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10-20-2013 09:09 PM
vtsailguy
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

Good info, thanks.
10-19-2013 10:21 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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Originally Posted by vtsailguy View Post
Has anyone tried this?
"The Breathing Mobile Washer"
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Hi vtsailguy. We use this Mobile Washer, both at our land-based home, and when we're cruising. We used a Wonder Washer for a number of years. It works well, but it is large for our small boat, requires hot water to be effective, and is kinda slow.

I've used plungers before, but the this breather plunger seems to be far more efficient. It's quick, uses no more water than the Wonder Washer, works just fine in cool water, and stores in a much smaller space.
10-19-2013 09:03 PM
smurphny
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

Nigel Calder mentions a good method in his Cruising Handbook: The stomp on the clothes if taking a shower method. If using the shower aboard, why let fresh water escape before it does a second task? I have done this a number of times when no shoreside washer has been handy for a while and both I and the clothes have become a bit ripe:-).
09-27-2013 11:34 AM
Cruisingdad
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
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.
Hi Minnie and Wind,

Before the current setup, we kept a hamper in one of the heads. The hamper was a cloth one. Been a long time so I don't have pics.

Here is what we use now...





Works great. Clothes don't roll around and it is tidy. Basically, we used a piece of cedar plank (tongue and grooved, you can buy it like this at Home Depot, like we did), and cut it into pieces that fit just behind the door jam. The reason we did this instead of a long, solid piece is it allows you to add planks (via tongue-and-groove) as the clothes pile up, but also pull planks out to get to the clothes (because my arms simply aren't that long).

This may not work fore everyone, it is simply what works for us.

Brian
09-27-2013 02:11 AM
Minnewaska
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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Originally Posted by wind_magic View Post
...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.
09-27-2013 01:07 AM
wind_magic
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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 ?
09-26-2013 09:40 PM
vtsailguy
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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.
09-26-2013 01:41 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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Originally Posted by svHyLyte View Post
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.

Brian
09-26-2013 12:50 PM
svHyLyte
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
Not sure if I was clear, but I have (and use) the Wonder Wash. I do not have a Splendide.

Minne - good feedback there.

Brian
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.
09-26-2013 12:17 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: The Art of Washing Clothes Aboard...

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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.

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

Minne - good feedback there.

Brian
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