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Old 24-03-2014, 12:40   #1
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Best Manual Head?

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It's that time of year again and since we bought a "new used" boat last year there's much work to be done.
I need to replace the toilet in the master cabin head, I'm going to a manually operated one, I'm sure there's opinions out there on which have the least problems.
Any comments on what you'd choose if buying one now?
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Old 24-03-2014, 13:05   #2
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Re: Best Manual Head?

Not a jabsco... 'Cause they're just awful.
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Old 24-03-2014, 13:16   #3
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Re: Best Manual Head?

Best manual head? Probably the Baby Blake. Best one at a reasonable price? My vote goes to the Raritan PHII. They just work, and are easy to rebuild if it does not make sense to you to simply replace it if it malfunctions.

That said, I think electric heads are pretty cool. Did a transatlantic delivery a couple of months ago on a boat with one and it worked very well. A Jabsco as I recall.
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Old 24-03-2014, 13:18   #4
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Lavac

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Old 24-03-2014, 15:03   #5
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Lavac.
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Old 24-03-2014, 17:14   #6
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Lavac. Near fool proof and very simple.

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Old 25-03-2014, 10:34   #7
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Lavac by a long shot. So simple and powerful that if you flush sitting down you could loose some bodily parts.....
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Old 25-03-2014, 10:50   #8
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Re: Best Manual Head?

I second that Jabscos are a big waste of money. Poorly engineered with a high failure rate. But, they are cheap.

For 1.5-2x the price of a Jabsco, you could get a hassle-free Raritan PHII. I've had mine for six years now - one simple rebuild and never a problem.
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Re: Best Manual Head?

We've had one Groco HF for 15 years. It has been rebuilt every 5 years and works flawlessly. The rebuild is simple and straightforward. I would highly recommend this product.
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Old 25-03-2014, 16:07   #10
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Re: Best Manual Head?

Having lived aboard for 1/2 my life (I'm 70), and having worked on 100's of boats, I was invited to sail with a friend in Puerto Vallarta. While aboard I noticed that one thing stood out--there was no head odor.

When I chose the toilet for Terra Nova there was but one choice--

Lavac.
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Groco HF for me too. Just as stated previously, rebuild kit goes in effortlessly and you're good for another five years. Very happy with mine.
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Lavac gets my vote. We love ours!
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Groco Model K is my choice, but it is very expensive to buy all that bronze.
I think a Raritan PHII is a good value.

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Re: Best Manual Head?

Are Wilcox and Crittendon still in business? Probably the best head ever made. The standard on commercial boats for years. I heard they went out of business but had left a hugh inventory of parts for those who were lucky enough to have one. They were robust, rarely broke down or plugged, very easy to use, larger than your normal, dinky little US built heads and had a handle that you pumped standing up not crunched over like a puppy pooping razor blades! find one... buy it! Phil
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