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post #11 of 18 Old 04-03-2009
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Buy cheap...replace often. Never rebuild!!! I hate changing out a joker valve.

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For manual heads, the Lavac and the Raritan PHC/PHII are basically the top rated by Peggie Hall, diva of marine head systems.

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I'll spend a lot of time this weekend scraping, but also measuring windows, vents, GPS mounting location and head area. Then I'll spend a good chunk of time this week researching and placing orders. If I'm lucky I'll be able to get to useful work next weekend.

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I've mentioned this before, but for what it's worth, the deal was sealed in 2006 when we bought our current boat the second my wife saw the Lavac (I had no idea she could recognize one). She said "Oh, yeah, the head you can flush a pair of jeans down. I like this boat."

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Well the bad news is that for the Lavac, there is nowhere to mount the pump. But the good news is that it is virtually the same size as whats there now, and there is plenty of room behind it to build up a back wall with some recessed shelving to the left and the pump mounted to the right. That should actually be quite easy.

The head is port side forward, so the right side is less deep then the left side. I'll have room to run the hose up for a vent loop and mount the pump to the right, and make some recessed storage cubbies to the left.

There are two sea cocks right below the head. I'll have to decide if they stay or go. I guess for now they stay. I'll keep using the inlet, although I would prefer to share with the engine water inlet. I'll seal up the outlet and hopefully it won't sink my boat someday

At least the planning is moving along!
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In the 4 years I have had it I am very happy. Has a great reputation & for your use would be fine. I've heard pretty much all good about the Lavac & the attraction to me on the Lavac would be less water use, fill tank slower. Just like with anything else, maintenance, maintenance. Give it about an hour every spring, new joker valve (for the standard units like PHII), grease etc.
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I just bought a Raritan PHII from Sailnet. It was about $270 with freight and tax, had it the next day. Try pricing them here, if you have problems with Sailnet's site go to marine.com( same company), it has a better search engine.

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I just wanted to put is my two cents about the raritan PHII, I'm just installing a service kit in ours. Now that I have it all apart I can say that it is well designed, simple to maintain or repair, and ours seems to have lasted very well. Ours is older than 15 years and I'm only putting the new kit in so I don;t have to worry about it when we're offshore. I would highly recommend it.
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