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Old 06-17-2010
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Its necessary or NOT depending on the condition of the beam you could drill a small hole in the head area pan to get a better look

Nobody's chomping up there boat for the learning experience BUT the beam does hold up the mast so it a fairly important item
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new head

installing a Air Head Composting head.

will update after a few weeks of use.
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On the holding tank note.. My old " 1970" Cal 29 did not have one either.
straight to the sea.. yuck. No marina would allow me to even come in till i took the sea valve handle off.
I installed one 5 gallon tank just behind the head in that side compartment that was storage. i can shoot some pics if you like?
massive poop storage its not but it did not cost much and it got me legal.
This winter i am planing on mounting a better size tank lower on the boat but this works for now.
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FYI if you haven't done the job yet
I replaced my Cal 29 hatch. I found a good fit at the West Marine surplus store in Oakland CA (since closed). Hatches are pricey bought new but you can often find good deals on new stuff at the consignment stores.
For my project I had to make an adaptor plate, like a picture frame out of stainless. The other thing I had to do was to grind down the ridge that goes aroud the hatch opening so that I had a flat surface for the aluminum hatch. Then I had to fill the foid betwen the deck and headliner with fiberglassed mat so that what I was bolting thru was solid. That done I had sand and level the new surface. It came out prett good
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