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01-31-2004 04:44 PM
Washing clothes

Alternate uses for the Pressure Washer:
<br><u>Belowdecks</u>:<ol><li>Shove bewteen aft end of settees to keep infant in saloon

<li>The Mother of all rolling pins

<li>Insert light bulb, hang from deckhead: <em>art noveau</em> reading lamp

<li>Pickles, pickles, pickles!</ol>
<u>Above decks</u>:<ol><li>Fender

<li>Exercise equipment (lie on back for abdominal crunches; lie on stomach for back extensions; press pickle-filled Pressure Washer over your head, etc.)

<li>Anchor tripline buoy

<li>Attach a coil of line and store on stern rail as a throwable lifesaving device

<li>Attach to halyard for foredeck tetherball matches (fill with clothes/water/detergent and smile as guests do your laundry: remove handle and adapt for spare winch handle)

<li>Fill w/ water: sea anchor/drogue

<li>"Poodle Pod" stored on deck next to liferaft

<li>Add surgical tubing, attach to lanyard: mega Solar Shower

<li>Water-tight dry container to keep freshly-laundered clothes dry on dinghy ride back from laundromat.

Other suggestions are welcome.
01-12-2004 10:37 AM
Washing clothes

The laundry depends on your finances and your locations. Many areas have drop off service. Some areas only have drop off services. Sometimes its easier to pile up a ton of laundry and spend 3-4 hours doing it 1x month or whatever long period you can manage.

In the Bahamas, we did it ourselves at laundromat and as drop off, it cost anywhere from 4-6 dollars per load to wash and the same to dry. You can spend $8 on 1 load of laundry.

When we had water, we washed our undies, shorts, tshirts, and other small items on deck in buckets. We saved big towels and sheets for shoreside services.

The ammonia wash sounds interesting. I don''t know much about ammonia, though, and its not something I normally would carry.
01-12-2004 04:38 AM
Washing clothes

I think you could wrap the "pressure washer"
with foil and hang it in the rigging. Dual purpose; radar reflector and clothes washer.
01-12-2004 03:44 AM
Washing clothes

17" x 12" - I could store about 16 beer in that much volume - and it need not all be in one place.

01-12-2004 03:18 AM
Washing clothes

Another site for the Pressure Washer: C127%2C284&KickerID=77&KICKER

The unit is approximately 17"x12" - 4 lbs. Not really very big. This one is more expensive, I can''t determine the differences. I''ve been seriously considering it. Space is an issue, but it doesn''t seem impossible.
01-12-2004 12:04 AM
Washing clothes

Even the most basic ideas can be simplified and improved. Wave-action is one of the currently “hot” alternative energy fads - and you’ve hit on a practical application.
“Less is more” (Mies VanDer Rohe, on restraint in design)
01-11-2004 09:43 PM
Washing clothes

I second Gord''s bucket idea. If under way, just set the bucket on deck and let the boat motion do the agitating for you.

My bucket actually has a lid. At anchor, I can set it in the water (partially filled), tie it off to the boat. and let the waves rock it.

Takes longer, but I do more reading with less work.
01-11-2004 05:09 AM
Washing clothes

1)Mix amonia and fresh water 10/90 in bucket
2)Place clothes in bucket and agitate for 2-3 minutes
3)Let sit for 10 minutes
4)Agitate for one minute
5)Hang up to dry

No need to rinse! Clothes will be clean and will not smell of amonia.

01-11-2004 04:44 AM
Washing clothes

But where on earth would you store a "Power Wash" (on a boat)?
01-11-2004 12:55 AM
Washing clothes

Please take a look at this web site, erwash&mc=Did-It&ven=google&LID=2569521
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