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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.

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Paulo
05-07-2010 10:22 AM
CGMojo
Yes!

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
JohnRPollard
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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
2Gringos
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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
JohnRPollard
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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
CGMojo
Liveaboard

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.

michael
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...
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