Of course, before a new machine could be installed, the broken one needed to be removed from the boat. Eric and I have, for a long time, suspected that the our boat was constructed around the Comb-o-matic, and this suspicion was reaffirmed as we hauled it out of the boat.
The passageway that leads to the Comb-o-matic is just a hair wider than the unit itself, as is the hatch leading in and out of the boat. In addition to the spacial logistics of removing the machine, we also needed to contend with its weight. Our old Comb-o-matic is insanely heavy. This is because it contains concrete. Yes, concrete. I was not aware that appliances contained concrete; however, after finding out that ours did, I immediately understood why it was so freakishly heavy and loud.
So, a bit of disassembling was required in order to make the task of removing our old machine a bit easier:
Bit by bit, the machine was taken apart...
...and hauled off to the dumpster:
|Farewell, old friend|
Our "laundry room" now sits empty, awaiting the arrival of the new appliance:
Will the new Comb-o-matico fit in the old machine's spot? We are 99% sure that it will, but installing it will be a challenge. Getting the new unit onto the boat, down the hatch, through the passageway, and into the space is going to require a bit of brawn because, unlike removing the old Comb-o-matic, we can't dismantle the new one. Thankfully, we have friends visiting around the time when our new Comb-o-matic arrives, which means they'll be able to join in the fun of helping us install our new machine.