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Re: On-boat clothes washing

Bucket and dawn in salt water works well. Rinse in fresh. If there is a water maker on board, I use soapy shower water into the bucket for the wash and sink for the rinse.
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I brought one for Mothers Day present for myself. Years of hand washing, plunging was put a tow on the wrists. Tired of Laundry facility high prices broken equipment, also rude people. This was a Blessing and it's pretty. Also larger then I thought. I Love it
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Re: On-boat clothes washing

There’s a laundromat near the marina. With any size load, it was so much easier to use their large washers/driers. We could wash and dry a ton of laundry for under $10. I mean a washer you could personally climb into, it was so big. Not since college had I used a pay laundry, I thought it was good value, rather than haul everything home.

We’ve really gone overboard now. We pay them to wash, dry and fold. We drop our stuff off, when leaving the boat and pick it up, on our way back. Luxurious. With so many guests, we were getting tired of the routine. 3 sets of bed linens, 6 sets of towels, galley hand towels and rags, plus several days of our clothing. All done, with zero effort or time, for about $30.
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Laundry like painting or waxing is a necessary waste of time. I have paid to have my laundry done as long as I can remember... even when cruising. In English Harbor Mavis and other ladies would wait at the Dockyard for cruisers to bring their laundry and return it in the late afternoon. I suppose if you are so off the grid where there are no civilization... and locals wash their clothes with rocks in a river then a CW is for you. I suspect that this applies to very very few sailors.

These days we take our laundry home and do it once a week with other laundry. Paying for this is definitely worth it.

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There’s an up side to laundromats. Usually a cruisers library. You leave a book and take a book. Usually a excuse to wander around and get an espresso while you wait. To get to chat up the people working there and other cruisers so find out what’s good to do, where things are, what to avoid. Kind of like hanging around the water barrel getting the scuttle butt.
Commonly day one or day two is a trip to the laundromat and for groceries. We usually split it up so it’s time on your own. Being mom and pop that time isn’t to be discounted.
Problem is starch. The hi tech fibers don’t like high temperature water nor starch. Have gotten starched underwear. Really!!! Beautifully folded but unwearable. Have learned to say no starch, no hot water in several languages.
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Ive found a downside to the Marina laundry... its 50 cents cheaper per wash than in town and not locked away just for marina users so all the local townspeople are lined up with the towns washing from 7am. You can get an empty machine at 10pm - just after the laundry has closed
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I have one of these and a bucket:



It works better than my side-loader @ home.
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Lightbulb Search ebay: hand powered washing machine

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Hand Powered Washing Machine. Plug that into an ebay search.
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