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Topic Review (Newest First)
04-15-2006 09:45 AM
AlainPOIRAUD
Lavac the best..

1°) A "LAVAC" too - I've had one in use for 13 years..
2°) A chemical one : Porti-potta
04-14-2006 11:48 PM
sailandoar
Lavac

Lavac.

Simple, reliable and with the addition of y-valves the lavac's diaphram pump can be an extra/emergency bilge pump located where you can comfortably/securly sit and pump in an emergency.
03-27-2006 07:15 PM
Sasha_V Is and airhead where you mount a toilet seat at the end of the boom and climb on out?

03-27-2006 09:01 AM
TrueBlue
What's the best head ? . . .

I also agree that Blake Lavacs are perhaps the best made, and trouble-free, heads in the world. We have two on our current boat and compared to previous heads we've owned, they get the job done in the simplest & most effective manner. Ours have Mark V Henderson diaphragm pumps, a remarkably simple but durable design, which unlike most head pumps, require minimal, if no routine service.

However, be prepared for some serious sticker-shock - they are pricey. Our aft cabin head bowl cover developed a slight crack, compromising the vacuum seal, important to the Lavac flushing principle. This was caused by our first holding tank pump-out. Unbeknownst to us, the Lavac head cover must be open before pumping out. Was I surprised to find Defender's "best" price at $140.00 . . . for a round piece of plastic.
03-27-2006 08:27 AM
Rungnar How about an Airhead? Rungnar
03-13-2004 01:51 PM
seame
What''''s the best Head (toilet).....

Definitely a lavac!
03-11-2004 03:12 PM
almostbroke
What''''s the best Head (toilet).....

I would also highly recommend the Lavac. I have had three different heads over the years, and the Lavac is definitely my throne of choice. It is simple to operate, and can be worked on easily. Look at it in the Defender catalog, it is English. I had a Baby Blake which had a Royal Doulton porcelain bowl before that, and while it was very pretty to look at, it does not compare in function to the Lavac.
I hope everything comes out alright in your choice.....
Jim
02-28-2004 05:39 PM
Sasha_V
What''''s the best Head (toilet).....

I know what you mean.

I went for the Lavac system. (They have two sizes. I went for the larger).

Unlike you we actually have a small boat (27) and the old head was mounted partway under the V-berth..which is pretty stupid as you need to get your partner to either get out of bed or at least roll-over and bury her head in the pillows and face the hull while you lift her side of the bed to get to the toilet. There is just no romantic way to do this!

Then it struck me like a bolt of pure inspiration!

The Navigators seat!

It is at the other end of the boat, near the companionway. It alread has a shower curtain type screen to protect the chart area in case there is spray blowing in....

I just rebuilt the chair so that it was a pad-topped box. The top hinges out of the way and there is the head, in all its glowy (the inside of the box-lid has a toilet pepar holder). There is even "elbow room"!

Best of all, it combines the two most "under utilised" areas of the boat into the same space (you use your galley and settes about 20 times more then you use either your head or you nav station). It has earned a lot of bad jokes...but I couldn''t be more pleased with the results.

Sasha
12-12-2003 04:44 AM
sadie14
What''''s the best Head (toilet).....

Get a 5 gallon bucket and a seat that you like. Simple, no parts, deep bowl.
12-12-2003 01:55 AM
sv_diligence
What''''s the best Head (toilet).....

The one that costs the least and can be discarded after 2 years.
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