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Old 21-09-2008, 00:14   #1
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Question How to use a potty in a cabin with a low ceiling?

I am interested in micro cruising a 22 ft to 26 ft (7m to 8m) catamaran sailboat with hull cabins. The designs I have seen online typically have 4 ft (1.22 m) heigh ceiling. But before I rent or buy a cruiser, I need your advice on a very personal subject.

I am 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m). Sitting straight up, there is 3 ft 6 in (1.07 m) from the bottom of my seat to the top of my head, which only leaves 6 inches (15 cm) of height for the potty. I see a potty in the diagrams and was wondering how to use the potty with such a low ceiling. And what position is best for wiping my butt with toilet paper? There is not enough headroom to stand up. I sure would appreciate it if one of you experienced micro cruisers could give me the answer. I donít know whom else to ask.




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Old 21-09-2008, 01:14   #2
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Stay sitting down

Spread your legs and wipe from the front.
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Old 21-09-2008, 01:21   #3
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Heck I am only 5'7"and I had problems in a 24 footer that had the fixed head installed in the V. It had a hatch just above and opening the hatch and sticking ones head out helped however undignified. The expression of sticking one's head between one's legs and kissing one's a__ goodbye came to mind everytime I had to use that head, which I avoided at all cost. I now appreciated the comfort of a full stand up head much more.
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This thread has got to be some kind of a joke.
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Although a delicate topic, I think it is a legitimate topic. Lets just not go off topic with a bunch of crank comments.
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Thank you for all your responses. And thanks for your support David.

I think I have figured it out now. If I get a short 12-inch port-a-potty, lean forward, and duck my head, I can get in under 4 ft. Is that how you tall microcruisers do it, or do you bring the port-a-potty on deck?

Chuck, this is not a joke, just a question from a novice. I have not cruised before and would like to try it on a trailer sailor.
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When cruising with a porta p I would take it forward on deck and put a windchute around it while anchored off the dock in port. Down below a hatch directly above it helps a lot. You do have to remember to stay seated at all times. It really is a good Idea and much clearner to stay seated even if you have a bigger boat with lots of headroom.
It is a delicate subject but your name for the thread kind of made it a bit off hand.
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Thank you for all your responses. And thanks for your support David.

I think I have figured it out now. If I get a short 12-inch port-a-potty, lean forward, and duck my head, I can get in under 4 ft. Is that how you tall microcruisers do it, or do you bring the port-a-potty on deck?

Chuck, this is not a joke, just a question from a novice. I have not cruised before and would like to try it on a trailer sailor.
OK, I buy your question is legit. There are several trailer sailors out there that will give you plenty of room, even standing head room and a sort of full size head.
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If there are no others on the boat a bucket, w/ a trash bag, in the cockpit has worked well for fisherman for years.

If there are others, one may ask the others to go forward for a bit. And that's no joke
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I would use a spackle bucket in the cockpit and feed the fish. If your in a harbor try a bucket and trash bag like delmarrey hinted. Good luck takeing your first dump .
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Thank you all for you contributions. I now have have a much better understanding of how this port-a-potty business works.

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There are several trailer sailors out there that will give you plenty of room, even standing head room and a sort of full size head.
I may very well end with a larger boat. At this point I am investigating the accommodations of small catamaran sailboats, and the port-a-potty headroom seemed like killer. Now it doesn't seem too bad.

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It is a delicate subject but your name for the thread kind of made it a bit off hand.
That's a good point. In hindsight, I should have used a more dignified username.

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If there are others, one may ask the others to go forward for a bit.
Thank you for the etiquette tip. I did not know about that option.

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Good luck taking your first dump .
Thank you for your words of encouragement.
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