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View Poll Results: Is it appropriate for a marina/yacht club toilet be called "head"?
Yes, it's "head" if there are boats not too far 24 68.57%
No, it's a "toilet" - "head" is on board a boat only 11 31.43%
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What should we call it

I had a "toilet" discussion with someone and following that I wonder what the general opinion may be on this important topic.

So, I think it is generally agreed that on a boat we call the most important compartment "head". But - do you think it's appropriate to call it "head" on shore at a nauticial-related place, like a marina or a yacht club? Or should it be called "toilet/restroom" etc.
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I am a former Marine. All toilets are heads regardless of the distance to water or a vessel.
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I am a former Marine. All toilets are heads regardless of the distance to water or a vessel.
lets hope you don,t need to call a plumber out. Hate to see the bill for fixing something as unususal as a head. Bad enough for a run of the mill toilet.
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Retired Navy here.... It is a head to us Sailors... To the landlubbers? Well they are not sure what it is; lavatory, restroom, bathroom, loo, etc... See! They don't know what to call it.

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Growing up, Dad called all toilets heads and I just do the same thing as dear old Dad, much like everything else, all us kids did. It's generally out of habit but I find myself calling it a bathroom or toilet in a Chinese restaurant for just one example almost automatically simply to avoid confusion/strange looks. So all toilets are heads regardless of location as Hbar says.


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U.S.M.C. calls ALL heads "HEADS" no matter where it might be ship / land / outhouse / corner of the bar ect....

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Until I joined the Marine Corps it was an outhouse...since then, it is a head!

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It is always a head .....unless I am ashore and looking for one. Then it is whatever the locals call it, a men's room, un gabinetto, a loo etc. When I need one, I want to find it, not get involved in semantics.

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I think the determining factor is whether you're a sailor or a landlubber primarily.... If you're a sailor (or a jarhead) then you're talking about heads... landlubbers call them toilets, restrooms, bathrooms, etc....

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..with the added caveat that sometimes if you're talking to landlubbers you just gotta break down and say..."toilet"....

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