When buying a live aboard boat, there are a certain number of compromises that are made. Not every boat in our price range had all the features we would want, so we went with the boat that checked the most boxes. One of the compromises I made was not having a washer/dryer on board. I was hoping to eliminate trips to the laundromat as well as the expense of it all. Luckily I found this small compact washer that fits on the aft deck.
Traditional laundry methods, such as hand-washing or using marina facilities, can be time-consuming and inconvenient. Limited storage space means you can’t carry an entire wardrobe, necessitating the need for regular laundry sessions. This is where the small compact washer steps in to offer a practical solution.
There are many benefits to adding a small washer to the boat:
- Space Efficiency: The most significant advantage of a small compact washer is its size. These appliances are designed to fit snugly into tight spaces on boats, making the most of the available room without compromising on functionality.
- Convenience: Having a washer on board means you no longer have to rely on finding a laundromat or using marina facilities. This convenience saves time and allows you to focus on enjoying your boating experience to the fullest.
- Customized Washing: Modern compact washers offer various wash cycles and settings, allowing you to tailor the washing process to different fabrics and levels of soiling. This flexibility ensures that your clothes receive proper care, even while on the water.
When I was looking for a washer for Naut2Late, there were a few factors to consider:
- Size: Measure the available space on your boat and choose a washer that fits comfortably without obstructing movement. We really only had room on the aft deck
- Capacity: Consider how much laundry you typically have to do and choose a washer with an appropriate load capacity. Small, but frequent loads seemed to be the way to go, but this machine even handles the bed sheets!
- Power Source: Determine if your boat has the necessary power supply (electricity or generator) to support the washer’s energy needs.
- Water Supply and Drainage: Ensure that your boat’s plumbing system can accommodate the washer’s water supply and drainage requirements. Utilizing the outside shower system we have both hot and cold water for the machine. We also installed a Y-connector so we can use both the shower and the washer at the same time.
- Features: I was surprised to find a machine that had so many varied cycles for different types of fabrics and colors
We purchased a small, custom cover from Covers and All for about $60 to complete the washer set-up. The cover is held in place by the drawstrings at the bottom and then we added a bungee that runs under the machine from handle to handle. This has survived many windy storms without incident.
A small compact washer can transform the way you experience life on a boat. It brings the convenience of having clean laundry at your fingertips By investing in this innovative appliance, you’ll spend less time worrying about laundry logistics and more time enjoying your adventure