SailNet Community - Reply to Topic
Thread: Dirty question: do you put toilet paper in the head? Reply to Thread
Send Trackbacks to (Separate multiple URLs with spaces) :
Post Icons
You may choose an icon for your message from the following list:

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

  Additional Options
Miscellaneous Options

Click here to view the posting rules you are bound to when clicking the
'Submit Reply' button below

  Topic Review (Newest First)
05-07-2010 01:02 PM
PCP I don't flush the paper and I am surprised with the poll results. All my boating friends do the same. The small inox (or plastic) container on the head is the place everybody put the papers (inside a plastic bag). Around here, only no boaters on a boat flush the papers.


05-07-2010 10:22 AM

No baggies or sanitary wipes (they're cloth and get jammed in the blades), but I think it came from Asplundh and can handle just about anything else. Combined with decent suction, it's best to be well clear when you hit the switch.
05-07-2010 10:19 AM
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
The only time I don't flush my TP is when I am on Pollards boat!!
So that explains the rank smell. We thought it was just your residual body odor! (You know, being a live-aboard and all.)

Which locker did you hide it in?

05-07-2010 10:14 AM
Originally Posted by CGMojo View Post
Full-time liveaboard last three years with a macerator head and real TP, no problems at all. Macerator makes chews the TP into teeney tiny pieces.
Does it work with Baggies?
05-07-2010 09:04 AM
Cruisingdad The only time I don't flush my TP is when I am on Pollards boat!!
05-07-2010 08:42 AM
Originally Posted by eryka View Post
.... I'd rather use a generous amount of comfortable TP, and bag it; than 4 squares of flimsy RV TP just for the "priviledge" of flushing it....
There's no "squares" limit on our boat. Just like at home, feel free to use whatever it takes.
05-06-2010 09:22 PM

Full-time liveaboard last three years with a macerator head and real TP, no problems at all. Macerator makes chews the TP into teeney tiny pieces.
05-06-2010 10:55 AM
catamount On my boat, we flush the TP. On my parents' boat, we bagged it. Depends on the details of pumps and plumbing.

One doesn't necessarily need special holding tank toilet paper -- test your regular paper by taking a sheet, putting it in a bucket with some water, stir every 10 minutes or whatever, and see how long it takes for the sheet to disintegrate.

We use TP made from recycled paper fiber, "Seventh Generation" is the brand in our area. It's what we use at home as well as on the boat. We haven't had any problems with it on the boat.
05-06-2010 10:30 AM
doubleeboy Most every long term cruising sailor I have met is in the no flush camp. Maybe its that they are older and like soft tp as opposed to that worthless marine tp that doesn't clog. I don't like being up to my elbows in muck, so I have joined the no tp down the head camp. I tell guests this before they come aboard, if they don't like it they can find some other boat to sail on for free.

I figure its pretty easy to put the waste paper in a plastic bag,and dispose of later. Taking a head apart is more difficult, easy choice for me.

05-06-2010 06:53 AM
2Gringos I got the answer....

an adjustable, damped down, pressure washer. Gives whole new meaning to the old 'save water, shower with a friend' stuff.....hey.. This could be fun...
This thread has more than 10 replies. Click here to review the whole thread.

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

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

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome