- Category: The Web Project
- Published on Saturday, 28 May 2011 14:03
- Written by The gadget guru
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- Category: The Community
- Published on Sunday, 24 July 2011 19:26
- Written by Tarquin's Wench
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The maid quit again! The chore I dread the most is the laundry. We live on solar and a 1000 watt generator and an on board washing machine is not a reality (a girl can dream). [Dreams do come true as I have a new (to me) alcohol stove/oven]. Until recently I've had a vehicle to come and go on the island as I wish. The laundromat for me is a luxury and on board washing has become a necessity. I love laundry day...clean sheets is so worth all the work!! Happy Washing! TW
In a pinch some water, laundry soap and a sink can do the job. Hand washing for those delicate and unmentionable items still apply if you wash aboard. And you too can be the talk of the bay.
Old School Washboard
There is only one manufacturer of washboards left in the USA. I was surprised to find out the company is from my hometown of Columbus, OH. The company is now based out of Logan, OH (just a short drive from Columbus). There are several kinds of washboards, refering to their washing surface. The salt water and air reek havoc on metals but there is a glass washboard available. It is called a Crystal Cascade Washboard made by The Columbus Washboard Company. It is available online at carbolicsoapusa.com. The laundry soap is also available through this website. I did find a preferred vendor of laundry soap if you don't mind two separate packages coming in the mail. Her website is www.thesoaplady.com. Most sailboats have two buckets on board already but two buckets do make it a bit easier. The only other thing you need is clothesline and clothes pins and the sunshine. The washboard is also easy to store. The washboard is about $35 including shipping and the soap is $5 a bar plus shipping.
Plunge Into That Laundry
All you need are buckets, laundry soap (liquid is preferred because it dissolves), a laundry only plunger and some elbow grease. You put water in a bucket with approx. 2oz of laundry soap and plunge your dirt away. It agitates the clothes to get the dirt out. You repeat in a clean bucket of water, wring and hang to dry in the sun. You will still have to hand scrub or use a toothbrush for the stains to pre-spot. For grease stains you can use a generous amount of cornstarch or baby powder over the grease stains, allow it to sit for several minutes, then brush the powder off. The powder absorbs the grease and it brushes off with the powder.
Black Garbage Bag
When you are under way you can use a black trash bag on deck. The movement of the boat provides agitation of the clothes. It takes some water, soap and sun and waves. This method is a little time consuming but comforters and blankets can be washed this way.
Wonderwash Washing Machine
The Wonderwash washing machine has advantages but it has a known problem with the lids as they are plastic. The company sells replacement lids through customer service and their website. Also it has a small load capacity (one pair of jeans, one sheet or a couple of shirts) and it has to be stored somewhere, which are all factors to consider before buying one.
Our Wonderwash washing machine offers the following benefits:
- Washes a 5-lb. load super clean in just a couple of minutes.
- Only $42.95
- Has a patented pressure system that forces detergent into the fabric at high speed for a fast, efficient, economic and very easy wash
- Is ideal for campers, boaters, single persons and even for the housewife with small frequent loads like hand washables and diapers.
- Is ideal for delicates such as woolens, silks, knitted dresses and cashmere garments.
- Uses far less water than even hand washing.
- Uses 90% less detergent and water than conventional machines
- Has received excellent independent reviews in a large number of publications, including dozens of large national magazines and newspapers.
- Capacity is just as large or larger some of the much more expensive, larger apartment washing machines being sold.
To order the Wonderwash, please go to:
There are many washing machines out there made by European and American companies. You must have shore power or an in diesel boat generator to use the machine. It also requires water lines. West Marine and other suppliers offer washer/dryer combos for sale. This is not a practical method for those relying on solar or wind power.
The laundromat is the easiest if it is accessible. All the laundry in and all the laundry out at the same time. The laundromat here on Marco Island is clean and the owners are willing to accommodate almost any request. It is $2 a load and approx. $1.50 or so to dry. It is family friendly and there are businesses near by to occupy your time while things are washing. I have to take a taxi there and back as it is too far to walk with the clothes and the almost four year old, which costs $12 round trip plus tip. I usually make this trip every seven to ten days.
Friends and Family
I am fortunate to have some friends where we live that let me do laundry at their home when I come work for them. Their washing machine is a dream and cleans our clothes amazingly. I do some work for them and my daughter swims and plays. It's a win for everyone in my family.
- Category: The Community
- Published on Saturday, 23 June 2012 23:32
- Written by Capt. Jay
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And the race is on FWC in the lead with 2, CCSO just came in with 1. You should see there numbers. The parking lot was full, so like 30 of them rat bastards parked on the grass. Orders must have come in from the top, this is what we trained all year for, put all your men on it! Call the Cost Guard and let them know about the situation down here. Just in; CCSO up 1 by 5, FWC 4.
The Deadly Canoe Races A yearly event. All manner of debauchery while sun, fun and rum are had. Brake! Brake! 3 P.O.B.S in the water, jet ski flipped over near caxambus pass! Screamed the VHF On Ch.16. Lights, 2 short blast of the sirens. Then nothing but throttle!!! 3 big Mercurys and the coast guard was off! ETA from factory bay to the south end of island, 4 min's. wow! now that is fast... wishing I had my Camera up when They came out the Canal, Fore it was text book perfection and a site to behold. I wonder it they would let me drive one of there RROCI RIB'S ( Remote Rescue Operation Center and Interception Rigid Inflatable Boat).
ICW Naples to isles of Capri, Marker 48, Abandon vessel! Boston Whaler, Newer, Said the bored and over zealous sea tow guy on the VHF. And i think they mite be peeing in the mangroves, the boat is tied to a log. cheesssit! Now by this time the coast guard was all over it. CCSO Responded to it immediately as I saw them blow past me heading that way. This is the U.S. Coast Guard ST.Peartersberg, Florida, What is the Nature of your distress? Over! Squawked the radio As the repeater Echoed. Sea tow Keyed the mic: I don't know Anything at this time, But it is tied up! chssssit! As He let off the mic for a second, CCSO Is on Seen. They mite be in the trees and if they are, they should be able to hear us out here! Or they mite have climbed aboard a another boat! I don't think we need search and rescue. I don't think someone fell off the boat. chssssssssssit! This is the U.S. Coast guard St. Petersburg, That was a good copy on all Sea tow, Please stand by Chanel one six captain, This is the U.S. Coast Guard St. Petersburg Florida, Out! chsssssit! AS the radio fell dead i was laughing loudly and all I could think is why did he make that call? Someone is in trouble over that one! And may be feeling a little stupid now! Realizing what he has done and said.
The canoe races bring all sorts, Left over hippies. New combers and even some that wish they had not come. The drunkards are there and the pill Junkies, which are a special breed all there own. This Malay of madness that ascends upon keewaydin Island Every year. You would think they would change the day and or the place to screw with the local law enforcement.
This is the end of part one, look for part two comming soon!