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Old 12-08-2015, 08:26   #1
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Best marine toilet

cant find the review
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:23   #2
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For a manual pumpout the Raritan PHII is widely considered the best. When I bought my used boat twelve years ago it had its original 20+ year old PHII, still working. The Admiral wanted a new head so I replaced it with a new PHII. It's now 12 years old and the only piece I ever replaced was the pump seal.
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Blakes baby (cost more than many entire boats!)

http://www.marinechandlery.com/baby-blake-marine-toilet
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Thanks; I am fed up with replacing valves and seals on my Jabsco, Also getting rip off prices for replacement kits and parts
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A Groco EB,-- if you can find one and rebuild it. All bronze, household size seat.
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We have had a Vacu-flush model 1008 on our Trimaran for 8 years and other than light maintenance it has worked perfectly. It works and has been more reliable than other system I have had.
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Incinolet.


Followed by Lavac.


Or the ultimate in reliability, the cedar bucket.
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Manual: PHII Raritan hands down the very best at a reasonable price compared to rebuilds and replacement of all of the old "others"

Electric: Raritan makes a good one, NOT the one that adds a pump to the PHII handle, SeaEra?

Lavac is crafty and works well.
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Thanks; I am fed up with replacing valves and seals on my Jabsco, Also getting rip off prices for replacement kits and parts
Those $100 heads are pretty much throwaway. When they go bad just throw them away and put in a new one. New price is not much more than a rebuild kit. Of course, for real economy and no maintenance the best is a five gallon bucket with a toilet seat fitted over it. I used that for years. Never had a problem I couldn't fix for five bucks or less.

The Lavac is also well loved by it's owners. It's simple, maybe one step above a bucket. Only spares needed are rubber seals. And parts for your diaphragm pump.

Still can't imagine owning one of those composting toilets. Although it appears to be simple it's actually a pain because you have to pee in a cup and provide peat moss for the composter, among other things. Try buying peat moss in some remote anchorage.

I used a Vacuflush on a boat I was delivering and really liked it. But it's complex. Complex doesn't belong on my cruising boat. Having said that, my first choice, Raritan PHII, does have a lot of "parts". But it's been so reliable I prefer it and recommend it.
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What are we really talking about here? $100.00 - $150.00 (US) every five years? Whether its the rebuild kit or an entire unit? I pay more in the used/filtered beer I push through the system in a month.


You're chasing pennies in a world where you spend thousands. It's not worth it.
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If you have power the Incinolet is the way to go. I've never had to buy parts... but you do buy paper liners. You can use it anywhere, no "No Discharge" zones. I can run it with my inverter if no generator is running.
No messing with failed toilets full of stuff, etc. No sewage smell. No thru the hull fittings. Not bothered by too much paper or female products. No holding tank. No worrying about pump out stations. No overflowing. Just some grey ash when you choose to dump it. All stainless steel construction.
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Still can't imagine owning one of those composting toilets. Although it appears to be simple it's actually a pain because you have to pee in a cup and provide peat moss for the composter, among other things. Try buying peat moss in some remote anchorage.


We carry a year's worth of coco coir on our 34-footer (it's smaller than a 20-gallon holding tank) and have never had a problem getting it. When we are in the Caribbean longer than a year, we always seem to end up in a US territory where Amazon is easy to get delivered. And we've also made our own coco coir type mixture when necessary (and for fun!). It just takes a machete and some time. Coconut palms live everywhere I'd ever want to live.
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Composter is the easiest.
- Pretty much nothing that can clog or break.
- A month or more between solids disposal and never a need to find a pump out station.


No idea where the idea, you must pee in a cup came from. I'm familiar with the 3 primary brands and none require you to pee in a cup.
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best marine toilet

I looked at the Lavac but after looking at the installation instructions I couldn't figure a way to install it my head. There were problems in positioning.

If I replace, I plan on looking at Raritan's Elegance and using fresh water flush. I've got a 100 gal water tank that I only use for long trips.

Otherwise the PHII has not given me much trouble. The hoses are more of PITA.

Whatever you like, I'd suggest looking at the installation specs before laying out good money.

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Re: best marine toilet

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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