Originally Posted by Auzzee
Back in older times before holding tanks
were in general use on recreational boats, I used to buy bags which were made from a thick paper and which were designed for camp toilets. They could be placed within a small container (such as a boat's toilet bowl) and while their use required you to empty your bladder separately, the bags would hold solid effluent. As they were paper, they could then be sealed and disposed of in toilets on land or at the marina, with no unusually negative environmental side effects.
I imagine such bags are still available from larger camping and adventure style stores and the carriage of these bags to the nearest purpose designed repository, was not unduly distasteful...
I haven't seen exactly what you are talking about here, but they do now have Wag Bags and Double Doodie Bags now. They are a double plastic bag with....
... the inner bag being quite large and .....
....when you are done you fold it down into the outer bag and it zips up like a zip-lock bag.
We use those on our MacGregor
and were able to carry all of our solid waste for 7+ weeks in two 5 gallon buckets and disposed of those when the trip was over. This is in a small 26 foot trailer sailboat. We did collect the liquid in 1 gallon containers and dumped those when well away from anyone.
We will keep the same system on the Endeavour
and used the bags when we moved the boat from where we bought it. At that time the on-board head
seemed to barely work as the lines were getting plugged up.
We have installed a new holding tank in the Endeavor and will put in new lines when we return and will use that tank most of the time. Still if we are in areas like Charlotte Harbor
or the Keys and the holding tank becomes full we will switch to the bag system until we get to a place where we can legally dump the holding tank or have it pumped.
The boatyard where we keep the boat doesn't have a pumpout station, but you can call the guy that does the portable johns. When we are ready to return to the yard we will empty the tank out past the 3 mile mark and then use the bags for the remaining days on our way to the yard.
There is more on how we use them here down the page a ways....
08-09 Sailing Lake Powell page 16
In the Endeavour
we have two 5 gallon buckets. One with the screw on lid that we keep the bag in use in. We unscrew the lid, pull the large bag out and then put a toilet seat on the bucket and use it. When done fold the bag in and screw the lid back on. When the bag is full we move it to the other bucket with a snap-on lid (from Home Depot). Once on shore the full bucket is disposed of.
To help with the smell in the bag that is in use we use some of the liquid for tanks
from West Marine
. It only smells when in use, about the same as a porta-pottie and ....
.... once the screw on lid goes back on there is no smell.
We don't like scheduling a trip about visits to facilities for ice, water, fuel
or pump-outs and don't stay in marinas
so the above along with a fridge works really well for us,