Gear: Major Appliances

Face it, we're wimps.  We take off our hats to the minimalists who travel around the world on pennies, live off the sea, tough out the heat, go without ice, don't have a freezer or even any refrigeration, wash their clothes by stomping on them in the shower, scrub the hulls with a snow scrapper, etc.  We're going to make S/V Lynx as comfortable as possible, and that means adding some appliances (and the maintenance that goes with added complexity).

When it comes to major appliances on board, there are a lot of special things we want.  So, let's take a look at which appliances we plan to add, starting with refrigeration.


As we have mentioned, S/V Lynx is not your typical live aboard boat, sailing with just a couple on board.  Our boat will constantly have crew, so we will, typically, have four to eight adults on board, and can go as high as eight to ten to twelve for short periods.   This changes things, especially when it comes to refrigeration needs.  We talked a little about this in our discussion of batteries (see Batteries).

However, let's talk about freezer and refrigeration space upgrades.  We will need enough freezer space, in particular, to handle several months of food storage for our large crew when we travel between places where we cannot seriously re-provision.  That means we need to have additional freezer space and, at times, more refrigerator space as well.  The following options are what we are adding to S/V Lynx.

Vitrifrigo DW360 OCX2 BTX IM
An upper level refrigerator compartment, with a mid level freezer , and a lower level icemaker/freezer compartment.  This is our main workhorse for day-to-day needs.


Total volume: 301 liters, 10.63 cu. ft.
Upper compartment volume 157 liters, 5.54 cu. ft.
Lower compartment volume 80+64 liters, 2.83+2.26 cu. ft.
Net weight kg. 107, 235 lbs.
Upper compartment power supply (A) 12/24Vdc (also available with dual electronic box 12/24Vdc - 100-240Vac 50/60Hz)
Lower compartment power supply (B) 230Vac (115Vac optional)
Upper compartment nominal consumption (A) 45W
Lower compartment nominal consumption (B) 168W (115Vac) - 140W (230 Vac)
Overall width mm. 682
Overall height mm. 1697
Overall depth mm. 591

- $5,300 (approx.)



The Super-Sized NL125 Legacy Smart gives serious carrying capacity with a relatively small footprint and remarkably low power draw!  It can change from a freezer to a refrigerator or visa-versa.  Typically, this will be our long term freezer storage unit.  If long term freezer storage is not needed, like when we are at a location with regular provisioning stops, during that period we will just shut this unit down to save energy.

NL Connect Bluetooth® app
Single-compartment with digital thermostat
Stainless Steel exterior
60mm high-density insulation
Lockable stainless steel latches
Low-battery protection
Auto-switch between AC and DC (24v) power
Internal LED light
-30ºC / -22ºF minimum setting
8 x Baskets
128 Liter capacity (4.52 cu. feet)
9.6Vdc to 32Vdc
100Vac to 240Vac
835 x 495 x 735mm (Closed) *
835 x 495 x 1197mm (Open) *
Weight 37.8 kg (83 lbs.)
3-Year warranty
Base mounting plate – (optional)

Top Loading Freezer


The ultimate in versatility: The NL 72 Legacy Smart Double-Door design allows you to select individual bin temperatures to suit your needs. Run as a combination of fridge and freezer, or set up as twin fridges or twin freezers.  This is a configurable unit.  We will often leave one side empty, ready for any fish we catch and want to freeze.  The other compartment will either be used as a freezer or refrigerator, depending on our current needs.

NL Connect Bluetooth® app
Dual Compartment Fridge/Freezer with individual doors
Dual, independent temperature controls
Stainless Steel exterior
60mm high-density insulation
Lockable stainless steel latches
Low-battery protection
Auto-switch between AC and DC (24v) power
40W - 70W 
Internal LED light
-24ºC / -11ºF minimum setting (left compartment)
-24ºC / -11ºF minimum setting (right compartment)
5 x Baskets
38.2L (left bin) & 33.1L (right bin)  71.3L total (2.52 cu. feet)
9.6Vdc to 32Vdc
100Vac to 240Vac
835 x 495 x 535mm (Closed) *
835 x 495 x 980mm (Open) *
Weight – 33.45 kg (74 lbs.)
3-Year warranty
Base mounting plate – (optional)

Top Loading Freezer


So why get a power hungry washer/dryer? It's simple, we consider this a necessity for our comfort.  We don't like dirty clothing and sheets, etc.  We also hate loading them onto a dinghy, going to shore, finding a facility (if one even exists in that location) and then taking those clean linens and going back on a salt sprayed ride to the boat!

We have settled on these wall mount washer/dryers:

Daewoo DWD-35MCRCR wall mount Washer/Dryer

We will be purchasing two of these wall mount models, each of which will be placed in a compartment in the hallway of a separate hull.  With two of these wall mounted models, we have redundancy and, if both are working, a 7 cu. ft. total capacity.

Daewoo DWD-35MCWC
3.5 cu. ft. Mini Drum Washing Machine and Dryer
220V 60hz
55cm(W) x 32.4cm(D) x 60cm(H), 18.2kg

Wall Mount Washer/Dryer

Hull Cleaning

Next up, scrubbing the hulls. It's a nasty job, but somebody's got to do it!  We know that the harder something is, the less likely you will do it.  So, if we want to keep a clean hull by doing this job often then it has to be as easy as possible.  Besides the standard gear: gloves to protect the hands, sponges for moss, plastic snow scrappers for barnacles, a wet suit hood to keep critters knocked loose from nesting in your ears (yeah, that's a real thing), we also plan to spend the big bucks for a submersible hull cleaner (see below).

