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https://www.gentlewasher.com/

Hi All, I saw this and figured I'd share it with Sailnetters who may be interested. I haven't needed to use something like this on my boat yet (hopefully someday), but figured keeping clothes clean while cruising might be a typical cruiser's challenge. I have no connection to this project and don't endorse it in any way. It just seems like it could be a good way to keep clothes clean.

This may not be a new idea at all, however, and maybe all our Sailnet cruisers already have something like this on board. :)
 

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looks like a different version of wonder wash.
as i am in marinas in summer and for repairing boat, i broke down adn bought semiautomatic koblenz 8 kg capacity washing machine. it doesnot spin , but it sure does wash. preserves what is left of my hands.
tried wonder wash and set it free, have bucket with plunger, and replaced all of these with the koblenz. still wringing via shrouds but the job is a lot quicker and cleaner wiuth a machine to do the splishing and-a splashing.
 

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Takes up too much room.
Have tried several devices. Best remains using the two sinks in the galley. Wash water in one rinse in the other. If short on water use salt water and Dawn. Rinse in fresh. If not just doing undies and a shirt or two use a bucket.
A large wooden spoon if using kitchen sinks. If lazy and sailing use bucket and throw in anything with near neutral buoyancy into the bucket and put on the lid.
Still haven’t found a way to do bedding except for the laundromat.
 

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A friend of mine who lived on his 40' Manta for years had a combo washer/dryer, as in put in dirty clothes and they come out clean and dry.

He had to run the genny to use it, though.
 

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Interesting, but I agree; it looks like the old wonder washer, and is way too big for most smallish cruising boats.

Bucket and plunger works best for those of us on smallish boats with modest budgets. It’s small, simple, has multiple uses, and really not hard to do. Just takes a bit of time and effort.
 

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We plumbed the boat for a Splendide washer/dryer when she was built. So glad we didn’t put it in. Anything you put on a boat won’t be able to do comforters and the like. Anything you put on a boat will use more water than a hand wash.if you see the stains as you do wash you’re more likely to get them out. None of the boat compatible machines do as good a job as the speed queens at home. Even though we have a watermaker find it nice that after we do the wash we can use that water to clean other stuff easily. The splendid locker has been repurposed for a place to hang foulies. Nuff said.
 

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Is anyone out there using the wonder washer? If so, how does that work for you?

This looks the same, only significantly larger.
 

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Scroll down the linked page to the photo with the dude. That's one big contraption to store somewhere.

We used a bucket and plunger. Works goodly and bucket has other uses.

Since I have been solo I use the lajbdromat or the laundry...
Yes there's a cost but it's not too bad for me.
 

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Depends on latitude really.
Cycle very very few cloths in warmish clime.
If not in a nasty harbor you can dangle pant shirt etc over board with rope thru arm or leg holes.
Bedding is rhe bigger deal
 

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We LOVE our Splendide. Uses 10 gallons of water but cleans and rinses well. Runs when we’re 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-shirt’s, which we partially dry in the machine. These don’t 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. Can’t wash heavy cotton or anything huge aboard, as they never dry or don’t fit, but that’s 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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... I hate hanging clothing outside to dry, unless alone somewhere. I hang them in the salon....
Isn't that funny. I mean, I do understand where you are coming from, but why do we feel that way? We all have dirty laundry, it's part of being human, and why would we add all that humidity and clutter to the cabin, just to avoid the sight of a few shirts swaying in the fresh air?

We always saved major laundry for a laundromat, but a few things outside were normal. Often they would be under the hard top, to avoid rain and dew. But not if it was nice. Mostly just the stern rail, which on a cat is wide.
 

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Isn't that funny. I mean, I do understand where you are coming from, but why do we feel that way? We all have dirty laundry, it's part of being human, and why would we add all that humidity and clutter to the cabin, just to avoid the sight of a few shirts swaying in the fresh air?
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I have *very* special undies that you do not wanna see.

(it does amaze me how much they charge for such a small amount of exotic material)


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I don’t know but think people should just get over it. On wash day ever inch of the life lines have laundry on them. Find in Caribbean wind and sun by the time you put up the last bit the first load is dry. Sun/wind drying makes for nice clothes. Their only up for a short time.
The stuff in your lint trap in a dryer is clothes. Washing/drying is the major sour of wear not wearing them.
Good to hear about the splendide . Maybe one in our future if we’re in foulies less often or figure out another place to put them.
 

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I don’t know but think people should just get over it. On wash day ever inch of the life lines have laundry on them. Find in Caribbean wind and sun by the time you put up the last bit the first load is dry. .
As I said in my first post on hanging clothes outside, it really matters where you are. If in a crowded tourist location, I wouldn’t do it. I assume others are vacationing and not backpacking. If secluded or among cruisers, it’s would be more comfortable. Sort of like hanging your clothes at a camp site.

I would have no trouble in a secluded or cruisers cove. No way I’m hanging laundry outside in Edgartown harbor.
 

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I had something like this on S/V Cajun that I got from Overstock.com but it used an electric motor, and was also a tumble-dryer. It was about 3' cubed so I left it in the cockpit. I stopped using it when us liveaboards bought a washer and dryer for the dockside washrooms.
 
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