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I replaced my Headmate with a Lavac. It is a dream. It also gave me a second emergency bilge pump. I installed a Y that selects either the bowl or the bilge.

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I have a Willcox-Critenden Headmate head fitted to my sailboat.
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It has been a nightmare.
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Does anyone have any advice on how to keep a Headmate going reliably.

Do I carry on trying to fix it or do I float test it and install a Jabsco one?
Follow SD's advice and when it fails and you run out of spare parts, replace it with a Raritan PHII. That is what I'm going to do as soon as mine dies again. I've never seen such a lousy design that seems to be meant to fail. The only problem I have is that the PHII is a bit larger than the Headmate so it will be a bit of a tight fit in an already small head.
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The Raritan PH II is the same price as the Lavac.
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The Raritan PH II is the same price as the Lavac.
True, but the LBA kit that SD refereed is less. I'd love a Lavac, but really can't figure out where I'd be able to install the pump in this tiny head. Hence the PHII or PHC.
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The Raritan PH II is the same price as the Lavac.
But as I said... the kit is a good deal of savings...

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$220 for the PHC LBA and $290 for the PHII.
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I got rid of my Willcox-Critteden and replaced it with a Lavac years ago. Best thing I ever did! It's nothing more than a big manual bilge pump and seals. No moving parts / flaps to break, etc!

The biggest issue determining installation is where to put the pump. My boat has a compartment behind the head which the pump could be fitted with the handle protruding out through a bulkhead. Go to Lavac's website and look at the schematic and measurement to see if it works for you.
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The biggest issue determining installation is where to put the pump. My boat has a compartment behind the head which the pump could be fitted with the handle protruding out through a bulkhead. Go to Lavac's website and look at the schematic and measurement to see if it works for you.
I could put the pump in behind the head, but it would take up limited space in an already tight locker. I've checked out the Levac website and installation information. It just isn't going to work.

Now, I could probably put one in the forward head. I have a bit more options there.

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Thank you for your thoughts.

Looks like its a Raritan or Lavac.
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I wish this post was a few weeks earlier. I just bought the full kit for my Wilcox Crittenden. I haven't replaced everything yet but this is certainly not sounding too promising. Damn
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Have you ever considered a composting head ? Absolutely NO pumps, NO hoses and it can be installed in a very short time. It also clears up space where the holding tank used to reside and gets rid of smelly hoses that have to be replaced.
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