OK, you guys convinced me to convert!!
After 30 years, I found that keeping my old Raritan electric/manual hand pumped heads working and not leaking was nearly impossible. *After following this string for a while, I ordered a raw water Sea Era conversion kit last week for the forward head. WMJ Marine online had it for $403 including two day delivery. *
That was yesterdays project and I mean all of yesterday. *Like every boat project, it started first by removing the old (a little messy in this case). Then a margarita break, clean up the mess left from all the previous water leaks, (another margarita break). Setting in and fitting the Sea Era base for proper spacing. *Totally different bolt down pattern and spacing of course, which means you must fill the old holes. *
After another Margarita break, I felt confident enough that all was right, to mark and drill the new bolt holes and mount the old China bowl to the Sea Era base (This is the easiest part, 20 minutes tops!)
After a trip to the fruit stand for more stawberries (for the margaritas of course) I proceeded to the final installation, mounting the assembly, re-routing and trimming inlet and discharge hoses and electrical to fit and the final bolt down.
I kept the old seawater intake and the conversion went really very well. *Just keep in mind that the new base will sit differently than the old toilet assembly. *You will most likely have to relocate some of the hoses to fit properly. *If your old head was electric be sure and replace your old switch with the new switch provided, (it carries more amperage).
As long as you have some basic skills and don't mind standing on your head in small spaces, anyone can do this conversion. *Other than three barrel connectors, everything else needed was included in the kit. *It works great and I highly recommend the conversion to anyone waivering on the edge!!
p.s. *The margarita's really do help.*