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Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

Actually, never mind. It just crossed my mind that while this might not be a hardship for livaboards that don't cruise, washing laundry while away from port would be a significant chore.
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Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

When I was a kid in the U.S. Navy, we washed out whites by dragging them on a line behind the ship while at sea. After about 30 minutes they were spotless and looked great. Then they were wrung out by hand, and rinsed in freshwater in the sink, wrung again, and hung on the lifeline with tie strings that went through the belt loops. Yeah, once in a while you lost a pair of trousers, but it was rare.

Unfortunately, the water in Chesapeake Bay and most of the ICW is too dirty to wash your clothes with, especially if the item is white. But, if you're 2 to 3 miles offshore and headed south, just drag those clothes behind the boat for 30 minutes, then rinse them in the galley sink - no wash machine necessary. When soap and water agitation was needed, we used a 5-gallon plastic bucket, clean salt water and dawn dish detergent. The agitator was an ordinary toilet plunger (plumber's friend) - it worked great. This was followed by a saltwater rinse, then a freshwater rinse in the galley sink.

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..................... washing laundry while away from port would be a significant chore.
We don't have much difficulty with laundry while cruising. We don't wear as much underway,- swimsuit-shorts & t-shirt..... bed sheets come out in the rain. We do much cleaning in a good rain!
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This one unit washes and dries:

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However, it can use more water to dry than wash, as it heats the unit to create condensation and then washes it overboard. They make a vented model that is better, if you are able to figure out how to vent. Drying doesn't work well on this one, takes a ton of 110v power and water. If one can, its best to wash, spin well and hang dry. We use ours while cruising, but try to limit ourselves to quick dry synthetics. Cotton towels and sheets are nearly futile and we just wait to get to a marina for those and bring spares.
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With teak cockpit floors, if it's liquid and red, its banned. If it's greasy, its banned. If you're not sure, its banned.
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With teak cockpit floors, if it's liquid and red, its banned. If it's greasy, its banned. If you're not sure, its banned.
Wait, are you saying no steak, burgers or red wine in the cockpit?
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Wait, are you saying no steak, burgers or red wine in the cockpit?
Not until the skipper is liquored up and doesn't care. Everything has an antidote.
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OK, so here's a really naive question. Is there a size of boat at which an apartment-size washer/dryer (the little units with washer on bottom and dryer on top) becomes viable? Or do they generate too much heat, or too much grey water? Obviously I'm referring to a boat that is in a marina slip with shore power.

I've always had a dream of living on a boat, but realize that it will probably never happen. (Still I can dream.) For my wife, the thought of having to walk to use shoreside facilities makes it a non-starter, and using coin-operated laundry facilities would not be to her liking. Short showers on the boat would work for her (as we learned while chartering), but the laundry thing has no viable option unless there was something we could install on a large enough boat.
Clearly, you have too many clothes

When we were both still working full time and living aboard, we just dropped off our clothes once a week and picked them up washed, fluffed and folded. We found it a very practical solution. Now that we have more time on our hands (And fewer clothes) we do our own laundry ashore. It can be a great social activity.

Come to think of it, in Honolulu we know two enterprising live-aboard teenagers who would pick up your laundry from your boat, and return it washed, dried and folded (For a small fee of course)
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Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

At Fort Myers Beach in SW Florida there used to be a combination bar and laundromat next to a dinghy dock. I hope it's still there,- we haven't cruised there in a few years.
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Re: Musings of a Live Aboard

FWIW, my wife once went into a laundromat and found someone who had gotten his sneakers all wet and muddy in the rain. He took his shoes (mud and all), threw them in the dryer, and inserted his coins to dry them out. Ever since then, she has absolutely refused to ever use a laundromat. (Well, maybe once she made an exception when we were on vacation for 2 weeks and ran out of some essential clothes items.)

I know that when cruising on vacation, laundry is almost unnecessary because you wear much fewer clothes (mostly bathings suits and T-shirts in our case). And I had forgotten how well lifelines and heavy clothespins could work for drying - we did that when we chartered.

But my question was more directed at full-time liveaboards, where you need to eventually confront the issue of laundry. Given my wife's aversion to public laundromats, it is a major issue that we would have to deal with. Like I said, liveaboard just ain't gonna happen for us, so it's largely hypothetical anyway.
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