We had one of the early LectraSans. Installed it in 1974. Lived aboard and cruised for 4 years, without a problem despite constant daily use. The unit was still working fine when we sold the boat 10 years later. I'm sold on the units and have bought one for installation
on my current
The LectraSan uses very little electricity. Even though it is a high amp drain, it is such short duration that it's very low on your current
worries on a cruising boat.
In the LectraSan, the electricity breaks salt water
down into a chlorine compound that kills the harmful bugs in human waste. Once it's done its thing, the cholrine compound degrades back into salt and water that it started with. No additional pollutants are introduced by the LectraSan operation. A macerator/chlorinator uses house hold bleach to destroy the bugs. In doing so, it adds the chlorine compound to the effluent actually increasing pollution.
Composting toilets break down the waste into compounds that are not harmful to humans. Those compounds are very much like fertilizer which contains nitrogen. Without nitrogen, plants don't do well. If you dump the crud from a composting toilet overboard
, you are doing the same thing as an LectraSan, just converting the crud into a less offensive form. Even if you use the crud for your garden at home, that additional Nitrogen will probably finds it's way into the water system from runoff. So wouldn't feel smug and smarmy because you have a composting toilet.
Last, there is absolutely no reason for no discharge rules in other than marinas
. Type 1 MSD's solve all the REAL problems even in fresh water. The wastes added by all the boats in the world developing a case of Montezumas revenge don't equal one small municipal sewage treatment plants hiccup when equipment
breaks. Pathogens in human waste that effect humans are destroyed almost instantly by salt water
. The only real issue is added nutrients but, hey, whales **** in the bay and their dumps have got to more than equal a whole flotilla of yachts. So I guess if you are truly serious about stopping fecal pollution, we better resume whaling, killing seals
and sea lions cause they aren't wearing diapers.
I grew up with 2-3 holers and the sears catalogue for TP. I'll be damned if I'll turn my boat into a floating outhouse.