Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: On-boat clothes washing
We LOVE our Splendide. Uses 10 gallons of water but cleans and rinses well. Runs when weíre running generator anyway, so zero added cost. Even if we ran the genset solely for laundry, it would burn only a few dollars in diesel. We do not typically use it for drying, as we have the unvented model. Clever unvented drier design, but it uses even more water. The only exception is washing a load of cotton T-shirtís, which we partially dry in the machine. These donít like to dry aboard, but can get away with it in the right dry conditions, or if plugged in and running the air conditioning. I hate hanging clothing outside to dry, unless alone somewhere. I hang them in the salon.
Having W/D allows for not over packing. Canít wash heavy cotton or anything huge aboard, as they never dry or donít fit, but thatís the case by hand too. These wait for next nearby laundromat or marina washer/dryer. We have mostly dry fit type clothing , which come out of spin cycle nearly dry.
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