What is so bad about a Porta Potti? - Page 4 - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > General Interest > General Discussion (sailing related)
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree1Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #31  
Old 02-20-2013
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 40
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 0
polaris2.11 is on a distinguished road
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

We're all for the bucket (with tight fitting lid) and the double doodie bags. Easy to carry out into the cockpit for a view. Much tidier than the PP. It would be nice to have a proper seat for the bucket though.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #32  
Old 02-20-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,349
Thanks: 19
Thanked 33 Times in 32 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Brent Swain is on a distinguished road
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

Porta potties don't separate the liquids from the solids, meaning you have to empty them far more often that a composter, which separates them.
__________________
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #33  
Old 02-20-2013
fallard's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Mystic
Posts: 903
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 5
fallard is on a distinguished road
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

We've had a PP on one boat for 21 years and a proper head/holding tank on the bigger boat for the past 17 years. If you don't need the holding capacity, the PP is fine, although the guys need to get closer to control the splatter, as another poster has said.

Emptying the PP if it has a swing spout and vent button like our Thetford is a simple matter. Emptying a holding tank, on the other hand, is typically much less convenient. Since the PP is fairly effective on odor control and aesthetics (hiding the mess), I see no reason for a bucket or similar primitive methods unless you are a real cheapskate.

I suppose there are environmental types who might object to the chemicals, but if your PP waste ends up in a municipal sewage system, it's hard to imagine any measurable harm to the environment.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #34  
Old 02-20-2013
sailguy40's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 306
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
sailguy40 is on a distinguished road
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

I use my PP on my 22ft all the time both #1 and #2. I even left it for a few months (after many numbers 1's and a couple #2's) without emptying and I went to empty it and was expecting bad odor but it was nothing worse then it was when I emptied every week. What I did was use this stuff
Amazon.com: Reliance Products Bio-Blue Toilet Deodorant Packaged (12-Pack): Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: Reliance Products Bio-Blue Toilet Deodorant Packaged (12-Pack): Sports & Outdoors


If I would leave my boat for a while, I would drop one or two of these in the tank depending on how much I used it. When I emptied, it would all be blue and liquified and help keep odors down. Normally I empty the holding tank when it get's full. This could be over a couple weekends or even more at times. Note that I would never smell any odor on my boat regardless of how long I went without emptying. Only time I would smell odor was when it was flushed but I kept a can of air freshner spray by PP and just spray after flush. When anyone came onboard my boat, I would tell them to use the PP, that is what it is there for. I used mine whenever I needed to without hesitation I will tell you that much.

This said, one of the boats I am looking at buying now has a PP. On a bigger boat like these I would rather a fixed marine head. I am wondering if someone can recommend a good marine head? The boat originally had one in it and if I get the boat I want to put one of these back in.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #35  
Old 02-21-2013
capt.roxanne's Avatar
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Destin Florida
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
capt.roxanne is on a distinguished road
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

They are great, about 20 feet of line and a square knot, and you have a emergency rudder if your boat is small enough.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Chaninging from Porta-Potti to pump out cb32863 Gear & Maintenance 13 06-01-2012 02:58 AM
PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising? SailMonkey General Discussion (sailing related) 44 05-31-2012 11:23 AM
Porta Bote lancelot9898 Gear & Maintenance 8 03-03-2009 02:42 AM
Block Island, RI & a porta potti kwf05001 Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11 04-24-2008 02:17 PM
porta potties? jbarros Gear & Maintenance 6 01-02-2003 06:41 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:43 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.