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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

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You will carry water and fuel to and from the boat far more often than your porta-potti yet that does not make you from worry about tripping.
Trip and fall with a jerry can of fuel or water, it won't spill. and you will be emptying your porta-potty more often than your fuel tank..especially with two people on board.
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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

This is just my 2 cents and its all its worth. Just curious what is the difference between carting a few gallons in a tote bag or having 50 gallons of **** under your bed. I have been a constant in the marine industry for over 25 years and been on hundreds if not thousands of boats 100% of them with holding tanks stink like crap. I always hear people say my boat doesn't stink but when I go aboard I can smell it, they are just used to living in it. One good option is a WAG bag that can be legally dumped in the trash and there is no smell. Regardless of what we choose all systems have their draw backs but its a small price to pay for the freedom cruising represents. I have been on the bucket system 365 days a year for 5 years and have no issues and violate no rules.
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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

If you trip and fall your porta-potti tank will not spill either, they seal very well.
In a weeks worth of cruising with 4 men aboard, we never had to empty the porta-potti. Generally, you wait till you are on land to do your business and use the porta-potti in the middle of the night or whenever there is no land available.
Getting rid of the porta-potti got rid of two thru hull valves thus making my boat safer.
For those who think that women want a "real head", it was my wife who convinced me to change from a marine head to porta-potti. No more disgusting plumbing operations when someone puts something in the head that clogs a valve.
If you want complications and expense, get a marine head, if you want simple and cheap, get a porta-potti.
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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

The absolute easiest holding tank to take care of, is one that is used every day and cycled routinely. The tough ones are when you leave the boat at the slip all week and come back next weekend. The later can still be made odor free, but you need to be very diligent with flushing enough water, keeping everything but human waste out of the tank and have proper ventilation. Adding aerobic bacteria starter helps. Chemical odor disguises will eventually fail and stink and that is what most people use.

You can not translate weekend warrior marine head to a cruising experience. Totally different.

And a marine head absolutely positively does not need to smell.

Do you flush a minimum of 1 full gallon of clean water, after you move the contents out of the bowl every time? 99.99999% of boaters do not. The psychology of taking up room in the holding tank kills them.
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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

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This is just my 2 cents and its all its worth. Just curious what is the difference between carting a few gallons in a tote bag or having 50 gallons of **** under your bed. I have been a constant in the marine industry for over 25 years and been on hundreds if not thousands of boats 100% of them with holding tanks stink like crap. I always hear people say my boat doesn't stink but when I go aboard I can smell it, they are just used to living in it. One good option is a WAG bag that can be legally dumped in the trash and there is no smell. Regardless of what we choose all systems have their draw backs but its a small price to pay for the freedom cruising represents. I have been on the bucket system 365 days a year for 5 years and have no issues and violate no rules.
Are you saying you use the WAG bag with the bucket? If not, how would waste be legally disposed in a no discharge area?

BTW, the PO of my boat circumnavigated with just a bucket. (the head was removed from the boat).
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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

The old cedar (sheetrock) bucket is always the best option. It works right on deck when singlehanding, never gets clogged, never needs to be pumped out, no nasty chemicals required. The only drawback is the circle it leaves on your butt.
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The old cedar (sheetrock) bucket is always the best option. It works right on deck when singlehanding, never gets clogged, never needs to be pumped out, no nasty chemicals required. The only drawback is the circle it leaves on your butt.
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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?

If I can use shore-side facility's I do, where it is legal to dump it overboard I do all the rest of time I use a wag bag. I know a guy here who has a 70' yacht and no marine heads, he is a MD and agrees that there is nothing more disgusting than a holding tank filled with human refuse. I could write a book about all the issues I have experienced with holding tanks including ruining a near new Erikson 38 when the holding tank cracked, no amount of money was able to get rid of the smell.
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If I can use shore-side facility's I do, where it is legal to dump it overboard I do all the rest of time I use a wag bag. I know a guy here who has a 70' yacht and no marine heads, he is a MD and agrees that there is nothing more disgusting than a holding tank filled with human refuse. I could write a book about all the issues I have experienced with holding tanks including ruining a near new Erikson 38 when the holding tank cracked, no amount of money was able to get rid of the smell.
Agree with you. The last thing you want to being doing is working on the head/vavles/hoses/holding tank while at sea during rough weather. Most of us would already be at least slightly sea sick (or feeling a little "off") and working on the smelly stuff in the bilge of the boat could easily put us over the edge. Every boat I have ever been on has had at least one problem with the head while at sea during a passage. The things are mechanical and its not "if" but "when" they will break.
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Thanks, I've seen those but always hesitate because it's one more piece of stuff to find a place for. Maybe a piece of foam tubing of some sort?? One thing about buckets is that they are not very stable in a rough sea.
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