I dunno, a head that worked for 28 years can hardly be said to be "bottom end of the spectrum," seems to me.IMHO - It's at the bottom end of the spectrum. My boat came with one. It only lasted 28 years, ...
Sorry, that flew right by meI was being tongue in cheek.
I think not. I'm pretty sure Jabsco, and perhaps others, make cheaper units.... the Head-Mate is, I think, the cheapest MSD on the market.
Or maybe because it's "just good enough?"I think that is probably the main reason so many manufacturers install it as original equipment.
Yup. But is the PHII enough better than the Head-Mate to justify tossing a perfectly good (other than the pump, in our case) Head-Mate to buy a PHII? When I asked that question here, months ago, the opinion was "No."A PS review recommended the Raritan PHII over the Head-Mate, as does Peggy Hall, the self-proclaimed "Head Mistress".
Sorry, that flew right by me
I think not. I'm pretty sure Jabsco, and perhaps others, make cheaper units.
Or maybe because it's "just good enough?"
Yup. But is the PHII enough better than the Head-Mate to justify tossing a perfectly good (other than the pump, in our case) Head-Mate to buy a PHII? When I asked that question here, months ago, the opinion was "No."
Truth be told: From what I've read, pretty much all marine toilets are nasty, undependable things whose only redeeming feature is that sometimes they more-or-less work for a while, if you're lucky.
All that being said, it is still just a toilet and probably just as likely to fail as any of them. Whatever meets the budget and floats the boat. But I will say that if you can swing a household size versus a marine size, you will be a happier man!!
GBurton,No blockages for us, even with 2 kids that do not always follow the 4 square rule.
We had one [WC Headmate] aboard our previous boat and, like CD, had no blockage issues even with multiple kids and plenty of TP going through the system.
When the seals began to leak at about 15 years, I priced the rebuild kit, but I was able to purchase an entire brand new WC HeadMate for only about $10 more. So I swapped old for new.
My advice is use what you've got, and upgrade a few years down the road if you're unhappy. I'm sure you've got plenty of other equipment vying for your wallet!