I only use one bucket and I line
it with sheets
of newspaper (which composts) so that it stays clean when it's emptied. Because it's about fifty percent cover material, it's very light when it's full.
What you have to keep in mind about composting is that there's really no one right way to do it. Think about it. Everything is going to compost eventually given enough time. I could simply put the lid tight on my five gallon bucket, drill a 1/4" hole through it and leave it in the corner of my yard somewhere and in a couple of years it will have turned into humus.
As far as the pathogens go, they will die anyway. It just takes longer. I've read that you should let compost age for two years before using it agriculturally if it hasn't undergone thermophilic composting. It's really a non issue. If you are carrying the pathogens or worms yourself and thereby infecting the feces, then you really don't have to worry about catching it. You need to worry about getting rid of it.
I would imagine that you stand as good or better chance of actually making contact with pathogens during a pumpout than emptying a mostly dry and partially composted bucket of solids.
I hate marine
heads. Always have and always will. They stink, they leak, they get plugged up, they have to be rebuilt, they make you drill holes in the bottom of your boat, they stink, they force you to carry all that sewage which adds up to a crapload of weight, they spill when you get knocked down whereas a bucket has a snap on water
proof lid that you have to fight to get off and can probably be dropped from the spreader without spilling it's contents. Did I mention that they stink?
Seriously, I once sailed across the Atlantic and only used the head once. We were in an anchorage and it was an emergency
. That's how much I hate marine
I almost never pull up to a fuel dock
in my boat. Even when we were cruising, I fueled from jerry jugs. It's even easier to do that now that I live ashore. Taking care of a sealed bucket of partially composted manure once or twice a month is definitely easier than carrying and emptying jerry jugs of fuel
Take my word for it, it's a lot easier than having to take my boat someplace and usually in front of a gaggle of people, pump
out a bunch of foul smelling sewage from a boat. Using questionable equipment
that 15 minutes ago was pumping out someone elses' foul smelling raw sewage which for all I know does carry pathogens and worms. Hoping all the while that the previous user polluted a whole bunch of fresh water during the process to wash away any spillage onto the dock
and into the water.
To each his own i guess, but I would challenge anybody to come up with a less expensive, more reliable, less odoriferous way to take care of a very basic function than using another very basic function. Composting.
I was a skeptic too until I tried it.