My wife and I are buying
a 1970 Tartan 34c. This is our first "real" boat (we've had some sailing dinghies), and this is also my first post on the formum. We had the marine survey
done today and the boat checked out in great shape. Whoever had her before us fit her out for some serious sailing, and evidently did a fantastic job on every installation
. My only concern was the head
, which is a Wilcox model, possibly original. The current
owner has been living aboard
for some time, and probably has not used the head
in 3 years. When I operated the lever to run flushing water
into the bowl, all kinds of weird green gunk came out. Would that just be algae or some other kind of build up in the raw seawater line that would go away if I pumped long enough? The whole set up just seemed kind of delicate compared to everything else on board and I don't know how to feel about that. My concern is that if anything goes wrong with the current
head, not only will it be disgusting, but it will be a flooding hazard.
We live in Hawaii
, so in time we will be cruising this boat in bluewater to distant paradises. However, for the next couple of years, we will probably be cruising around Oahu
and to neighbor islands. It seems to me that it might be a good idea to just have the head and holding tank
removed, to seal off the associated thru-hulls, and to install a good portapotti. When the day comes to start making longer passages, I could put a new head and holding tank
I don't have the slightest idea where to start with removing the current system and how big an undertaking this would actually be. Do I have to haul out
the boat to do this, or can it be done in the water
? Is this a DIY project
I could do without buying
a haz-mat suit? Would I potentially screw up something that works nicely?
Any advice or war story would be much appreciated.