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Old 01-07-2016, 20:44   #1
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Is this what living aboard is really like?

Is this what living aboard is really like?

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Old 01-07-2016, 20:57   #2
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

No.


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Old 01-07-2016, 20:59   #3
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Yep! If this hasn't happened already, it will at some time.


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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

There's always a bright side, at least she wasn't forced to do it in eight foot seas.
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Yep! If this hasn't happened already, it will at some time.
Composting toilets are looking better and better.
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There's always a bright side, at least she wasn't forced to do it in eight foot seas.
And she did not even appear to have a hangover. Young folk not what they used to be, in my day we'd drink two bottles of rum the night before taking on a job like that.
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Old 02-07-2016, 02:59   #7
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

Lightweight.

But seriously, that sort of thing won't happen if the system is set up properly and maintained.
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Old 02-07-2016, 05:49   #8
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

I agree with Kenomac. The type of problems that you might deal with are related to the system design and maintenance. Sure, I've had events,- clogged head, macerator failure, leak at a fitting, but the mess is about as difficult to deal with as changing a baby's diaper!
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

The woman lives on a houseboat with a regular house type 1.4 gallon flush toilet that you'd purchase down at the Home depot. Basically, she's pumping out an indoor septic tank, not even closely related to a system installed in most yachts.
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

I'd say you have to work pretty hard to screw up this badly. Regular maintenance and basic vigilance around the head should allow most people to avoid getting into anywhere near this kind of shyte.

Although, it does make me appreciate my composting head even more .
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My take-away on this has nothing to do with what living aboard is like. What amazes me, is that people take the time and trouble to record and upload some of the weirdest stuff. In this case, faced with the task of cleaning up a load of sh*&, and making repairs, their first impulse is to record and share.

Not saying they shouldn't do it...just that it'd be the last thing on my mind.
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

Those bilges are really going to stink in time if she doesn't get down there with the bleach, marigolds and some elbow grease.
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Re: Is this what living aboard is really like?

No, its not like that. 99.999% of the time its all fine. (say one hour per year is bad)

But when something goes wrong you have to fix it there and then! 7:30am is FINE. 2:30am is more of a pain in the butt, but you need to do it.

And, I have a lil rule for myself: Do the job properly, do the job once.
In this case she has not done the job properly. She has left her partner to clean up the spill in the bilge.
I don't know what floaties in the bilge would do, but anything is possible starting with getting inside the bilge pump and clogging it for the next time you are sinking and need it.

Do the job properly, do it now, do it once.
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Although, it does make me appreciate my composting head even more .
I envy what you have. If I could think of a way to present my wife with five gallons of liquid sewage slurry and have her compare it to a couple ounces of desiccated solids, I'd maybe have a foothold for debate, but as of yet I haven't been able to convince her to even discuss composting heads.

I need some manner of good presentation. ...... 'hey honey, look at this!

Maybe it will come with a visit to a very nice vessel with a well functioning composting head. I've been aboard some, but she's just using her imagination.
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I envy what you have. If I could think of a way to present my wife with five gallons of liquid sewage slurry and have her compare it to a couple ounces of desiccated solids, I'd maybe have a foothold for debate, but as of yet I haven't been able to convince her to even discuss composting heads.

I need some manner of good presentation. ...... 'hey honey, look at this!

Maybe it will come with a visit to a very nice vessel with a well functioning composting head. I've been aboard some, but she's just using her imagination.
Get her a cat and litter box. Within a week, her tolerance for scooping dried poop will be high.

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