Glad you liked the book, Randy! If I had to re-write this book, one of the changes I would make is to explain more how Joyce's knowledge and willingness to share it contributed to the cruise
. I don't think I was clear on that, so many ready are baffled why I "tolerated" her.
We knew there was a "system" offshore
the day we left Alameda, but our plan was to motor
through it in twelve hours or less and then let the backside of it push us all the way to the channel islands. That might have worked the day before!
I probably turned a lot of people off on composting heads (there are two major marine
models on the market today). But I think a composting head is a great permanent solution to the issues of a wet head, PROVIDED two rules are followed: no more than two cruisers per unit, and keep urine out of the main chamber at all costs. We overloaded the unit with four adults, plus the ladies urinated into it. No composting head would function under those conditions. Used properly, composting heads offer profound advantages, the two biggest IMO: the "gas station restroom" smell gone entirely, and no possibility of clogging or breakage. My next cruising boat will have one or two composting systems.
Thanks again Randy for your patronage and support!
Marina del Rey