Friday, 4 July 2014

Ideas (2)

We have a Beko washing machine installed on the boat. We can wash clothes when under way through a combination of a large 140 amp alternator and using the boats inverter. Modern washers only have a cold fill inlet. So we chose a washer that also supports a cold wash function. With a bit of messing around we can set the washer on a cold wash but still fill up with cold, warm or hot water to suit through a manual mixer tap arrangement.  We did this because many washers have a 3kw immersion heater element built in.  This would trip out our 2kw inverter.  Also we chose a non digital washing machine because electronics can be sensitive to non sine wave voltages. 

If you don't want to do any extended plumbing you can put the washing machine on pause and then fill with warm/hot water through the slot where washing liquid and comfort is added. 

Three years ago we purchased one of those small rotary washing lines which are offered from time to time by supermarkets such as Aldi. It was intended to be used when we were out on the boat.

This small dryer works quite well when we are out and about. We have not had any problems in three years of use. Its made of a sturdy, lightweight aluminium corrosion-resistant construction, weighing in at a total of  only 1.95kg. Its ideal for boating, camping as well as balconies and patios. Quick and easy to assemble or disassemble. Top and base sections separate for easy storage. Drying area approx 14 metres. Size open approx. (cm): 145 x 152 x 152mm and comes supplied with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty.

We can either set up the tripod base but you will need to use guy ropes to add stability in anything other than a slight breeze.  In our case we can mount the top half of the dryer onto a mounting bracket on the tiller arm. 

We asked our fabricator friend to make up a suitable bracket out of stainless steel tube.  The inverted 'T' bracket allows the tiller bar to slide through the centre and the vertical tube acts as a support for the dryer. There are holes in the inverted 'T' bracket for the boat tiller pin to locate the tube in the correct place and to stop the bracket rotating on the tiller arm.

Measure the outside diameter of your tiller bar, then measure the distance from the end of the tiller bar to the tiller pin hole. Most tiller pins are 8mm. Most tiller bars are 40mm (1½") outside with an inside diameter of 30mm (1¼"). Also measure the inside diameter of the rotary dryer pole. So that it is a sliding fit. For additional security so that it can't blow off the tiller arm. You can either have a second pin hole in the vertical pole or as in our case we use a small 24" expanding Octopus strap. We chose to construct our bracket in such a way that we can still move the boat when moored up without having to remove and collapse the rotary dryer. 

Think about having one made up by a jobbing fabricator.  The fabricator who produced the 'T' bar for me is located in Sheffield. I can supply his details or alternatively you can shop around for a fabricator that is more local to yourself.


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