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12-13-2006 07:31 PM
wumhenry
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Originally Posted by Irwin32
I seriouslyconsidered the Airhead a year ago. I finally decided not to go with it for 2 reasons. One, the liquid container only held something like 2 or 3 gallons. Two, my boat is stored over the winter and that would mean keeping that fan going for long stretches when I am not around to check on it.
If you emptied it when putting the boat in storage maybe you wouldn't need the fan. I'm assuming you don't need to poop in the boat toilet while the boat's in winter storage.
12-13-2006 04:24 AM
pigslo The airhead was designed to use a solar driven vent.
12-12-2006 11:50 PM
Irwin32 I seriouslyconsidered the Airhead a year ago. I did speak with a friend who had sailed aboard a boat with one and was told there was no odor. I finally decided not to go with it for 2 reasons. One, the liquid container only held something like 2 or 3 gallons. Two, my boat is stored over the winter and that would mean keeping that fan going for long stretches when I am not around to check on it.
12-12-2006 10:55 PM
wumhenry
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Originally Posted by TrueBlue
Most people we know with cruising sailboats (like us), spend as little time at dock as possible and whether just in the Bay (discharge prohibited) or offshore, are out cruising/sailing whenever possible. These are the types of boaters that require more holding than what a portapotti allows.

I would suspect however, that many with portapottis, dump their small capacity portapotti tanks overboard - but would never admit it.
Is dumping bluegoo from a portapotty worse than discharging raw sewage through a Y valve? I wouldn't think so.
12-12-2006 04:07 PM
poopdeckpappy Thetford and Sealand both have MSD series Porta Potty's that can be plumbed for a pumpout station, good for a few days on the water, but not much longer
12-12-2006 04:01 PM
Jotun
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Originally Posted by TrueBlue
Thankfully, we haven't had to deal with a portapotti's sloshing blue liquid since the late eighties. However, ever have to unclog a manual head valve, after a crew member dumped then wiped up with half a roll of tp? Not a task for the faint of stomach.
I'm still laughing 5 minutes later! I guess it is my third-grade sense of humor.
12-12-2006 03:20 PM
PBzeer If docked, I never use the head. What doesn't go in, doesn't have to come out. So far, a locally created product, TankTamer, has taken care of any odors from using the head.
12-12-2006 03:13 PM
TrueBlue Most people we know with cruising sailboats (like us), spend as little time at dock as possible and whether just in the Bay (discharge prohibited) or offshore, are out cruising/sailing whenever possible. These are the types of boaters that require more holding than what a portapotti allows.

I would suspect however, that many with portapottis, dump their small capacity portapotti tanks overboard - but would never admit it.
12-12-2006 03:00 PM
egood We have both an Lectrosan and a holding tank. We use the tank when restrictions prevent dumping of any type. When cruising we use the Lectrosan for eco purposes because I am adverse to dumping raw sewage. The Lectrosan is also useful when pumpout facilities are not available e.g.Bahamas
12-12-2006 02:59 PM
CaptKermie Gee, the marina I moor at has a porta-pottie dump-out station right at the entrance at the end of the customs dock. Just stop by on the way in, empty the pottie and rinse it with the hose they supply, real easy. Also in Canadian waters off the Pacific coast they still allow dumping into the strait, but that is currently under review. I have had my boat for 4 seasons now and can count on one hand how many times I needed it. I am regular enough to know when to be ashore. Actually the head belongs to my wife and it only gets heavy use when on multi-day cruising in the islands, I still manage to make it ashore, but am still assigned the ugly chore and I have yet to get the goo on my hands. We mostly day sail with a few trips during vacation season.
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