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Old 10-11-2010, 10:14   #1
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Porta Potty or Bucket - Regulations ?

iv never used a porta befor and was wondering if mine is worth keeping.

I kind of like the bucket idea for its practicalities, was going to use one offshore anyway.

is it legal to have only a bucket toilet onboard?
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:59   #2
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I never had a good experiance with a port potty they smell and a couple of beers later they fill up quickly. I'd use the bucket, but a pump out marine head is easy to install and the ladys will prefer it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 11:18   #3
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dang Mark you make a point...ladies

comme to think about it...most ladys I know after a few beers...
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I used the ubiquitous 5-gallon bucket for a time while waiting for head parts. It's basic and gets the job done. I highly recommend getting a good seat for it as those thin edges can.... wear on you.
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Get a 2/12 gallon bucket for it. Lets just say that's a lot more stable than a five gallon bucket when it gets rough.
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Get a 2/12 gallon bucket for it. Lets just say that's a lot more stable than a five gallon bucket when it gets rough.
That seat is exactly what I need; those types of buckets are much sturdier, but the edges can be sharp. I forced a lady to use one the other day and it was like I had subjected her to some sort of humiliation ritual. I donít think she believed me when I said I had to close the seacock on the pump-out toilet at sea. Maybe thatís why she threw the bucket overboard?

Regulations over here change. Some place you canít pump out holding tanks, but can crap in a bucket and throw it over. Then other ports especially where there are oyster leases totally prohibit shitting in the drink.
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Direct deposit is legal anywhere but no discharge areas. Depositing in a bucket and throwing it overboard is not legal in coastal waters. Believe it's 3 miles offshore to be legal dumping your bucket. You have to mount a seat off the transom to be legal inshore or jump in.
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[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]That seat is exactly what I need; those types of buckets are much sturdier, but the edges can be sharp. I forced a lady to use one the other day and it was like I had subjected her to some sort of humiliation ritual.
That's pretty kinky...

Gotta bucket in my tub...complete with seat...gonna get a porta potti though..original setup was a marine head that pumped right overboard..no tank...pot had been removed before I got the boat, for which I am thankful, as the guy who owned the boat before me did some interesting things to the boat...
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oh yeah...solid waste..3 miles outside the fall line or off the coast to dump solid waste..
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The USCG is fine with a bucket, but some marinas require at least a port-i-potti
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That's pretty kinky...

Gotta bucket in my tub...complete with seat...gonna get a porta potti though..original setup was a marine head that pumped right overboard..no tank...pot had been removed before I got the boat, for which I am thankful, as the guy who owned the boat before me did some interesting things to the boat...
After that experience I would recommend having at least a porta poti for the fine ladies. From what I discovered they donít care about regulations or the inconvenience of having to get under bunks and gear to turn on the seacock.

Considering the show she put on I suppose this experience also relates to the other threads about others having difficulty adjusting to the cruising lifestyle and maybe even wanting to quit?
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After that experience I would recommend having at least a porta poti for the fine ladies. From what I discovered they donít care about regulations or the inconvenience of having to get under bunks and gear to turn on the seacock.

Considering the show she put on I suppose this experience also relates to the other threads about others having difficulty adjusting to the cruising lifestyle and maybe even wanting to quit?
yeah, you gotta keep the Admiral happy..we have our boat because she liked the cabin...of course, I liked the boat so the next one I showed her was a racing boat.

If I were planning on doing anything other than short trips on this boat i'd be installing a holding tank and head...but on a 28 foot bay boat..I'm not messing with it..PO ripped out the water tank along with the engine..so I'm going to install a rack aft for five gallon jerry cans that i can pump fresh water out of and a five gallon grey water tank which can be lifted out and dumped...and then remove all hull penetrations below the water line..why mess with seacocks if you don't have to?
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That seat is exactly what I need; those types of buckets are much sturdier, but the edges can be sharp. I forced a lady to use one the other day and it was like I had subjected her to some sort of humiliation ritual. I donít think she believed me when I said I had to close the seacock on the pump-out toilet at sea. Maybe thatís why she threw the bucket overboard?

Regulations over here change. Some place you canít pump out holding tanks, but can crap in a bucket and throw it over. Then other ports especially where there are oyster leases totally prohibit shitting in the drink.
You may find it instructive, next time you invite a lady friend aboard, to ask her to read this post before you untie the dock lines.
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iv never used a porta befor and was wondering if mine is worth keeping.

is it legal to have only a bucket toilet onboard?
You really only ask 1 question but I will respond to this ... almost question.

The statement made in another post that "Pota Potties smell" tells me something is not being used optimally. I've been -porta potty only- since 2000 when I bought the boat. That includes probably 8 years of living aboard with my wife. The first thing I did when I bought the boat was to remove the marine toilet and holding tank to help get rid of the smell.

I would never try to use a porta potty like I would a house toilet. Which means that we simply used the marina facilities mostly and it was no
inconvenience. In four years I probably had to empty it 5 times.
10 years later and I'm in an anchorage in Mexico. I find I can still avoid making deposits pretty easily. The hard part is remembering to dump it when I was underway. It wasn't full. Just staying ahead of the game. with that in mind, I can't imagine "storing" the bucket until the right time to dump it. I mean... use it-dump it. At least in my mind. I did try the bucket idea just to see how that worked out. It didn't... for me.
The porta potty has worked out very well for me. I do plan to replace it with a composing toilet.
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Here in Key West, the Vac Hose is connected to the boat whenever it is in the slip (Yeah I'm one of THOSE who don't moor out 24/7) The boat is not an issue....

BUT to the OP: I have one of those bucket/seat combos I use while camping. A LOT of industrial weight trash bags (Get dark ones!) seem to do the trick. The last "guest" pulls their bag and installs a new one is the etiquette of the house.
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