Laundry management for the modern boater Aug 16, 2020 19:30:21 GMT
Post by Tony C on Aug 16, 2020 19:30:21 GMT
Apologies in advance for such a dull subject, but it is one that has been occupying my thoughts recently, so hopefully you folks will be kind enough to share your experiences.
I'm no stranger to laundry, of course. Having lived alone for at least half of the last two decades, I developed a simple routine of bunging everything into the machine once a week or so on a sort of 'medium' wash, and then (in the winter) hanging it all to dry on one those clothes hanging frame thingies, in the spare bedroom.
That's all very well in a house with unlimited electricity, but I will have to figure out a different approach as a liveaboard boater.
So I have a rough plan to start off with. I have got a decent sized collapsible bowl that I can drag out and use to wash clothes every few days- I dont mind the idea of washing by hand (i.e. intermittently poking a stick of some sort into the bowl). I'm resigned to wringing the clothes by hand (which I can never do as well as a machine spins them, but hey ho).
For the drying bit, I'm thinking I can hang them on a clothes frame, as I did when I was living in my house.
But I remember back then (I moved out and came up to Newcastle 7 years ago) in the winter it often took several days for clothes to dry on the hanger thing in the spare room.
That system is ok if you have a spare bedroom, but the boat does not have lots of space, and I dont fancy having assorted clothes hanging around for days at a time.
I want them out of my sight asap if possible.
So I was thinking that to speed up the drying process a bit, I could finish the drying process off, and stop them getting clammy) by using a table top tumble dryer, or a heated clothes airer, like those two linked below.
I dont think my 1kw genny will power either of those devices, but the inverter is rated at 1.8kw so it might just manage.
But all of that said, is a dryer of any kind something that people use on boats? OR do you use radiators, hangers, or what?
Here are two examples of the sort of solutions I've been looking at: