Hardly any topic is as controversial discussed in Internet forums and on the jetty as a washing machine on board. Some sailors, so my impression, fear for the purity of their soul, which they may forfeit with the installation of such a part. Already the thought is reprehensible. Finally, there are those, who are basically not well-disposed towards this matter. Needless to say, negative comments on the subject are primarily masculine.
Admittedly, I was not so impartial as well. Doing the washes is a breeze, I thought. I didn’t like the additional weight, not to mention the work of the installation. My attitude changed two years ago during a vacation. We ‘wasted’ a lot of time by walking back and forth to the lavatories. Often the miserable condition of the machines topped this, like mold in the water inlet. Not to mention washing that had long been finished, but no one showed up to pick up the laundry. And we dislike taking other people’s clothes in hands and vice versa. And last but not least, the ‘fun’ of a coin-operated washing machine is not cheap.
As part of the renovation and redesign of the energy supply on board, the opportunity fit well, to check the installation of a washing machine. The available space, max. 54 cm wide, narrowed the selection. Apparently, Candy Aqua has a home game on boats. Hallberg Rassy from Sweden installs this machine in their Yachts.
We bought the machine and tested it in the winter half-year at home, determined the max. power needed – with motor and heater 1800 W, of which 1150 W on the heating.-, to make a proper statement regarding the size of the inverter.
As communicative as the users of the Internet may be for the installation of a washing machine on board they all fall silent. Perhaps it is so banal that is not written about it, on the other hand, they tell chitchat inflationary. Hopefully, the photo attached may be useful for one or the other. On its back, the washing machine is bolted to a bulkhead directly under the lid. ‘Sandwiched’ between two bulkheads, bolted backward, fixed with four bolts to the floor plate, its mounted shell proof.
On the recommendation of electronics makers Victron, the machine is directly connected to the hot water supply. If enough hot water is available – heated up by the boat engine – and operated only via the inverter, the machine drains the batteries between 30 and 40 amps. If the water needs to be heated up, it’s about twice as much.
Vibrations during spin-dry are barely perceptible. The machine is pleasantly quiet, except for the pump, but acceptable. For testing purpose, we once washed laundry on a smooth sea while we sailed under the engine. Is easily feasible, even small waves do not bother.
I had concerns the drum would hit permanently in its end-stop dampers at rough conditions on sea. Nothing like that!
There are still two points to mention.
Our boat hardly has water inlets respectively outlets. The complete greywater is collected in a central tank in the keel. Because of strong fragrances, we didn’t connect the hose to the tank directly. It fits easily in the opposite sink. Should it unexpectedly overflow, the water pours in the shower tray below.
Between 25L and 40L of water is needed for a laundry.