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Re: Air Head Composting Toilet or Similar Mfg.
The big one-button big-flush head sounds like a good solution for a very large (extra weight and complexity no problem) craft that caters to the country club charter crowd. It is probably especially good if you have paid crew in charge of all the less appealing disposal and repair chores. If I were in your Topsiders I would make exactly the same decision, Cap'n.
As it is, our choices were limited by not only weight and complexity, but convenience, space, and time to devote to the least interesting aspect of overnight boating. We had picked out an electric head, with all the extra equipment, pump, water supply, chemicals, and behind-the-scenes effort it required, all nicey-nice whoosh, all-gone! technology, when our state politicians passed a no-treat-and-dump, even in wide-open water, law, and a pump-out log requirement. It was the smallest of straws, but that was it. As the poor dear in the viral video lamented, "Ain't nobody got time fo' dat."
The desiccating type head surely isn't for everyone, but so far, all of our guests have dealt with our low-tech solution with courage, flexibility, common sense and maturity, and most blessedly, without comment. (We have had the pleasure of choosing excellent friends!) Better yet, I haven't had to learn how to disentangle a macerator, worry about holding tank capacity far from the nearest working pumpout station, or replacing stinky hoses. If I can tolerate cleaning my kitten's litter box, tending to this C-Head is a considerably less obnoxious chore.
Finally, it occurs to me that well-kept composting heads are lots nicer than those ubiquitous portapotties lined up at outdoor events, which the masses seem to use without any difficulty or emotional scarring. Obviously, the luxury crowd avoids fairgrounds, air shows, campgrounds, and other low-class venues. The bathrooms at the polo grounds are solid carved marble, dahling.