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Old 09-04-2020, 09:37 PM   #1
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Washer/Dryer Usage on Board

Shopping for a boat and trying to decide whether or not I want a washer/dryer. It seems like it would be very convenient. Do those of you who have them, use them on the Loop, or is this one of those things that just isn't practical?

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Old 09-04-2020, 09:58 PM   #2
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We've owned our boat 10 years. It has a combo washer/dryer unit that we've used exactly twice, both times just for the novelty. Don't waste your money or space on a washer/dryer.

But that's just my humble opinion.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:03 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. We would love to have one but donít have room for one in our current boat. We had one in a previous boat and loved it. My wife doesnít like hanging out in the laundry room in marinas. So we would happily make do with a smaller load and not have to do laundry in the marina. One thing to look at in the combo units is vented or ventless. Absolutely go with a vented unit, they work well if you load them properly. The ventless ones dry forever and still donít get the laundry dry. You have to pay attention to the load size because the washer drum and the dryer drum are one in the same so the dryer drum isnít larger as it is in home units. If you overload them there isnít room for air to circulate around the clothes so they donít dry. But if you load them properly they will dry very well. You just have to do smaller loads.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:22 PM   #4
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We lived aboard for 11+ years and have a stacked Kenmore washer/dryer. My wife did 99.9% of our laundry aboard...a handful of times she used marina laundry for blankets of something.
The washer/dryer was harder to replace on board - getting it to fit down the hallway and into the space than replacing the household refrigerator but it was well worth it.
For the first 5 yrs aboard, we were still working so the laundry needed done.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:39 PM   #5
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We have a washer/dryer combo. When we are cruising we use it all the time Gets pretty expensive doing laundry at a marina. Some folks also prefer their own washer/dryer.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:40 PM   #6
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Having a washer and a dryer aboard is infinitely better than using marina laundry's or whatever. If you seldom use the latter then having a washer on board may not be needed. But if you boat use runs to a week or more at a time then they are great to have.

Mine are what I guess would be termed apartment-sized units in US terminology, seperate & stacked. I would expect most boats up towards 50' and above will have them as there will be space somewhere for them.
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Old 09-04-2020, 10:44 PM   #7
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When we bought our boat the WD wasn't working, it's the first thing we replaced. We use it almost everyday. If you get a combo unit, the vented dryer works much better than the non-vented
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We have one, it is practical, we use it. Ours is a Splendide vented combo unit, and it operates a bit differently from the big conventional ones at home. You can’t toss in a bedspread and come back to clean and fluffy in an hour...this is a small unit and it is slow. As it turns out, we wear clothes that are a bit different on the boat, so the Splendide suits us fine. It is easy on power and water. Sometimes we use it just to dry bath towels to keep moisture out of the boat. We are not living aboard, but we do stay aboard for 20 days during vacation. On our last boat, it was a smelly laundry bag and hunting for functional machines along the way. We are not going back to that.

I think Alaskan Sea Duction has one - and they live aboard. He should be along soon with more advice.

Edit...he beat me to it.
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Old 09-04-2020, 11:09 PM   #9
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Vented dryer vs ventless. Ventless is like drying clothes with a light bulb.
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Old 09-04-2020, 11:27 PM   #10
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We’ve lived aboard for a decade, and 8 years on this boat with a Splendide vented washer/dryer.

We’ve done laundry onboard all this time, and wouldn’t be without it.
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Old 09-05-2020, 12:12 AM   #11
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We live aboard on the move full time and no marinas.
Have separate front loader washer dryer on ours
Use the washer weekly - never used the dryer
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If you liveaboard, a washer/dryer is just as necessary as the ones in your house. If you like hauling laundry and taking the time away, then don't get a boat with a washer.
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Old 09-05-2020, 05:20 AM   #13
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I think...


- A non-vented combo unit is barely better than nothing


- A vented combo unit is infinitely better than nothing


- Separate washer dryer (vented) is infinitely better than a combo unit.


And based on the practicalities of your boat, you do the best you can.
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Our combo unit died. Replaced it immediately. We live aboard.
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Old 09-05-2020, 06:51 AM   #15
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One important thing to me is boat size...(look at the boat size of the owners replying so far)


I have been living board for a total of 15 years aboard 3 different boats and always disliked having to find laundry facilities...but none of my boats had the room or specific space I was willing to give up for a W/D. Believe me ....I searched and measured my boats a lot to see if I could install a unit. I have even contemplated unusual units for washers that might work with using alternate drying options....but in the end decided not worth it.



Boats 40 feet and under, it's tough. Sure some can handle a unit...but then smaller boats don't carry a lot of water, so while cruising (when the W/D comes in real handy), you are probably being careful about water usage.


As to saving time...hit or miss. Big commercial washers in many places can do your laundry in a little more than an hour. Using a small onboard unit requires many more loads and your time attending to change out. At a marine laundry or close by one....doing something other than sitting in the laundry can be done...however many laundries or nearby buildings have WIFI so catching up on internet pastimes for that hour (and change) is not a bad use of time.


So while they are convenient (and believe me I have spent a lot of money on convenience things to have aboard... boat size and layout might be a determining factor too.
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Many opinions as usual. We have been liveaboards for five years. The boat came to us with a Slendide non-vented model installed on the aft deck. We used it several times on our maiden voyage from Florida back home to Maryland. One of the first choices we made when updating the boat was to throw away that working washer-dryer. Even if had been a vented model it would have seen the junk pile. Notice one commenter said wash is done every damn day. Why? Because loads are so small. Bedsheets, towels, blue jeans. Yeah, not very efficient. We did the Loop two years ago. Yes, using the marina laundries was inconvenient compared to a home laundry but not much less so than those tiny Splendides. Plus, on the Loop you will encounter plenty of layovers due to weather, boring days of rain and whatever. For example, we spent six days in Charlevoix waiting for rain and winds to subside on Lake Michigan. Nope, we do not miss having that Splendide aboard. We are, however, liking the additional space made available by tossing it. One last note, the washer uses fresh water, plenty of it if it is used daily so if you choose to anchor out a lot, you better have big fresh water tanks. Oh my, another compromise to hurdle.
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Old 09-05-2020, 07:25 AM   #17
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We have a full size washer and full size dryer in the lazarette.

It was near the top of our list when boat shopping.

When you cruise for three to six months of the year mostly on the hook you will find it invaluable.

Another thing we find invaluable is a trash compactor. When we bought Sonas Sian suggested we would never use it so swap it out for another galley locker. Are we glad we didn't. It gets used a couple of times a day. There is no recycling in the islands and we bring our recycling back. Crushing cans and other waste really helps keep the storage space required to minimum.
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It appears that in this case, size does matter.
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We have an apartment size Kenmore vented stacked W/D and it gets used constantly. We live aboard and have big water tanks as well as a water maker.
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Sure hope the guys with helicopters on deck would chime in....



Easier to get to laundromats that way.
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