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Re: Small pocket cruiser with marine head
I had a Catalina 250 for 7 years. It has a very nice enclosed head for such a small boat (including a sink), and an open cabin layout that allows multipurpose use of interior space. Also a nice, queen-size berth under the cockpit. We did a couple of overnights every year on it, sometimes sleeping in the bow, sometimes in the aft berth. The default configuration out of the factory had a Porta-Potti in the head, but mine had a marine head with holding tank. This is a very different design from the ubiquitous Catalina 25, which also has its fans.
Regardless of what boat you get, I would suggest that you get some clarification on the exact policy that is actually enforced. Are people able to get away with a Porta-Potti? Your best bet might be to talk to other marina tenants to see what they actually enforce, since I think the difference between a Porta-Potti and full head is negligible for one-night stays. And how do they actually enforce their policy against overnight stays for non-compliant boats? I doubt they do bed checks.
I do recall that my prior marina had signs promising immediate eviction for anyone who emptied their Porta Potti in the marina bathrooms. Maybe they have a similar policy, so if you're able to get away with just a Porta Potti, you may need to take the tank home with you to dispose of it.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
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