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Old 06-10-2010, 18:45   #1
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Lavac install

I have finished the install of the Lavac on my Catalina 30. It turned out much better than expected, but as with all projects, it suffered from a bit of creep. I can't tell you how happy I am that I don't have to worry about the head spitting all over anymore!

I've started a blog to track these projects in one location. Here's a bit about the install and some photos:

This is my first boat plumbing project. And, flush with success, (sorry about the pun) my wife has already added a plumbing category to the "project list."

The most important lesson I took away from this project is: "If there's something odd about the way a PO did something watch out. They had a reason, and it's usually not good."

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I installed our lavac three years ago, and will now be ripping it out to install the composting head. Hopefully that's where my head saga will end.

Anyone who's fought with marine sanitation hose gets points in my book.
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I love my lavac- why composting head? I we would really appreciate a 6 month or year down the road comparison!
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I love my lavac- why composting head? I we would really appreciate a 6 month or year down the road comparison!
Compared to the Jabsco or whatever it was called model we had before the Lavac has been great. If I had to have a wet system, I would certainly use the Lavac over anything else. I think the composting head will work out good for us (hope so anyway), and will definitely keep everyone updated with the progress.

I wanted to have it installed a couple of weeks ago but got some stupid cold so it sidelined my plans.

So yeah.. big Lavac fan, but I think it's time for me to turn the corner and gut all the wet plumbing, seal the thru-hulls, and yank the holding tank once and for all. Crazy, I know!
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