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Last November, I bought my first sailboat - a 1974 Sabre 28. I sailed her from Annapolis to the Eastern shore of the Chessapeake (what a nice sailing boat) and dry docked her for the season. When I bought her, I knew that the head was an outdated direct discharge deal that would have to be addressed. I spent a few hours over the weekend, online, looking for info on materials (tanks, hoses, fittings etc.) and a good "how to" article. I can't say I came up with a wealth of info that is written for a boat "dummy" like me. Can anyone comment on good resources and/or offer first-hand advice on tackling this project? Does anyone know of a manufacturer that makes a kit specificly for this model boat? Recommendations on rigid vs. flexible tank?

Thanks in advance for any help you might offer.

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Re: Head Help

No shortage of articles on line for this sort of thing.. did you look into any of these below?


Installing a Head by Don Casey

http://seagrant.uaf.edu/bookstore/boatkeeper/heads.pdf

The West Advisor: Heads Holding Tanks
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Re: Head Help

Peggy Hall is arguably THE authority on all things head. You might want to check out the forum here which she frequents and ask her advice
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Re: Head Help

Mike, I think the West Advisor has the classic article on it. Some stray thoughts:

Buy the best you can, you only want to do this job once. And buy an overhaul kit, because it won't be in stock when you need it two years from now. They all need overhauls, which are always available cheaper than new heads--if you can shop around in advance.

Buy the best guaranteed odor-proof sanitation hose you can find for the actual connections. Don't skimp on it, just bear the pain.

And go with a solid tank if you can, bladders can chafe and wear and be harder to pump out. Make sure to VENTILATE adequately, that's the key to eliminating odor.

And anything Peggy says, just do. Yes, she really has been the #1 go-to head queen for many years, for good reason.
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Re: Head Help

Thank you Faster. I did see the Don Casey article, the other two are fresh fodder to chew on. I'll look at them tonight.
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Peggy Hall is arguably THE authority on all things head. You might want to check out the forum here which she frequents and ask her advice
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+1 on Peggy. She's a cess pool of knowledge. She also frequents the Catalina 34 owners web site. She knows her stuff and always responds to head questions.


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Re: Head Help

Thank you Hellosailor for your comments around bladder vs. tank and for the tips on ventilation and quality materials.

Thanks to imiloa and Chuck53 for suggesting Peggy Hall AKA head mistriss. I amd looking at her page to see if info I want is already posted.

Appreciate all of your collective input!
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Re: Head Help

The current issue of good old boat has an article that might be of interest.
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"cess pool of knowledge"

Is that a compliment?
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"cess pool of knowledge"

Is that a compliment?
Yes....pun intended.

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