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Old 07-19-2014, 11:58 AM   #21
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Black hole.
Got sucked in.

Talk about a metaphor for boat ownership, yet it's only about poop... wait...
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:44 PM   #22
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My humble opinion on heads: install new

When I bought my 1980 Marine Trader 41 in 2007, the holding tank and associated hoses had not been used in some time. The previous owner disconnected them, left them in place and discharged to sea. I threw out the head, all the hoses, and the holding tank. I bought a brand new Sealand Dominec system. This consisted of a manual jabsco head, holding tank with macerator pump and a tank watch system and sanitary hoses. At the time I think it was around $1500 . I did all the work myself as it wasn't that complicated. I use an RV organic waste additive to digest the effluent in the tank, and then flush the system with fresh water before going back to the dock. It has given me 7 trouble free years. Having to deal with a previous owners old head and holding tank, especially considering the small cost, doesn't make any sense at all.
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Old 11-19-2014, 03:56 PM   #23
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saw your post ans realized I had not posted my new system

everything new except the tank

tank is in great shape and will take a little carpentry work when I replace it
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Old 11-19-2014, 05:16 PM   #24
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What type of capacity are you looking for?

I have a toilet with an integrated tank, I want to say Sealand model that is used in RV's and Boats. It has a peddle on the side for the flush. For something that isn't going to be used many times a day by many people, it works great. The bowl goes directly into the tank which is easy to inspect just by killing the water and pushing down on the peddle. Not that I recommend doing that for fun but no level sending units, no guesswork, etc.

Sure it takes up slightly more room and is maybe a few inches taller than most heads but you lose a lot of additional plumbing and tankage problems. Perfect for a single liveaboard or average cruiser.
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