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post #2 of Old 09-23-2006
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Hi Groundhog,
I sailed an O'Day 25 for many years. The boat was equipped with a porta-potty that had a 4 gal +/- holding tank. I obtained two spare tanks for a total of about 12 gallons of capacity.

Pluses: The system was very simple, Only one moving part. No odor problems (used the blue liquid / formaldehyde based). Cheap.

Minuses: Lugging tanks of waste to shore in the dinghy was a rather nasty chore. I also found it difficult, if not impossible, to get pump-out boats to help me empty the tanks while anchored out (New England areas). Capacity was barely adequate for two adults for a long weekend.

My .02 worth of opinion: if you're going to be aboard for more than three days at a time, consider a "real" head, holding tank, and a deck-fill that a pump-out boat can hook to.

Hope this helps,
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