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 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, but there are a lot of special things we want to change.  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 six adults on board, and can go as high as eight to ten 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, now 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 crew when we travel between places where we cannot seriously re-provision.  That means we need to add a lot more freezer space and a little more refrigerator space as well.  The following options are in addition to what the boat already comes with, stock.  What we add also depends on which boat we buy.

Vitrifrigo DW360 DTX IM Refrigerator/Freezer/Ice Maker  (only for Salina 48)

This is a full standup unit that we would have to insert into the cabinetry, losing a cupboard and the Oven (we plan to replace that propane oven anyway with an electric model (see example on Salina 48, far left).

* Upper refrigerator, lower freezer and ice maker.
* Weight: 232 lbs.
* Width: 26.22"
* Height: 67.2"
* Depth: 23.27"



Vitrifrigo DRW180A Two Drawer Refrigerator or Freezer (only for Leopard 46, 48, or Helia 44)

This is a two drawer unit where either drawer can be a refrigerator or freezer at any time.  It would be inserted in place of an existing cupboard (see example on Leopard 48, right).

* All-In-One design gives you three options: refrigerator+freezer, freezer+freezer, refrigerator+refrigerator
* Smart Handle: Waterproof digital thermostat with touchscreen display and vent-position system
* 3-Star freezer: The lower drawer freezer reaches -18°C with an ambient temperature up to 43°C
* Double Door Position: The DRW series are equipped with the door-inside and door-outside system
* New generation soft close runners and internal dividers for drawers
* Total No Frost: Upgraded ventilation system ensures better food storage 

Leopard Galley

Isotherm Clear Ice Maker - SS (only for Leopard 46, 48, or Helia 44)

This would also be inserted in place of an existing cupboard (see Leopard 48 example, above).

* Complete stainless steel design
* Spray technology for clear ice
* Available both in 115 or 230 V and 50 or 60 Hz
* Extra water tank for ice cubes made of clean water (optional)
* Front and rear ventilation
* Three flange options for critical space installations
* Quantity Ice, 40 lbs/24 hr.
* Dimensions: H22.9" x W13.9" x D 16"
* Weight (lbs) 62
* Power consumption 320 W (115 or 230V)

Ice Maker

SnoMaster, CL60 Stainless Steel Portable Fridge/Freezer

We won't have this unit on all the time.   This is a backup freezer or refrigerator in case one of our built in models goes down.  In addition, it can hold any fresh fish we may catch.  When off, it will be stored in one of the engine compartments.  While in use, it will be stored under the cockpit table.

12/24 V DC 120 V AC
Temp Range 50F to -8F, 10c to -22c
Running Current: 2.5, 5 or Variable Amps @ 12 V DC, average run time 12 hours in 24
66 Watt Snomaster compressor
Cut out Voltage 3 settings: 10/10.7/11.8 Volts @ 12 V DC
Interior LED Light
60mm Polyurethane Insulation
3 min delay protection start up
On / off Switch
Battery Monitor
Weight: 57lbs, 26Kg
3 Internal baskets included
Transit Bag Included
Wireless Remote, Solar
Rechargeable Included
End/Front/Back discharging to reduce overheating potential.
5 Year Compressor Warranty

Portable Fridge/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., and we 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 two options, floor mount or wall mount:

Daewoo DWD-35MCRCR wall mount Washer/Dryer

We would buy two of these wall mount models, each of which will be placed in a separate head (one in each hull), placed over the toilet.  Neither the Leopard 48 or Salina 48 four cabin models have a great location for a stand-up washer/dryer.  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

LG Compact All-In-One Washer/Dryer, WM3488HW

This is a floor mounted, compact, washer/dryer combo which we would have to put in a cupboard in the galley.  On the Salina 48, we would relocate the original refrigerator above where it was in a new cabinet and put the washer/dryer below.  In the Leopard  46, 48 or Helia 44, it would have to go under the counter in the galley (taking away storage space).  Neither is optimum.  It also only has 2.3 cu. ft. of capacity, and the wall mount has 3 (and we could afford two of those for the price of one floor mount).  Therefore, we are heavily leaning toward the wall mount models (above).

* 2.3 cu. ft. Capacity
* Ventless Condensing Drying
* 6Motion™ Technology
* TubClean Cycle
* SmartDiagnosis™
* Direct Drive Motor
* 10-Year Limited Warranty 

Floor Mount Washer

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, 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 sixteen year double circumnavigation voyage, twice a month means 384 times we have to clean 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 4 bucks per use! 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

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, you 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, now that's value! Features to help you get the job done faster.. All of the convenience features are standard to make your job easier; reverse lever, oscillating shuttle hook, piping feet (1/8" > 3/16") and of course a trusted reputation for building quality, long lasting equipment.

Reviews: Middle of the road, though most thing 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. 
Our 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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