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Re: Washing machines on board
We love ours and we only do coastal cruising. Being able to do laundry, allows you to have less stuff aboard. If going around the world, I would not want to be without it, but they are not energy efficient, for the small amount they wash, and that could be an issue. There are plenty of alternatives to do hand washing aboard.
They work best with easy dry clothing, just as hand washing does. You are definitely going to want a watermaker anyway, with or without a washer, to cruise around the world, so water should not be the primary concern. The washer uses a few gallons to wash, but the un-vented models use even more to dry. They operate by heating the drum and causing condensation, which is then rinsed away. Drying takes forever. Many don't bother and just hang dry.
If you are going to be living at anchor during your cruise, the bigger issue may be the power requirements. They run on 110v, so you'll need to run the genset to do laundry. I would have to look up the load, but it must be quite a bit for a house bank and invertor. You could perhaps do laundry only when on shore power.
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