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OK boys and girls... enough of this potty talk!
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Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

When I remodeled I built a 5 gallon bucket into the head with a toilet seat over top of it. Then made a fastening system so the bag wouldnt fall in. At your local plumbing outlet they sell a product used to deal with the water in a toilet when replacing. It is a powder that absorbs the liquid and turns to gel. This works great for #1 and takes care of any odor for a few days. Sometimes I come back the next day to straighten up the boat if we were out late. If someone needs to #2 the bag removal and disposal is on them. it helps to have another 5 gallon bucket with a lid for a holding tank on that unfortunate day when someone needs it. When I was using a porta potty it didnt matter what I did. There was always a spill somewhere between the head and the dumping station. The bag just makes more sense for the day/weekend sailer. Drop it in the trash can at the ned of the pier.
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Thank you all for your input. I am anxiously awaiting the UPS guy (or girl) to deliver the goods.
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We are going to leave our marine head installed in case a subsequent owner finds value in it. But, this upcoming season we will be doing the wag bags fitted into the head. Hey, if the Pardeys can do it, so can we.

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Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

The biggest challenge with a PP is capacity. Which is why larger boats have built in systems offering holding, pump out and overboard discharge and usually 10+ gallons. For lite use PPs are perfect and I used one for two years on my sailboat. They can get quite heavy when full so keep that in mind.

Also DO NOT get the type with the screw on cap on the bottom - these WILL leak. All the of the new ones have a solid bottom with a swiveling pipe to dump.

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Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

The original post seemed to imply that a bucket is the same as a porta potti. Not. A bucket's a bucket. At least a PP hides the excrement in the chamber.

I'd have problems with a bucket, too (unless every other system on board failed). I had no problem with the PP on our 22 footer.

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As somebody who has intestinal issues (crohnes disease) I would be unhappy with a bucket because I would be using several times a day (or a sail). They are also not as stable as a PP as they have nothing more than your weight holding them down to the deck.

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Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

One summer I placed the chemical powder for the PP in the holding tank. I did not realize that the powder drifted onto my shorts. After an afternoon of sailing and sweating, I looked down to see that the chemical powder mixed with perspiration and caused holes in the brand new shorts I was wearing. Moral--Use a liquid instead of a powder in the PP.

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Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

From a more technical standpoint every porta potty I have ever seen is amusingly enough the same size as the ones they sell for training children, as in freaking uselessly tiny.

I'm actually super skinny so its not a matter of width, but unless your a girl the bowl is a tad small for both #1 and #2 to make it in at the same time without serious awkwardness.
Guys can't use it standing up either unless you want it splattered everywhere (look at studies on pee splatter from standing height some time).

Then there is the matter of the comically small opening on the bottom of the bowl with usually almost no taper to the bowl and the lack of any sort of real quantity in flushing power. A cross wise #2 of any size and you are quite literally S.O.L.

And all is assuming you have no issue with cleaning it out.

So I would say on anything too small to have a decent size fixed toilet with a pump out its just not worth it.
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