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Orientation for Composting Head?

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So next month we are gonna rip out the disgusting porta-potty on our boat, and install a new composting head (Nature's Head) in our Catalina 30.

I am thinking about how to install it, and was wondering if there are advantages/disadvantages to installing it facing forward, rather than facing to starboard. Would it be more or less convenient to use while underway if its facing forward vs side to side?

If we mounted it facing forward, it would be close to, but not on, centerline.

Any opinions, or better yet, experiences would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

If your concern is using it underway, I don't think the orientation is as much an issue as what you would have nearby to brace yourself.


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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

When a boat is well heeled , it's much easier to use a head facing fore and aft than one facing athwartships.

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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

Just make sure the part you sit on faces up

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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

We have an Air Head Composting toilet installed. It's athwartships. No issues beyond the fact that its a little taller (I built a little platform so you can rest your feet on it when sitting). We just replaced the original head with it.

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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

We just installed our Airhead Composting toilet and it faces athwartships. We had no room to place it facing fore or aft. The head we took out was athwartships as well.

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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

So what makes the Porta-Potty disgusting,and you think a new Composting Head won't be? Isn't that up to operator error? ........Dale

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So what makes the Porta-Potty disgusting,and you think a new Composting Head won't be? Isn't that up to operator error? ........Dale
Good point. I will grant that porta-potties are disgusting. We had one on a family boat when I was a kid. You never ever wanted emptying duty. Ever.

Composters are theoretically less disgusting, however, your last deposit is going to be pretty fresh when it comes time to wrap up and go. It's also going in a landfill that way. Plus, the pee bottle. That doesn't wig me out much, as I've had to go in a pilot relief tube more times than I can count. I even bring one unit aboard in the Fall, after we winterize the heads but have another weekend of winterizing. Much easier in the middle of the night to use a johnny bottle, then to walk ashore in the cold night. My wife, however, find the thing to be as tame as nuclear waste. I've been down the "pee is sanitary" route, but nothing doing.

And, for sure, operator error or malfunction on any marine head will cause nasty trouble. They all have their quirks.


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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

Cleanlyness is next to Godlyness; It really depends on the operator,not the equipment.
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Re: Orientation for Composting Head?

Hmm, I would think that either an Air Head or Nature’s Head facing athwartships would not empty into the pee bottle if you seat “facing to windward” while under sail. Therefore if you are about to do both A and B you will be getting liquids into the barrel. Am I wrong?

Like - hey Skip, can you please tack? I need to pee..
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