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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 http://www.amazon.com/Reliance-Products-Bio-Blue-Deodorant-Packaged/dp/B0011MXVD4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1361412961&sr=8-4&keywords=porta+potty 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.
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They are great, about 20 feet of line and a square knot, and you have a emergency rudder if your boat is small enough.
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