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Unfortunately for me, that crew member was my 25 y/o daughter during a heavy weather sail to M/V. She was stricken with a touch of mal de mer and in no condition to unclog her own mess.
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Kitty litter isn't elegant, but it is much easier to contain than sloshing blue liquid. I don't consider either one a good solution--but if you need to rig a neat clean toilet in hurry, with zero spillage, I know the bags and litter with a 100% score. You won't find many fans of the blue liquid who will gamble on 100%, everyone just kinda moves a bit further away from them "just in case".
I've had limited experience with a PortPotty, but it seemed to work OK. I don't think there was any blue-goo breakout, and I don't recall there being any problem with smell. Wouldn't there be more of a smell problem with an accumulating pile of scat-bags?

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Having used both porta-potties and manual heads with a holding tank, the porta-potty is much less maintanance and rarely stinks, especially if it is emptied and rinsed regularily. I have a no poop in the toilet rule unless it is a dire emergency, mainly because the marina toilet/bath is very close to our slip. Every boat I've been on with a holding tank has had a telltale odor, no matter how well that head and system is maintained.
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Gee, the marina I moor at has a porta-pottie dump-out station right at the entrance at the end of the customs dock. Just stop by on the way in, empty the pottie and rinse it with the hose they supply, real easy. Also in Canadian waters off the Pacific coast they still allow dumping into the strait, but that is currently under review. I have had my boat for 4 seasons now and can count on one hand how many times I needed it. I am regular enough to know when to be ashore. Actually the head belongs to my wife and it only gets heavy use when on multi-day cruising in the islands, I still manage to make it ashore, but am still assigned the ugly chore and I have yet to get the goo on my hands. We mostly day sail with a few trips during vacation season.
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We have both an Lectrosan and a holding tank. We use the tank when restrictions prevent dumping of any type. When cruising we use the Lectrosan for eco purposes because I am adverse to dumping raw sewage. The Lectrosan is also useful when pumpout facilities are not available e.g.Bahamas
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Most people we know with cruising sailboats (like us), spend as little time at dock as possible and whether just in the Bay (discharge prohibited) or offshore, are out cruising/sailing whenever possible. These are the types of boaters that require more holding than what a portapotti allows.

I would suspect however, that many with portapottis, dump their small capacity portapotti tanks overboard - but would never admit it.
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If docked, I never use the head. What doesn't go in, doesn't have to come out. So far, a locally created product, TankTamer, has taken care of any odors from using the head.
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Thankfully, we haven't had to deal with a portapotti's sloshing blue liquid since the late eighties. However, ever have to unclog a manual head valve, after a crew member dumped then wiped up with half a roll of tp? Not a task for the faint of stomach.
I'm still laughing 5 minutes later! I guess it is my third-grade sense of humor.
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Thetford and Sealand both have MSD series Porta Potty's that can be plumbed for a pumpout station, good for a few days on the water, but not much longer
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Most people we know with cruising sailboats (like us), spend as little time at dock as possible and whether just in the Bay (discharge prohibited) or offshore, are out cruising/sailing whenever possible. These are the types of boaters that require more holding than what a portapotti allows.

I would suspect however, that many with portapottis, dump their small capacity portapotti tanks overboard - but would never admit it.
Is dumping bluegoo from a portapotty worse than discharging raw sewage through a Y valve? I wouldn't think so.
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