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Old 08-27-2008, 06:31 AM   #15
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I just wonder if it can be used as an anti-fouling?

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But here in Vigo you can get barnacles served at restaurants! I just hope they don't pick them off ships' hulls. Don't know if they do them au Vinaigrette though.

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Back on topic,

Even though we have a washer/dry combo unit as mentioned above--we'll be washing manually most times and hanging to dry most times. Because my mother line dried clothes, I can recall her using a wooden wringer after washing things like sheets and blankets. I think her old spin-dry on the washer must have been bad.

I'm considering something like one of these (link) because of that. Has anyone used one on their boat? Or, just regular twist/wring dry? In the past, while on trips we've twisted things dry in a towel and then finally twisted the towel dry.
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The wonders of vinegar are quite something
Vinegar can be used in hair to kill lice eggs.

You can dilute it and use it in a spray bottle for surfaces and windows.

A vinegar soak can be used to get blood out of clothing.

I've heard of drinking vinegar for health, but be careful: my friend drank a cup undiluted (rather than a spoonful in a cup of water) and had a VERY long day.
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I thought I'd post a couple "alternatives" to the trash bag mode and the other extreme of having a regular washer/dryer.

Here's a link for a non-electric hand-machine. Link
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Back on topic,

Even though we have a washer/dry combo unit as mentioned above--we'll be washing manually most times and hanging to dry most times. Because my mother line dried clothes, I can recall her using a wooden wringer after washing things like sheets and blankets. I think her old spin-dry on the washer must have been bad.

I'm considering something like one of these (link) because of that. Has anyone used one on their boat? Or, just regular twist/wring dry? In the past, while on trips we've twisted things dry in a towel and then finally twisted the towel dry.
Just found this old thread.

I like the hand wringer idea but I prefer the washer dryer combo. I have the room, power and water to operate it.

I just wonder how long it will last onboard as I am planning to install it in the shower behind some doors.

The unit I am looking at doesn't wash much but if it can do two or three thongs that might be enough.
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We have a Splendide washer/dryer--vented--that is such a gift to me. It will wash and dry our two big bath towels (I like big and fluffy) along with hand towels and washcloths in one load. The drying takes a while, so if the weather permits, we get the drying started in the machine and hang out for the last bit.

After six months in Ensenada our lines were black--probably from the mess in the air from boat burning that takes place across the harbor. (I hate to think what our lungs look like). I tried the old soak in the bucket trick, but though cleanish, they remained grey and ugly. So I put one line at a time in the washer, set it to cold water with an extra rinse, and let the machine do the work. Lovely, lovely lines. No heat, of course, but the gentle tossing (the machine seems to do everything in slow motion) did the trick.

In bad weather I often have laundry hanging all over the pilothouse and lower salon, and in good, on lines outside just because some things don't get exposed to heat and some I like sun-dried. But the extra nudge from the dryer for towels and jeans is a blessing I wouldn't want to do without. And I'm too old to mess with hauling to a laundromat.

As for longevity of the unit, I haven't a clue. We've had this one for about three years. It has bounced and heaved with the rest of us in some nasty water and works like a charm. May it continue to do so....
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We have a Splendide washer/dryer--vented--that is such a gift to me.
Thanks for responding. I am looking at the Splendide and now I'm convinced.

I was going to give my wife a toaster or new vacuum for her birthday but this is so much better!
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I know I'm getting real late on this topic, but in January I didn't have a computer, so please bear w/ me. I am sailing w/ my husband Al from NC to the Bahamas for 3 months this November. Laundry has been on my mind since it's my job and after reading this thread w/ interest, I have bought this.

It was the least expensive of all the wringers I found; I figured it would be a little less expensive than hauling all the laundry ashore, plus I know my hands are not up to the shroud wringing routine, and I want do my own laundry on the boat. I like the ammonia idea, but Al is convinced that since it doesn't get rinsed out, when we wear the clothes and sweat (and we will sweat) the ammonia will reactivate and give us an irritating rash. Do I need to worry? I know if he's right, he will never let me live it down if I experiment on ourselves. (we can be quite rough on each other when we are suffering from irritating rashes, and I make no apology for that.) Anyone with first hand experience, can you say definitively the ammonia won't cause a rash or irritation? Thanks, Martha s/v Journey 1977 Islander28
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Here is a reference not to use ammonia with any form of bleach in this very good write up on laundry when cruising :-

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If your wife thinks you need a washer-dryer on board your boat - then DO NOT go sailing with her out in the ocean. You will be divorced at your first landfall. She is not ready unless your boat is cruise liner sized vessel. Do 5 years in the islands with her where she will learn that washing clothes is not done at sea. Only when anchored somewhere and then you take them ashore for the locals to wash and dry. If you do enough extended "cruising" you will notice that few if any men and women wear underwear at sea. A bathing suit is standard or shorts and a T-shirt style top is normal uniform at sea. Once anchored in a nice place then the "normal" landside clothing is worn.

