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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

Add us to the C-Head fan club. After a year, we find it entirely odor-free, very easy to maintain, and have had no cleaning or urine overflow problems. For men whose whole self-concept is tied to their very-special ability to stand up to pee, I invite them to either get over their little hangup or to head for the lee rail... Most men cannot aim nearly as well as they seem to think they can, and I am on that boat to enjoy myself, not to clean up splattered urine. Ick!!
The size of the C-Head is far superior, for our boat, anyway, to the other two composters. it is narrow, requires no side room for the crank, and is no taller than the toilet at home, thus no platform, no extra overhead room, or footrest necessary.
Emptying the urine container is not a problem for us... Carrying a gallon jug to the restroom when we stop for fuel is easy and inconspicuous. Nobody would even imagine the terribly illegal dumping of a jug over the side or in the nearest shoreside wilderness bushes before bedtime..and perish the very idea of rinsing that jug down the sink with the grey water. The used peat/poop goes neatly into a ventilated secondary container, very quick, odorless and easy job, for months later disposal ashore.
We know there are fastidious folk who are grossed out by compost, but fine and dandy with gallons of sewage beneath their bunks, flapper valves, stinky hoses, chemicals, and such. They are ok with waiting their turn at the nearest pumpout station on a beastly hot day, (if it is even operating), keeping a pumpout log-required by law in some areas, unclogging, er, 'unapproved deposits' by uncooperative guests, and replacing worn out or broken components at the worst possible time, but are horrified at the couple of minutes required to dump a bucket of lumpy dried peat in a plastic bag every few weeks and disposing of it, along with the galley trash. Whatever! It is great to have choices, then, isn't it?
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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

I'm convinced, now I just have to remove the non-functioning 'full' msd system, convert the holding tanks to lockers and install a c head.
It's the first step I'm kinda having trouble with getting started on.
Is there a neutralizer I can add to my holding tank to help knock down any potential odor and avoid upsetting my neighbors? With the engine removed, it's kinda hard to get the boat to a pump out station.
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I'm convinced, now I just have to remove the non-functioning 'full' msd system, convert the holding tanks to lockers and install a c head.
It's the first step I'm kinda having trouble with getting started on.
Is there a neutralizer I can add to my holding tank to help knock down any potential odor and avoid upsetting my neighbors? With the engine removed, it's kinda hard to get the boat to a pump out station.
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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

We love our Airhead composting toilet and would never go back to a regular pump/holding tank system. Nasty!

One thing we did in preparation of removing our old system is to have our ducks in a row...rags handy and duck tape handy. Lift a hose off a connection, stuff it with a rag and duck tape it. Having a game plan meant we had no spillage. Except for the very lowest hose that was connected to the back lower portion of the commode. But, that was basically water...since we had pumped out the holding tank, and ran water thru all hoses and pipes and pumped again, before starting the project.

Also, if you can, have two people there to do the job. After stuffing and taping both ends of a hose, you still have to get it out of there. And you may have a 6' long piece. I pulled from one end while my hubs pushed from the other. Team work was very much needed, and appreciated, in the removal of the hoses.
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I am a poor sailor and most of my upgrades are "hand me downs" from rich sailors that wanted "the latest greatest"....also I very rarely (especially for expensive boat gadgets) pay retail...but a composting head is something I was willing to bite the bullet on and pay full price. Just so happens a friend of mine bought an Air-head and tried to use it on land with 3 people, that plus several other things made kept it from working properly....so he gave it to me.
What I am trying to say is it's wort it.....and is one of the few things where the "marine" version is cheaper than the land version.

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...since we had pumped out the holding tank, and ran water thru all hoses and pipes and pumped again, before starting the project.
Thanks for the input, I just need to convince the Admiral she should be around for this little endeavor, especially if we empty the very full holding using the manual bilge pump and bucket method. The hardest part, getting it to a pump out station is why this project has not been started.
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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.

There's a non-composting waterless toilet that claims to be odor free and does let you wrap it up and throw it away, in much the same manner as baby diapers can be contained and disposed of. Its called the Dry Flush (www dot dry-flush dot com/ ) and boaters are said to have been buying them. I'd like to hear about its merits and demerits from any boater who's had experience with it.
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