This is one of those “duh” moments.
We have been aboard Cream Puff for 5+ year cruising full
time. When in a marina with the incorrect cycles to run the washing machine, we
have always run the genset periodically when needing to catch up on the laundry.
Now in Tahiti where voltage is like no other place on earth:
220v 60 htz, we parked in a marina and were disappoint when we discovered the
wrong cycle for the washer/dryer.
Now comes the “duh” moment. Unplug the washer/dryer from its
normal outlet and plug it into an outlet with power from the inverter. No need
to run the generator. Also with a battery charger running (separate from the
inverter/charger), there is no battery drain and no “pass through” power.
A couple of year ago, I upgraded the inverter aboard Cream
Puff and it has ample wattage to run the washer/dryer. I have no idea as to why
I didn’t think of earlier. If you haven’t thought of this yet either, you can
buy me a beer later.
BTW – does anyone run the washer/dry while underway? We never have. I am
wondering how the spin cycle works with the vessel pitching and rolling. I am
interested to hear your thoughts on this.
With best regards,
Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275
Currently cruising - Tahiti, French Polynesia