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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Just clarify, at least once per year, I will have a guest begin to walk down the transom steps to board the dinghy to go to dinner in pumps. This despite prior instruction. At the least, we have several each year that have never used a head aboard before.

I have this vision of the last one (son's girlfriend) in her evening dress, heals, painted nails and perfect hair/makeup being sent to piddle/poo on a pile of dirt.

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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

I am in the process of switching out the holding tank/head the boat I just got came with for a Natures Head.

I did a ton of reading on it and while the traditional holding tank system seemed to be great while it worked, when it went wrong it seemed to cause a hell of a mess.

I like having to worry about 2 less through-hulls, and removing all the hoses and tank has freed up another compartment (right under the V Berth). The entire setup is a lot simpler and easier to troubleshoot, and I don't have to worry about whether or not the pumpout station is working.

Certainly pros and cons to both though - in the end it's down to personal preference
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Seems to me there are real advantages of the desiccating head (It really does not compost in normal use) and few real disadvantages. Sure it takes some education, but a normal nautical head takes some as well. Seems your situation is about the perfect reason for one. Here is a good topic on a homemade one. Could work in a small head quite well.

Homemade composting head

I hope your handle has nothing to do with the need for a head!
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Just be aware that there really are no "composting" heads for boats. The ones that abuse that term really only separate the liquids and the solids, and you still have to handle and dispose of those separately. You won't be making any "compost" along the way, you'll still be handling sewage and disposing of it.
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

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Just be aware that there really are no "composting" heads for boats. The ones that abuse that term really only separate the liquids and the solids, and you still have to handle and dispose of those separately. You won't be making any "compost" along the way, you'll still be handling sewage and disposing of it.
While it is still "sewage" it is relatively dry and does not smell. The liquid actually tends to have more odor issues than the solid. The C-Head sells extra buckets and a cover to let the full bucket actually compost. So you can set it out behind a shed and let it go a couple of months before dumping into the garden, or throw it into the composting heap. But yes, it is not likely a good idea to dump it straight into the flower bed, especially not a vegetable bed.
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Thanks, Sailor. That is a good point that folks should be aware of.

Handling sewage is just a fact of life on a boat. Either you handle it or you pay someone to handle it.

Miata, the handle refers to my sailing across Johnson's Reef in the Virgin Islands - unintentionally - many years ago.
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

There was a guy who posts here who wrote a book about buying a boat and going cruising without any previous experience.
In the book, the composting toilet was a disaster!
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

wienie, I know the book you mean just can't remember the name of it.

The author did all his research, picked the "separating" head, and then wound up at one point with 2? 4? women crew on the boat. Apparently the head he chose just didn't properly separate the urine stream from women, resulting in a huge wet mess in the "dry" section that promptly slopped out of the bowl when they were heeled.

At least, that was his conclusion.
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

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I'm aware of that. But I think the folks marketing the heads are taking advantage of a new age "we're making compost! Nice clean fertile soil!" happy pitch to customers, instead of just honestly telling them "You're going to be dealing with semi-dry poo". Which doesn't have nearly the same sales appeal.

"Compost" brings up a vision of Waterworld's tomato plant set nicely on the stern deck, doesn't it? (VBG)
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Re: composting toilet-should we do it

Hopefully designs have improved.
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