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After much detailed measuring of my head compartment, I've come to the disappointing conclusion that there's no way the Nature's Head would fit comfortably. The Air Head is even worse as would be any self-built solution I could make with an Ecovita Privy Kit.
The problem is that the side of the head compartment steps up about 9" to a flat platform on which the existing traditional head sits and then follows the slope of the hull up behind that. That works well with the existing toilet that's bowl shaped and only 13" high (putting the seat at a still high but manageable 22" above the floor). To accommodate the Nature's Head, the unit would stick farther out into the compartment and would put the top of the seat at an uncomfortable 30" above the floor! I could use a stool, but with less than 6 feet of headroom in the head, that's not a very realistic solution.
Seeing how many boats have stepped and/or sloped toilet platforms, I'm surprised the marine composting toilet makers have not done more to address both the bulk and the height of their products. It might be time to introduce "lite" versions that trade off some solid waste capacity for a smaller footprint.
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30