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02-21-2013 12:02 AM
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.
02-20-2013 09:32 PM
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 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.
02-20-2013 09:28 PM
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.
02-20-2013 07:21 PM
Brent Swain
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.
02-20-2013 08:41 AM
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.
02-19-2013 02:05 PM
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.
02-19-2013 01:38 PM
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.

Dot and John
02-19-2013 01:18 PM
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

I remember one day after a lovely sail, sitting dockside, having a cold libation, waiting for the sunset. Then - five guys came down the dock, carrying their little briefcases full of - well, full of whatever they were full of.
Ruined the entire evening.
Hey, we were coming into an anchorage in the Caribbean and motored by a hard chined steel boat that looked like it had taken a few laps around the marble. The old guy on board walked out onto the swim platform on the stern, dropped trow', bent his bum over the water, and unloaded the remains of his unholy french cooking into the sea.
02-19-2013 01:08 PM
Re: What is so bad about a Porta Potti?

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.
02-19-2013 10:59 AM
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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