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post #11 of 37 Old 05-04-2010
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Yes and with no restrictions. We've been boating and following this unrestricted use for 12 years and have only had to unplug the head once and that is when the daughter of one of my friends flushed a tampax. 10 minute job to unbolt the connection and retrieve the tampax, but wouldn't you know it, she didn't want it back!


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As long as the paper gets good and wet, no problems so far. I tell guests to flush the solids then use the paper and flush again. Two minor flushes instead of a whole bowl full of nasty. 25 year old Raritan (knocking on porcelain). But then I also tell them to make sure to use the can in the marina before we go out.
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I shudder to think what you do with it otherwise!

Ten years on the current boat & head and have been using the "traditional" method of disposal without incident the whole time.

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Flush TP without issue.

When new crew or guests come on board, and periodically for frequent guests, I make the following speech:

"Consider the size of the hoses and valves. See this (show joker valve)? Everything has to go through it. In the event that you clog the head by using too much toilet paper I will happily stand in the door to the head and pass you tools and advice while you clear it."

Only one clog in four years, and that from someone who demonstrably had no clue at all.

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I shudder to think what you do with it otherwise!
Ditto.

Boatload of kids. Never had any problems flushing tp.

The toilets are designed to handle tp. Paper is easier for them to handle than most things you've eaten.


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plastic bag it and take it to shore just like the even stinkier bag of garbage--tp is no stinkier than is regular garbage--i feed the biodegradable stuff to fishies and burdees while at sea and punch holes in the metal items needing disposal--someone has to return the metals and metal salts to the earth--but never let it float!!! i double bag everything and there is no stink in the boat---the fuel docks and places to stopover always have garbage and trash containers so isnt a problem--even in mexico and virgin islands.....the boatsafe tp is sooo easily broken down as to be useless in its assigned job---therefore i never buy it--i choose the big job tp--charmin ultra strong mega rolls lol.....doesnt fall apart in hand....that is not fun. i have lived on board since 1990----and the WORST thing i have ever found was boat safe tp.

nothing goes into the head on my boat hasnt been ingested first.....


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15 years. No clogs. Always flush. We only use marine grade/rv grade TP. It dissolves quickly. Not as good as your friendly Charmin, but dissolves better.

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I wonder how many who flush tp live on their boats?

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I wonder how many who flush tp live on their boats?
Cruisingdad lives on his boat.

I've never been permanent live-aboard. I've done several multi-month stints, but the longest I've lived aboard continuously was about 3 months. We typically had a crew of 5-8 on board with that single head. So it got used plenty and the one time it ever had trouble was with a feminine product from a guest (language barrier). TP -- never an issue.

On our current boat much the same -- lots of kids and guests, all flushing with tp. No problems.

I don't subscribe to the "only what comes out of you" rule. Like I said, soft pliable tp is not nearly as challenging for the plumbing as some of what exits your body. Ask Sailhog.

Sorry, but the whole "bagging" idea makes me gag. To each their own, I suppose.


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Sorry, but the whole "bagging" idea makes me gag. To each their own, I suppose.
I know what you mean, but the "house rule" when we sail the Caribbean (and are anchored in shallow areas) is that you use the bag... it's remarkable what a person can get used to!

It's not so bad, and as long as you seal the bag and you're careful to make regular 'garbage runs' when you can there's no more residual odor than when flushing the works....

btw here at home it's flushed - the only head disassembly we've had to do was for excessive human contribution (talk about YUK) and another time a niece accidentally flushed a clothespeg.

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