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Speaking of overflows, you might want install it over a shower sump or rig a pan under it, just in case. Washer "overflows" and other problems are common enough that some city building codes require some type of basin/drain under them in building laundry rooms. A boat's got a bilge...I guess the only question is how much of a mess the water can make en route to it.

I'm told those little hand-tumble washing machines (more like a wide-mouth minibarrel) do a pretty good job, they're just limited capacity and all hand work. But, cheap and light and small.
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wait awhile

If you wait awhile two lil frenchman with a garden hose will make thier way around to do your laundry for you
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We have a similar unit in our RV, we saw the one at the Seattle Boat Show. We've had problems with ours when we've either over loaded the clothes or used the wrong or too much soap, all cause the washer to stop working. It's a huge mess to drain out the water (ours has a filter/drain in the bottom right corner). While a pan under the machine might help, the water in ours has shot out so far it would be pointless. Then too, the drain is so low we can't even get a bucket under and there is no closing it off until the water's gone. It's also very important to get the correct type of soap (low suds for front loaders) and measure very carefully.

The dryer is probably the least appreciated aspect of ours. It runs forever and never gets the laundry dry...so I end up hanging every load. Which sunny areas are great but the cold wet areas don't work so well. There's a web site that sells lots of great non-electric gear including a washer. I'll dig out their site address if you'd like. I'm thinking given the space and electric needs in our boat, I'd rather foot it to a laundry facility or buy the non-electric one and then hang...since I hang anyways. So there's my $.02 for what it's worth...

Ok, I found the web site www.lehmans.com look for home-laundry-washing

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In the early 90s I lived abaord a 43 Egg Harbor, powerboat. I built a cabinet and installed a venting splendide washer dryer combo. We used it for 4 years and loved it. I had to replace a switch or two but that was it. The biggest issue was that for best drying once it stopped you had to make sure the clothes were loose from the sides of the drum otherwise stuff would dry to it. We also got in the habit of taking half the washed clothes out for drying half at a time. I am now on a 40 Schucker and will be buying one for this boat as well. I would recommend agains the ventless although having a vented one on a sailboat raises other issues. Friends had a ventless one and had condensation and humidity issues on their boat because of it. Interestingly enough the first one I bought in 1991 was the same price they are now.
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Sorry forgot to add that you must install a pan under it for cleaning the filter and for times when you use too much soap etc. For size though it was the best.
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In the early 90s I lived abaord a 43 Egg Harbor, powerboat. I built a cabinet and installed a venting splendide washer dryer combo. We used it for 4 years and loved it. I had to replace a switch or two but that was it. The biggest issue was that for best drying once it stopped you had to make sure the clothes were loose from the sides of the drum otherwise stuff would dry to it. We also got in the habit of taking half the washed clothes out for drying half at a time. I am now on a 40 Schucker and will be buying one for this boat as well. I would recommend agains the ventless although having a vented one on a sailboat raises other issues. Friends had a ventless one and had condensation and humidity issues on their boat because of it. Interestingly enough the first one I bought in 1991 was the same price they are now.
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I know this is a bit of an old thread, but a recent experience gave me some new information on this topic.

During the sale of our house, I ended up talking at length with a couple of guys that run a local appliance repair shop. I got to telling them about my plans to move the family onto a boat in the not-too-distant future.

They both agreed that when that time comes, avoid the Splendide and go with the LG combo unit. They said that they stock parts and service both, and they end up working on Splendide many times more often than the LG, even though there are both kinds of machines in the area.

Here is a link for them: Washer Dryer Combo - Portable Washer - All In One Washer Dryer Combination

It looks like they may be more expensive up front, but it also sounds like they may be less hassle in the long run.

Hope this helps.

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Those LG combo units state they have no need for venting. If wintering in Vancouver, the boat will be closed up pretty tight and the humidity will be something to deal with.
I have no experience with any of these machines but I've been doing some reading up and the concensus seems to be the unvented don't dry very well and dump humidity into the boat. I suppose you could wash & spin and then hang up the clothes to dry in a shower stall?
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"No venting" means "fooled you once, gonna fool you twice". There's no way to "dry" wet clothing, except by moving the water from here to there. Unless "there" is someplace far away, connected by a vent hose, you're just going to have a very damp house (or boat) surrounding your nice dry clothes.

Of course, you *could* really go ventless, use a refrigerated condensor line to recapture all the moisture from the dryer, turn it into liquid condensate, and have some nice fresh-breeze-flavored water on tap at the drier?

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That will fit well on a boat. I have the wonder wash, works very well.
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