When at sea with the boat pitching, rolling, and heeled over going below to do the wash is not even up for discussion. Trying to cook food is dangerous and very difficult, so most "pre-cook" meals before getting underway or eat foods that do not need cooking. Beside the first day or two or three, nobody is really in the "mood" to eat especially in rough conditions. Sailing is a great weight reduction program. You eat minimal food at sea, lose excess pounds and feel and look great when you get to your destination; then you put it all back on by "chowing down" when you are finally at anchor again.
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When at sea with the boat pitching, rolling, and heeled over going below to do the wash is not even up for discussion. Trying to cook food is dangerous and very difficult, so most "pre-cook" meals before getting underway or eat foods that do not need cooking.
Don't mean to sound smug, but I always cooked while underway. *In fact, since I preferred long passages, I rewarded Peter by making foods he really liked then - cakes, custards, banana bread, etc. *We always ate better on passages than when we were in port. *We always had brewed coffee in a carafe, no matter how bad the weather.

But I admit, I never did laundry while on a passage. *Maybe that's why I liked the passages so much!
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If your wife thinks you need a washer-dryer on board your boat - then DO NOT go sailing with her out in the ocean. You will be divorced at your first landfall. She is not ready unless your boat is cruise liner sized vessel. Do 5 years in the islands with her where she will learn that washing clothes is not done at sea. Only when anchored somewhere and then you take them ashore for the locals to wash and dry. If you do enough extended "cruising" you will notice that few if any men and women wear underwear at sea. A bathing suit is standard or shorts and a T-shirt style top is normal uniform at sea. Once anchored in a nice place then the "normal" landside clothing is worn.

When at sea with the boat pitching, rolling, and heeled over going below to do the wash is not even up for discussion. Trying to cook food is dangerous and very difficult, so most "pre-cook" meals before getting underway or eat foods that do not need cooking. Beside the first day or two or three, nobody is really in the "mood" to eat especially in rough conditions. Sailing is a great weight reduction program. You eat minimal food at sea, lose excess pounds and feel and look great when you get to your destination; then you put it all back on by "chowing down" when you are finally at anchor again.
Not everyone is the same:

If one is cruising in anything but the tropics (especially high latitudes), one definitely doesn't live in shorts/T's or bathing suits! Here in "warm" So. Cal even in the summer we find ourselves all bundled up with jackets, sweaters, gloves...at night when sailing.

I've spent years washing clothes in a bucket, bag, or any other way while on trips up to about a month in length. Some of those trips being shorts/T type tropical trips. Even so, there's always laundry--the sheets, the dish towels, etc.

You can wash at sea in a contractor bag or in a cooler--letting the motion work for you in getting things clean. Its the drying that's a problem. Ah, that's where the washer-dryer and a gen-set is useful...

If one has a large boat (as the originator of this topic does and we do...) there's no reason NOT to have a washer/dryer onboard and to use it as the larger boats are likely to have good tankage, a sizeable gen-set, etc.

About the eating/cooking...cooking on passage is fine. I love a story my good friend tells me of their first long trip--a passage from HI back to WA--they ate everything they could they were just so hungry. She said they looked forward to meals like they had at no other time. So, next trip they laid in more supplies to deal with the extra hunger. The only reason one would eat less on passage is seasickness, of course. It usually goes away in a few days for most folks. Binge and starve eating patterns aren't healthy, by the way.
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I have a few things to add...

>> she will learn that washing clothes is not done at sea

I disagree. We don't have any trouble doing laundry underway. Different strokes. ;-) We pick our times- salt water spray is not a friend to laundry! But it's easy enough to find those times. There are 5 of us on board, with the 3 kids... if we waited to do it ashore / at anchor, we'd be swimming in dirty clothes. Ew.

>> wonders of vinegar are quite something

Vinegar is fantastic for laundry! It especially useful as a natural fabric softener. I always (OK, when I remember- but as soon as I feel the clothes when I forget, it's apparent) add a 1/4 to 1/2 cup to the fresh water rinse per "load"... that would be the 5-gallon bucket we do laundry in.

Our basic method:

- wash in salt water- 5 gallon bucket, a dedicated toilet plunger is awesome for agitating and saves your hands

- rinse in salt water

- rinse again in salt water

- wring out as much as possible

- rinse in fresh water

- wring out, hang to dry... we usually put clothes on our (spectra) lifelines.

While we're on the subject... please consider your choice of detergents, since it's being dumped overboard. It's easy enough to stock up on something more environmentally friendly while it's available to you. I do not understand the cruiser obsession with Joy. it's harsh, it's full of junk hello, carcinogens and hormone disruptors? I do not want you setting my daughters up for breast cancer. please go away), and the whole thing about suds is... well, I guess it's personal preference (back to that different strokes thing!), because you don't need suds for things to get clean. That is old cruising lore I would love to see go away.

If I had to get into extolling the virtues of vinegar on board, this would get absurdly long. Hmm, might need a new thread!

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PS thank you, thank you, thank you to the person who posted the chamois wringer. I couldn't bring myself to pay the crazy Lehman's price for their yuppies-who-wanna-go-traditionalist wringer... I guess it's handmade by Amish virgins or something. Anyway, I can't wait to order one of these!
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