Willcox-Crittenden Headmate - Fix or Float Test? - Page 2 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Gear & Maintenance
 Not a Member? 
  #11  
Old 02-11-2011
downeast450's Avatar
Tundra Down
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Seal Harbor, Maine
Posts: 1,220
Thanks: 25
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 7
downeast450 is on a distinguished road
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.

Down
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #12  
Old 02-11-2011
dhays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: University Place, WA
Posts: 626
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 5
dhays is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by bernardmitchell View Post
I have a Willcox-Critenden Headmate head fitted to my sailboat.
I'm sorry.

Quote:
It has been a nightmare.
I know what you mean.

Quote:
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.
__________________
47*20'11.7" N
122*35'20.8" W
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328
My Blog on
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #13  
Old 02-11-2011
mitiempo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Victoria B.C. Canada
Posts: 6,981
Thanks: 0
Thanked 61 Times in 52 Posts
Rep Power: 7
mitiempo will become famous soon enough mitiempo will become famous soon enough
The Raritan PH II is the same price as the Lavac.
__________________
Brian
Living aboard in Victoria Harbour
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #14  
Old 02-11-2011
dhays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: University Place, WA
Posts: 626
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 5
dhays is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
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.
__________________
47*20'11.7" N
122*35'20.8" W
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328
My Blog on
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #15  
Old 02-11-2011
sailingdog's Avatar
Telstar 28
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New England
Posts: 43,291
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 9 Posts
Rep Power: 13
sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice sailingdog is just really nice
Quote:
Originally Posted by mitiempo View Post
The Raritan PH II is the same price as the Lavac.
But as I said... the kit is a good deal of savings...

Quote:
$220 for the PHC LBA and $290 for the PHII.
__________________
Sailingdog

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Telstar 28
New England

You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.

—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)

If you're new to the Sailnet Forums... please read this
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
.

Still—DON'T READ THAT POST AGAIN.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #16  
Old 02-12-2011
Gladrags1's Avatar
Sailor
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Rock Creek, Maryland
Posts: 544
Thanks: 10
Thanked 10 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 12
Gladrags1 is on a distinguished road
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #17  
Old 02-12-2011
dhays's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: University Place, WA
Posts: 626
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 5
dhays is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gladrags1 View Post
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.

Dave
__________________
47*20'11.7" N
122*35'20.8" W
S/V Legacy, Catalina 400 MkII, Hull #328
My Blog on
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #18  
Old 05-20-2011
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
bernardmitchell is on a distinguished road
Thank you for your thoughts.

Looks like its a Raritan or Lavac.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #19  
Old 05-20-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Ottawa Canada
Posts: 195
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 6
weephee is on a distinguished road
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
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #20  
Old 05-21-2011
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: South Florida
Posts: 152
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 4
landmineop is on a distinguished road
Send a message via Yahoo to landmineop
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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Headmate bolts on Sabre 28 roduhu Sabre 2 05-08-2010 04:50 PM
wilcox-crittenden winch. zif001 Gear & Maintenance 0 11-08-2009 12:27 PM
Wilcox Crittenden Ports Dmarina General Discussion (sailing related) 2 10-15-2008 10:48 PM
Wilcox Headmate question lbdavis Gear & Maintenance 3 11-13-2007 04:11 PM
Bobcats kick through Willcox (Benson News-Sun) NewsReader News Feeds 0 09-19-2006 04:28 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:14 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012