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 Post subject: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2017 22:21 
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Good Evening,

I was not able to find much information about using a compost toilet. Has anyone made the switch and if so, any advice? Thanks.

Jesse

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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 02 Sep 2017 22:58 
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StuartSailor wrote:
Good Evening,

I was not able to find much information about using a compost toilet. Has anyone made the switch and if so, any advice? Thanks.

Jesse



We're picking ours up tomorrow. Don't have experience yet, but will check back in after a couple weeks of using it and let you know.


 
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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 04 Sep 2017 03:06 
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We would like to learn more also, we don't know much yet but it sounds easier to remove waste than making a trip to a pump-out station and never really achieving a clean empty holding tank again. I'm thinking of the potential space it could save also.

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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 02 Jan 2018 20:01 
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I had many expenses to contend with this past year so I elected to stay with my rarity and replace the pump. However, I am still very interested in a composte head down the road. Any feedback with your new unit? Thanks.

Jesse

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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 02 Jan 2018 20:02 
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Of course I should have spell checked myself. Embarassed I mean Raritan of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 11 Jan 2018 23:30 
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So far we're very happy with ours. We got a C-Head. We pulled out the full system including the 15 gallon holding tank in the vberth which opened up a lot of extra storage space.

The only downside is that we had to get the "Box Angled Back Model" in order to have enough clearance for the door to close which meant going from a 5 gallon bucket to a 3 gallon bucket. So as a liveaboard our time between cleaning it out is only a couple weeks when not at the dock instead of a month.

Our previous head was awful. Constantly leaking, and always smelly. There is absolutely zero smell what-so-ever when the head is not open (being used). Even then the smell is not bad, and comes mostly from the liquids. The solid waste doesn't ever seem to smell - which is amazing.

Now if we could only get rid of the diesel smell we'd be doing great!


 
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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 01 Feb 2018 11:32 
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Able Bodied Seaman,

I understand you had to go smaller to fit the C-Head but did you have to cut anything in the head to fit the C-Head?

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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 02 Feb 2018 13:08 
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No we didn't modify anything on the boat itself. We removed the old head which left us with the glassed in "step" part of the floor pan. We attached a large piece of starboard with an overhang that has just enough clearance for the door to close. This creates enough room to rest your feet in a comfortable seated position on the step, but also has plenty of room for your feet underneath when standing.

Attached is a terrible photo... but hopefully it helps illustrate the idea.


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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 08 Feb 2018 11:46 
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Sorry to be joining the discussion so late. We installed an 'Airhead' last July and are loving it. They have two models and one has the curved to fit close to the hull. Service has been excellent. No modifications except to build a bit of a foot rest the same height as the platform. Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions or would like me to text you some pics.
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 Post subject: Re: Composte Head Inquiry
PostPosted: 09 Feb 2018 09:03 
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Glad to see this thread and idea! This sounds like a great upgrade to eliminate plumbing, macerator, smelly tank, and free up more space under the v berth. Anybody comment on the negatives? Further improvements: could you plumb the liquid tank to empty to sea using the to-sea thru hull?

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