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Head conversion options?

I am close to purchase of a boat whose head is currently a direct discharge unit. I would like to convert it to something that can be used. I don't want to go the porta potti route. I would prefer something I could pump out. Are there options that avoid all the work and cost of plumbing a holding tank but still give me pump out capability? Thanks.
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Re: Head conversion options?

The West Marine site has a tech notes type of section that has some decent diagrams and options for adding a holding tank and related plumbing, maybe start there.. But it sounds like you want to pump out at each use, but not overboard? Not a practical plan.. A holding tank is a necessary evil unless you go to a composting head.

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They make portapottys that pump out! NO matter what you decide It can work well if you take care of it!..Dale

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Re: Head conversion options?

Since pumpouts are few and far between in our neck of the woods , we went with a supersize porta-potty . The toilet part is large and comfortable and the holding tank is about 5 gallons .

We can pump it out or carry it offboard if needed. When we are far enough offshore , its easy enough to dump overboard .

5 gallons does us for about a week .
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This was just discussed in this thread and you'll find some useful responses:
Installing a traditional head from scratch

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If you edit you personal information to include your location and boat it helps responders. In this case, we would know how big the boat is and where you sail (regulations vary).

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Re: Head conversion options?

Go for the composting head, either Airhead.com ( expensive ), natures head( less expensive), or C-head( far less expensive), or better still make your own composter( around $25 or less).

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Re: Head conversion options?

You don't say what size the boat is, that can make a difference, but you can try this:

SEALAND Head at West Marine

Otherwise, and this would be my suggestion, either an Air head, or a Nature's head composting toilet. Seems to me to be the best option to not have have to run plumbing.
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Re: Head conversion options?

The hands down best head setup I've ever used was on a BVI charter boat. The holding tank was built under the hull deck joint behind the head.

The inside face of it was vertical so it made a vertical "wall" on the hull side in the head compartment. I would assume the actual tank was wedge shaped as a result.

The beauty of it was that it was gravity draining - when you were in open (legal) water you just turned the valve - no pumping, no macerator, no nuthin' and it took up pretty useless space as well. Totally easy to rinse with fresh water as well - just open the valve and stick a hose in the deck fitting.

Definitely the way to go if you can fit it in your boat.
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The beauty of it was that it was gravity draining - when you were in open (legal) water you just turned the valve - no pumping, no macerator, no nuthin' and it took up pretty useless space as well. Totally easy to rinse with fresh water as well - just open the valve and stick a hose in the deck fitting.
The European plastics are now going this way as standard. A friend just bought an Oceanis 40 from Beneteau and both their holding tanks are gravity drainers. I'm thinking of converting mine the same.


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