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jbarros 12-16-2002 11:38 AM

porta potties?
Giving up on getting a bigger boat I cant afford, I think I''m gonna try to make my little boat serviceable for some cruising. The first thing this means... is a head!

I''ve been hearing of mythical portpotties with deck level pump out, and that dont smell atrocious, but I''ve not found them. So, you people that have them. tell me what you''ve got and how you like it.

I need something small, not electric, and that I can use for an extended period at sea, so some way to handle waste after it fills up.

suggestions? Thanks :)

-- James (the headless sailor ;) )

thomasstone 12-16-2002 01:07 PM

porta potties?
James, you mainly need something for when you are in port. When at sea you go overboard, nothing more pleasant. You are on the right track with the portie pottie. I have a sea-land brand with a 9 gallon tank. It is also plumbed to a sea-**** for overboard discharge. You can plumb it for deck pump out if you like. If it ever breaks down throw the whole thing away.-thomas

geohan 12-16-2002 05:20 PM

porta potties?
We find that the portapoti works well in our camper van. Rather than using the built-in flush mechanism we direct a forceful 1/4-inch jet of water from a 24-oz plastic syrup bottle, the kind with the stopper top. The bowl gets much cleaner and the holding tank takes much longer to fill. The deoderizer can be in the flush water or dumped into the holding tank.
Cheers, George

Peter_pan 12-17-2002 03:45 PM

porta potties?
I know that this might soound gross but a five gallon bucket works good too. Been there done that.

barclark 12-29-2002 04:41 PM

porta potties?
I have a 36-foot sail with a relatively small holding tank and although I have direct discharge when at sea, there is no way to pump the tank when out at sea. Been thinking about prota potties. Seems like an easy solution with dumping over-board when at sea. However, when at dock, the prospect of hauling a full sewage tank to the on-shore toilet does not seem all that attractive. Anybody with experience with this?

Irwin32 12-29-2002 08:13 PM

porta potties?
My porta pottie only has a 3 gallon tank and must be taken ashore to empty. The rule is no solids so it is not too disgusting to empty, though sometimes it does become necessary to break the no solid rule and then emptying is disgusting. Since I am on Lake Michigan, I would NEVER go overboard, but I do know people who do. Another way to keep the contents of your tank to a minimum is to use a bucket, and again, I would NEVER do this, but I know some people who, when in port, use the bucket and surreptisiously dump it overboard. Most men don''t object to this method.
The porta pottie on my 32 footer has worked OK, but I am planning on installing a 20 gallon tank with pump out so anchoring out is not so challenging when dealing with solids.

terry-gufshoz 01-02-2003 06:41 AM

porta potties?
I have a porta pottie aboard my O''Day 23 and it has worked very well for me. My wife and I spend weekends on the local bays and use the porta pottie as a normal toilet and we normally only use half of the 3 gal. holding tank. If you are going to use a porta pottie, I have a couple of suggestions. First, use silicon grease around the lid gaskets and the sliding flush mechanism. I have found that this has greatly reduced accidental spillage taking it apart and dumping it. Get the type of grease used for SCUBA gear and DO NOT use a petroleum gel as it may break-down the seals. Second, I treat the sewage in the holding tank with a chemical made for porta potties.
Not much mess and it smells a whole lot better than my grandson''s dirty diaper!

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