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I have done it two times. Just a few thoughts:
1) FLush the head many times and dry bowl many times. I even poured a bit of bleach and ran it through. Any little bit helps. When you take off the hoses, they will leak so have many towels ready. Be aware, the supply line hose will probably stink worse than the sewer hose.
2) You better plan on splicing those hoses. If they have been on there for very long, getting them off takes an act of God. I typically cut (lengthwise)and try and pry a screwdriver under there... but after about 30 minutes and 30 stitches, I just cut the whole thing off. Same is true on the water supply line. Just plan on replacing it. They are not that epensive and West Marine carries them. You cannot easily (understatement) replace the sewer line on a Catalina 30. If it does not match up or you cannot stretch it, use a pastic sleeve and double hose clamp. When putting the hoses back on, I like to use dish soap as a lubricant.
3) As far as bolts and access, etc... sorry... I cannot remember. Seems unlogical it would be through bolted... but if it is, good luck getting to the back of those nuts.
4) I actually like the inexpensive little Jabsco toilets. They are cheap (like 160 bucks), and are very dependable. You can also (should the desire strike) buy a add-on to convert it to a electric head. If you do, everything matches up perfect to the pump and it is very simple. Also, by doing that, you can keep the back-up manual pump should a matchbox car find its way into your macerator.
5) My suggestion to do this right and get prompt service is to pull the head off and take it with you to West Marine. Set it up on the counter and explain to them what you are trying to do and explain that you know nothing about boating and have never been in their store before (all a little white lie, I am sure... but that is ok). The pungent smell and evacuating customers will assure you that you will receive very prompt service from at least three trained professionals, including the manager. They will have you everything you need the first time because the thought of that head coming back and setting on thier counter will be unbearable. When you leavem, ask them if they want to keep the old head... some guy on Sailnet said there was a core charge.
Remeber in boating as in life, it is not so much what you do but your approach that really counts.
Good luck. Have fun.