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I just want to be clear that my experience with them is second hand knowledge. I have always tried to point that out. So you may be perfectly happy with it. As I said, cost not an object or space, I would have one!

But for $55 bucks, kinda hard to go wrong with the wonderwash too. If you don't like it, toss it off to another cruiser.

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Friends of ours sailing a sister ship to ours that are sitting out hurricane season in Trinidad purchased a Little Wonder and report they have been very happy with it. According to them, using only a modest amount of soap and very hot water--a tea kettle's worth from the galley--makes a big difference in terms of cleaning. A hand cranked wringer also comes in handy. Our approach has always been a bit more rudimentary. A black plastic trash bag with a few pounds of dirty clothes, and a gallon or two soapy water, left out in the sun and flopped over and squeezed a few times for several hours seems to get things pretty clean and the water, dumped on the foredeck as the bag is emptied, allows one to give that a scrub as well. We rinse the clothes with our anchor wash-down hose, and then rinse the clothes in a bucket or two of fresh water. Towels are the hardest things to get cleaned and rinsed but with the amount of rain we generally have in Florida during the season, rinsing isn't that much of a problem. We long ago got into using dark blue towels as the dark colors seem to dry relatively more quickly than white and they can be stretched over our Navy Blue sail cover and are pretty much are invisible so that the ship doesn't look like an escapee from the Hooligan Navy.

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Or you could do what Cary Grant did in "Charade"...



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We have a Splendide and find it very useful. The unvented model does not dry cotton well, but does fine with synthetics. However, it needs 110v and the drying mode actually uses water in the unvented model. With no hot air vent, it heats the drum, creates condensation by cooling the outside and rinsing it away.

It's best to just wash and spin, which at worst comes out better than hand wringing. We run the washer about once per week when cruising, but would need to do so much more if living aboard full time. We do so, when running the generator anyway. Washing sans drying takes 30 to 45 mins, no fuss, no muss.
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Friends of ours sailing a sister ship to ours that are sitting out hurricane season in Trinidad purchased a Little Wonder and report they have been very happy with it. According to them, using only a modest amount of soap and very hot water--a tea kettle's worth from the galley--makes a big difference in terms of cleaning. A hand cranked wringer also comes in handy. Our approach has always been a bit more rudimentary. A black plastic trash bag with a few pounds of dirty clothes, and a gallon or two soapy water, left out in the sun and flopped over and squeezed a few times for several hours seems to get things pretty clean and the water, dumped on the foredeck as the bag is emptied, allows one to give that a scrub as well. We rinse the clothes with our anchor wash-down hose, and then rinse the clothes in a bucket or two of fresh water. Towels are the hardest things to get cleaned and rinsed but with the amount of rain we generally have in Florida during the season, rinsing isn't that much of a problem. We long ago got into using dark blue towels as the dark colors seem to dry relatively more quickly than white and they can be stretched over our Navy Blue sail cover and are pretty much are invisible so that the ship doesn't look like an escapee from the Hooligan Navy.

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Not sure if I was clear, but I have (and use) the Wonder Wash. I do not have a Splendide.

Minne - good feedback there.

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Not sure if I was clear, but I have (and use) the Wonder Wash. I do not have a Splendide.

Minne - good feedback there.

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Brian--Our pals aboard Ocean Angel have the same laundry ball as you, which they refer to as the "Little Wonder". Perhaps in should be written "little Wonder [Wash]". We haven't gotten one as, these days, on our travels, periodic stops at reciprocal yacht clubs commonly gives us access to inexpensive washers and dryers and, when not, the black trash bag trick seems to work reasonably well save for towels.

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Brian--Our pals aboard Ocean Angel have the same laundry ball as you, which they refer to as the "Little Wonder". Perhaps in should be written "little Wonder [Wash]". We haven't gotten one as, these days, on our travels, periodic stops at reciprocal yacht clubs commonly gives us access to inexpensive washers and dryers and, when not, the black trash bag trick seems to work reasonably well save for towels.
No worries. Tell you what, next time you are out, come by and we will let you give it a try (with our clothes of course). Hehe. Just kidding.

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Actually, we seem have solved the towel laundry problem.

I got two shamwow's and sewed them together. They make a great towel and dry practically instantly.


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The easiest thing is to open a pack of new socks and throw the dirty ones in the trash. j/k!

Where does everyone store their dirty clothes ?

What are you pretending not to know ?

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...Where does everyone store their dirty clothes ?
Great question. I'm interested to hear full time liveaboard answers. I use a medium sized soft duffle, essentially ready to grab and go do the laundry at any time. Trouble is, no good place to hide the duffle. It just gets shuffled around in our stateroom.

When necessary to do sheets, you just do laundry (ashore) immediately. Way too big to squirrel away.


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