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copacabana 10-16-2012 02:26 PM

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Sure, I remember what C&C said. I believe the problem was more related to the size and the fact they had no door on their loo rather than the head itself. At any rate, anyone thinking of installing one should visit a boat that has one installed, ask questions and UNDERSTAND how they work in real life. BTW, C&C are one of only 3 boats, that I know of, who had a composting toilet who didn't like it.

misfits 10-16-2012 03:07 PM

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My boat is still a work in progress but I'm planning on installing an airhead.
For me this frees up the room for another water tank & I don't have to worry about dealing with pump outs.

Brent Swain 10-16-2012 03:12 PM

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A footrest in the right spot takes care of the height problem. I live in a 31 footer, with the head aft. Having a regular marine head doesnt change its position on the boat.
A regular marine head is anything but sanitary, carrying around hoses and a pump full of wet sewage. Wait until it breaks down. Then they will find out how "sanitary " it is. Composters dont break down, and will never sink your boat.The advantage of a composter is you get to clean the area around the head every time you dump it, an area which rarely gets cleaned around a regular marine head.

LauderBoy 10-16-2012 05:32 PM

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Originally Posted by SimonV (Post 934172)
And again, no one that owns and uses one mentions the little problem of the tinny flies.

I've owned a Nature's Head for close to 2 years now. I'm a full time liveaboard in Florida. I've had problems with fruit fly infestations. But Raid flying insect spray takes care of it. Just spray it into the composting area bin. It doesn't at all hurt the composting process.

kjzerr 10-16-2012 10:15 PM

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Thank you to everyone for your input. I think from what I've read that I will go with the composting toilet.

Pegu club 10-17-2012 12:29 AM

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I am going to piggyback on this and say thanks for the range of info, I suspect The admiral and me will go the composting toilet way when the time comes to pull the trigger on a boat of our own.

richardb123 12-04-2012 08:14 PM

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We've had ours (Nature's Head) for several years, and it has performed well. My neighbour has the Airhead, which he also likes. All marketing hoo haa aside, they are both good units that do what they are supposed to do. Some of the biased stuff said above is just not true, by the way. Advantages or disadvantages of either are minimal.

Overall, it's a great way to go. We eliminated the faint but always present odor we had with our (expensive!) holding tank system. This thing does not stink - at all. This alone is reason enough to have it, for us. You put toilet paper in it, no problem.

Pee is sterile, not a health risk and easy to get rid of. However, the CG tells me that while it is legal to pee overboard, it's not legal to pee in a bottle and pull it over board (they laughed with me on this, and saw the absurdity of it). So be sensible, and discreet.

The compost, containing recent poops, gets dumped in a toilet in a marine park or ashore. With two of us full time, this had to be done every six weeks. Or, if we are not travelling we let it fully compost in a bin at home, for a few months, then put it on the plants.

We gained a huge space when we removed the holding tank. And it felt great getting rid of all those hoses and fittings, and a pump - all of which stank, clearly, when removed. It all stinks. If we are honest, most of us have to admit with holding tank systems we get the odd whiff, especially if the boat has been closed up for a couple of weeks. These composting toilets just do not stink. No, they are not unsanitary. They are suitable for up to 2 full time users, more part time. I would never even consider going back. It's the best invention since self steering.

We had great service from this guy, but there are others.

richardb123 12-13-2012 06:25 PM

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Yes, they are sanitary. If there are any marks in the bowl after use, you moisten a paper towel with water, maybe a little vinegar, and clean it. Or spray a little water in the bowl, then wipe clean. I'm squeamish, so I put the paper towel on a paint stick that lives beside the toilet. It is no more unsanitary that using a toilet brush at home, and storing it beside the toilet.

Brent Swain 12-13-2012 09:16 PM

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Originally Posted by chrisncate (Post 961149)
We found the Natures Head to not separate at the urine diverter very well (allowing a lot of pee into the poop part). We found the whole experience of using the Natures Head (or any composting head) to be fairly gross. We are in the minority on this, but it's how we felt about it. We really wanted to like it, but just couldn't.

If I had it to do over again and had the same parameters (no through hulls), I'd go cedar bucket or plastic bucket with a seat. Buck it and chuck it, and save the $800.


I never liked the trap door over the big hole ( Conservative birth canal). So I just raised the lip around it, and went for a lift out stainless lid from the thrift store. No liquids getting into the compost, and a far simpler solution. I just remove it when taking a dump. The rest of the time it keeps the compost drier.
No complaints with mine. Cost me under $25 to build. I'd never go back to a traditional head.

wolfenzee 12-13-2012 09:44 PM

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I have an Air Head, the only one similar to it is the "Nature's head" almost identical in overall design, a tad cheaper....but consrtuction quality of the "Nature's Head leaves a big gap. Everyone I know who has pucaseedd a Nature's Head either returned it or gave it away and bought an "Air Head". The foot print ismost identical to aa port-i-pottie, but it's 6" taller and more substantial. Quite simply of the composting heads available, the Air Head is the best (about $985). Mine fit perfectly where my portipottie was and the air vent came out just below my Dorade box.

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