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Old 28-11-2015, 20:24   #31
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Re: Best marine toilet

Raritan Sea Era Conversion Kit to convert any old head into a fantastic, electric-flush, indestructible, virtually uncloggable delight! Best piece of equipment I ever put on a boat.
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Old 28-11-2015, 20:47   #32
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IMO the Wilcox Crightendon was far and away the most dependable, trouble free marine head ever built. Too bad they went out of business! They would not compromise quality and in their effort had a difficult time competing in today's cut throat marine market where quality is the first thing to degrade.
I installed Vacuflush heads on my last liveaboard and never had a problem with them. Phil
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The most reliable pump head is the Skipper 2...no longer made by Wilcox and Crittenden. You can find rebuilt ones for around 1000 bucks. I have had one on a research boat for 25 years and NEVER has it clogged, even when used by thousands of newbies to boats over the years.

The only plastic is the toilet seat itself. Most of the rest is silicon bronze and porcelin...bullet proof in my opinion.
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Re: Best marine toilet

As Tia Bu said, the Raritan Sea Era Conversion Kit is a great value if you're up grading from a manual to electric toilet. You reuse your existing bowl which not only saves you the cost of a bowl but also shipping cost. The pump assembly has a very good reputation. Raritan Sea Era Conversion Kit - 16LI012
If you've got plenty of fresh water, the fresh flush version is even less expensive as it uses your fresh water pump to supply the flush water.
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Re: Best marine toilet

For standard duty, the Raritan PH II. Rebuild it once a year, & keep it clean, meaning free from heavy calcification, & you're GTG.
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Any good recommendations on coir? I bought two massive 11lb bricks over amazon..http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...K58ZQ0K63PVVVE
They stow extremely well, but the flipside is that they're a PITA to break apart, and they don't absorb moisture all that well. It's more like course strands of coconut pith rather than quality coir.

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Laika,

That is the same coir we use. The shorter strands seem to work better with our NH agitator, and they seem to be the best value.

You are right about breaking them up when dry. What we do is first separate the 4- 1in slabs [using a pry bar as a wedge makes quick easy work of it] and break them into halves. Drop a half slab into a large bucket or ziplock bag and add about 3 qts of hot water. Let it sit about 30 mins and it breaks-up easily. [We prefer the 2 gallon ziplocks. We mush it up right in the sealed bag after is soaks, then pour into the head.]

In case this is of interest...

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I've used Lavac heads on my last 2 boats and found them to be the simplest and most bullet-proof.

Good luck with your quest, and welcome to the forum.

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Hello! I agree. I have also had this model. We’ve bought it about five years ago. This is really flawless.
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YMMV.

I currently have a Lavac and a Raritan PHII. Both work great. The Lavac uses more water (think holding tank capacity). The PHII gets the most use and has zero problems.

The above units replaced Jabsco which were pure junk. Previous posters were correct when they said it was cheaper to replace the entire unit rather than a rebuild kit.
+1 for the PHII. Built like a tank relative to many alternatives. They seem to last decades.

We put a kit through ours each year. We liveaboard year round.

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Another liveaboard with a +1 for the phll

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