventless ones use condensation and spinning to dry the clothes. You end up using a lot more water because they spray cold water on the drum and extract the water out of the clothes by condensation. They take a longer time to dry, if they do really dry and use much more water as a result. I would bite the bullit and find a way to vent the unit. They work very well IF you do not overload the washer since the dryer drum is the same drum. In most home units the dryer drum is larger than the washer so air can circulate through the wet clothes. If you overload the unit air canít flow through the wet clothes so they donít dry. You have to do smaller loads than a regular washer and dryer but you donít have to carry the clothes up the dock and sit and wait on them. Besides I donít really like to use laundromat units that much.
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Unless absolutely necessary do not go with a ventless dryer. Most of the complaints about these combo units come from people dissatisfied with thee ventless dryer aspect.

I believe the biggest selling brand of the combo units in the United States is Splendide. We have have had one on and off for 19 years and have been very satisfied.
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Living over here we have only the ventless (condensing) driers and they really suck. The only thing worse is the combo washer drier.

On a previous boat of mine the unit would not fit through the closet doorway either without removing all the trim molding. A big pain but at least no sawzall was needed.
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Thanks Marty! I am trying to refigure my plan now...
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Some great suggestions guys this thread is going to be very helpful for replacing our over under (the washer is shot) wish I was on the boat now and could get the measurements
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Thanks for all the input and suggestions so far but can locate no Haier (or any other brand) under than 22D 23+W. Regarding possible partial disassembly and reassembly in place Splendide spokesperson says can't be done and any attempt would likely void all warranties. Looks like option is big metal tub and washboard or be happy to have more storage space.
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Or change the location?
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Might be possible and certainly something to consider. Thanks.
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Thanks for all the input and suggestions so far but can locate no Haier (or any other brand) under than 22D 23+W. Regarding possible partial disassembly and reassembly in place Splendide spokesperson says can't be done and any attempt would likely void all warranties. Looks like option is big metal tub and washboard or be happy to have more storage space.
Have you thought about bringing in a ship's carpenter for an estimate? Find a yard with a good carpenter and get an estimate. Sometimes tasks we see as labor intensive may be much easier and reasonable priced by a professional.

My parents bought a couch for their living room that absolutely couldn't be worked though an interior door. Someone suggested removing a window that over looked the porch and passing it in that way. It took the carpenter less than 2 hours to remove the window, have the couch inserted, and reinstall the window. A little touch up painting was required, but that was it.

Sometimes it pays to seek professional help.

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