The new machine, the Splendide 2100XC (the direct replacement for our 27-year-old machine) went into place without too much effort or drama. Its dimensions are nearly identical to that of our old machine, and it is lighter in weight. After hoisting it into the boat with our spinnaker halyard, Krissy and I together pulled/carried/shoved it into place, where I fairly easily made the necessary connections (water, power, vent, and drain). And that was it--installed. Fairly anti-climactic after the hours spent disassembling the old machine and carrying it out, piece by piece.
Which is why, during the machine's maiden load of laundry, we thought it was broken when we didn't hear the jackhammer sound. Or, for that matter, any sound at all. The new machine is completely silent. We repeatedly checked on the machine, thinking it had turned itself off for some reason, only to find it quietly working away. So it may have taken them 27 years to do it, but Splendide finally figured out how to make a quiet machine. I'm just glad our old machine hung on long enough for us to make the upgrade, which would have been worth it even had our old machine not given out--it is, after all, hard to put a price on hearing.
As an added bonus, the new machine also has 20% greater capacity than the old machine, enabling us to get by with running fewer loads. Perhaps, then, the new machine will last 20% longer--check back in 32 years for an update.