The washing machine drama
After one and a half
years living on our boat we have come to a decision; the washing
machine has got to go. I knew you’d be interested.
It’s all a question
of balancing space with practicality and luxury. Having an automatic
washing machine on board is very definitely a luxury but we have
decided that it isn’t worth the space it takes up and the amount of
electricity and water that it uses. It’s fine in the marina on shore
power but when we are travelling it’s just too greedy for resources
and it’s using valuable space that we could really make better use
of. So, decision made, we have found a good home for it (no not in
the canal) and my brilliant sister and brother in law are coming to
pick it up from us. All of that is the easy bit. The hard part is
getting it off the boat.
Obviously it came onto the boat somehow but I have been doing a bit of measuring and more than a bit of thinking and it’s going to take all of my A level physics and the help of another friend to extract it. There are two problems as I see it; the first is that getting the thing onto the boat must have been made much easier because of the way gravity works and the second is the doors that it will have to pass through. When I measured the width of the washing machine I found that it was 59.5 centimetres which was OK because the top of the door opening measured 60cm. Then for some reason I decided to check that the door opening was also 60cm at the bottom. It is not! It’s 59cm at the bottom.
It turns out that we are living with irregular doors and that presents a not inconsiderable problem when juggling about 80kg of domestic appliance five or six feet off the ground and trying to pass it through a hole that is only big enough at the top! I do now have a plan and there may well be photographs of the escapade but equally I may be writing the next blog post from the nearest A & E waiting room. This could be very much a case of “watch this space”.