This is a job that should be done at least twice a month!  Once a week would even be better. But let's be realists, you aren't going to this nasty job every week.   So, on a thirteen year double circumnavigation voyage, twice a month means 338 times we have to clean our two hulls (we are on a catamaran, after all).  That's a lot of scrubbing!  This tool may seem expensive, but if you divide the number of hull cleanings into the price, you learn that it comes to a measly $3.42 dollars per hull cleaning!  We will gladly pay that small fee to make each job faster and easier.

Nemo Cordless Hull Cleaner

* 12 inch brush.
* 900 watts brush-less motor.
* 6.2 hours non-stop.
* Water proof hard case.
* Battery: 18V Li-ion 10Ah
* No load rotation speed: 120RPM/160RPM
* Net weight: 2.3kg
* Submersible up to 50m (164 ft)
* Keyless hex chuck(10mm).
* Brush size: 300mm
* Comes with 2 Brushes
* Price: $1,154.25

Hull Cleaner


When it comes to making custom canvas for things like covers, seat cushions, sail bags, sail repairs, and dinghy chaps, you can't use a standard sewing machine.  We will need something specially built to handle the thick and tough materials.   There are quite a few options out there, though almost every sailor will, immediately, tell you to buy a sailrite machine.  However, sailrites are expensive.  Here are a few choices:

Sailrite Heavy-Duty Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Plus Walking Foot Sewing Machine 

The Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 PLUS Sewing Machine is a perfectly portable, heavy-duty sewing machine that’s ideal for sail making, marine canvas work, heavy-duty home sewing and RV and automotive upholstery wherever you want to sew. Built from the toughest, most reliable parts, the Ultrafeed is well suited to live in a marine environment. Designed with sailors in mind, this versatile sewing machine sews both straight and zigzag stitches and has all the power you need to sew through heavy fabric assemblies. In fact, the Ultrafeed LSZ-1 is tried and true in up to 10 layers of heavy canvas and 8 layers of Dacron sailcloth. The Ultrafeed LSZ-1 PLUS Sewing Machine includes the heavy-duty Industrial Carrying Case, Elastic Protector Strap, EZ Set Stitch Length Plate, Integrated Thread Stand, Flex20 LED Light, Power Plus balance wheel, electronic foot control, 1 oz. cone of white V-92 thread, sewing machine oil, 4 bobbins, 4 #20 needles, tool kit, guidebook, and Ultrafeed Set-up, Use & Maintenance DVD. 2-Year Limited Warranty.

Reviews: Overwhelmingly positive.


Reliable 2000U-33 Barracuda Portable Zig-Zag Walking-Foot Sewing Machine

The Reliable Barracuda zig-zag walking foot machine is a remarkably versatile machine. Designed for boat owners, serious hobbyists, and small businesses, the Barracuda does so much, for so little. Flexibility and performance. The stitch quality is comparable to an industrial machine, for a fraction of the price... plus the added bonus of a zig-zag stitch!  All of the convenience features are standard to make your job easier; reverse lever, oscillating shuttle hook, piping feet (1/8" > 3/16") and a trusted reputation for building quality, long lasting equipment.

Reviews: Middle of the road, though most think it is a decent machine.


REX 607Z Portable Walking-Foot/Zigzag with LED Light

Built in an all-metal frame offering durability and reliability. The portable sewing machine offers sturdiness and power with its 110-volt motor.  The Rex RX607 also uses a skip stitch technology and can sew up to 1,200 stitches per minute making sewing projects easy to complete. With a maximum stitch length of 6 mm and a needle bar stroke of 30 mm, this machine allows users to adjust their stitching based on their desired stitch length. It has a built-in foot control to provide users with a quick and efficient sewing experience. Rex sewing machine has a bed size of 14.5 x 7-inches and an underarm space of 7 x 4.5-inches, which makes the machine easy to place in any room setting. This portable sewing machine is an ideal choice for sewers of all skill levels. It is powerful enough to handle 4 layers of soft leather, canvas, vinyl or upholstery fabrics. Great for work on canvas articles such as sails and other heavy fabrics where a zig-zag stitch is needed.

Reviews: This is a mixed bag, with a few claiming it works decently, while a few others complaining about cheapness and too much time tuning. 


Consew CP206RL Portable Walking Foot Machine- (New Style)

Consew CP206RL Portable Walking Foot Machine- (New Style). For sewing light to heavy-weight materials such as leather, vinyl, upholstery, synthetics, canvas and various coated and laminated products. Designed for stitching such products as auto, boat and furniture upholstery, tarpaulins, covers, sails, tents, camping trailer covers, awnings, umbrellas, tops, bags, luggage, handbags, travelware accessories, sports and camping equipment, wearing apparel, outdoor clothing, canvas shoes, slippers, orthopedic appliances etc.

Reviews: Not too great, too many people complaining about quality related issues.


TuffSew ZigZag Walking Foot Sewing Machine

The TuffSew ZigZag is a portable heavy duty walking foot sewing machine with zigzag, straight and reverse stitch. 
The built-in walking foot makes this machine superior to any household or industrial strength sewing machine because it grabs the material from top and bottom, which relieves pressure on the needle assembly.  Most sewing machines only pull the material from the bottom side. This industrial walking foot machine also features a geared belt pulley drive, which provides greater penetration power and longer belt life. Cleated positraction belts combined with a new geared hand wheel pulley, geared reduction pulley, and geared motor pulley eliminate slipping, which allows you to sew heavier fabrics and multiple layers, compared to your traditional sewing machine.

Reviews: Minimal available, but not bad.


Conclusion on Sewing Machines

This one is hard to call, but we are leaning toward the Reliable with case, for $729.00 However, if a used sailrite comes along at a decent price, we would go for that instead.

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