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Old 09-03-2015, 10:36   #1
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Go Ahead Laff Me Out'ta Here

I have been lurking here for a while. I'm finally decided to “out” and post. I am not a newbie to the sea, Just not a “yachtsman”.
I am working on a low budget MS - Keys - Great Loop bucket list cruise. And yeah I got the time. I’ve sold off my goat herd.
Now the laff part, my boat is a 1972 Catalina 22 swing keel.
Presently it is in my boat shed getting ready to refurbish the keel, pivot, lock, and fair / paint the bottom.
The reason I decided to out myself is to get it over with so I can ask some questions. Like how to make my porta potty legal etc (read a bunch of threads here already) and other things I run into.
Glad to meet you, at least to those non elitist that want to meet.
No, this is not a joke. (If this is the wrong forum please advise)
Peace and Love, James
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:40   #2
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Welcome to Cruisers Forum.

There is nothing laughable about your boat.

Nobody is excluded...even those without a boat. I don't know of any snooty people here...but even they would be welcome as well. I would find a few Thurston Howell the 3rd's to be amusing.
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Old 09-03-2015, 10:52   #3
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Re: go ahead laff me out'ta here

No reason you cant do it in your 22 if you want to bad enough. By nature, porta potties are legal. The problem is you have to find a place to dump it when full.
The first time I crossed to Bimini a couple had crossed the same day. They were both about 6 ft 3 tall and were on a little 23 foot boat!
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Re: go ahead laff me out'ta here

Hi James and welcome

Far as I know a Porta potty is legal as it is. If it is not connected to a through hull and all waste goes into a self contained tank then you are legal in any waters. That of course assumes you don't dump the waste over the side when the tank is full.

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Like the others said, the problem with port-a-potties is finding a place to dump them. Your best bet would be to find a composting toilet. Still a pain to find some woods to spread the compost, but do-able. Cheaper than installing a holding tank for sure.
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Finding the room for a holding tank, the head and it's plumbing on a 22 foot boat would be difficult and look ugly. I like others idea of a porta-potty.
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You would be perfect for a organic head

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What are you doing for power, out board I'm assuming are you doing solar to recharge the battery

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Old 09-03-2015, 11:18   #9
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Welcome, James. You have an adventure ahead. Have fun.

I may be incorrect (I'll do some digging), but I think, at least in the Keys, you must have a way to pump out. I'm pretty sure you can connect up your portapotty to a deck fitting. I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, but we're talkin Florida here.

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Ralph's right. Sealand, IIRC, makes a pp with a pump out hose. If your's is where most C22 Mark is are, under the V berth, you'd have to do some wiggling to get the hose to a deck fitting, but it can be and I'll bet has been done. The C22 has an associate website as well as numerous links to skippers who have recorded their work on their boats. No need to reinvent the wheel.
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:26   #11
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Maybe not, since you are under 26'.....

Which crafts are required by Florida Statute 327.53 to have a working toilet on board when in state waters?


  • Any vessel 26 feet or longer with an enclosed cabin and berthing facilities.
  • Any houseboat, defined as a vessel used primarily as a residence and not moved for 21 out of 30 days in a county of this state.
  • Any floating structure with enclosed living space with berthing facilities or work space with public access.
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They make waste disposal bags for potties. Put the bag in there and do your business. It's a double bag with a double Ziploc.

I bought a 5 gallon bucket with plastic toilet seat and the liners for one of the many camping trips that I do in the summer. Everyone laughed at me until the ladies discovered how handy it was.

I think it was $28.
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Welcome, James. You have an adventure ahead. Have fun.

I may be incorrect (I'll do some digging), but I think, at least in the Keys, you must have a way to pump out. I'm pretty sure you can connect up your portapotty to a deck fitting. I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, but we're talkin Florida here.

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My last boat, a 21' Center Console had a porta potti, connected to a deck fitting.
I don't think legality is his problem, I don't think legally he needs a toilet, but probably does in reality, so he needs to come up with something that will work for him and I don't think he has any legal problems.
I think if his porti potti works for him, he has no problem
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Welcome to the forum and you'll hear no laughing from me. Years ago we had a Catalina 22 (fin keel version) and we had a blast cruising on that boat. We never attempted anything quite so ambitious as what you're thinking but many long weekends and vacations were spent aboard and we loved the boat. It was simple to operate, cheap to maintain, and lots of fun. We found the berth to be comfortable enough, even for 2 of us (although at our age now might be challenging to climb in and out of.) Good sitting headroom. At night we dragged the porta potty out from under the v-berth and sat it over by the companionway to make it more accessible. The boat maneuvered like a dream and the outboard made life pretty stress free.

As others have said, Porta Potty should not be a problem if you have places to empty it. More of an issue would be power, water, and just general storage for supplies, I would think. But if it's just you and you are into the "camping" lifestyle, since you will be stopping nightly and have frequent access to supplies, it shouldn't be too much of a concern.

The upside of your boat, if you're going to do the loop in a sailboat, is that your mast will be very manageable for lowering yourself on the portions of the loop where you need it down. It's on a tabernacle I presume? At most another pair of hands should be all that's required as opposed to a crane that larger boats would require.

Best of luck to you. I hope you have the adventure of a lifetime. And I hope you'll check in here occasionally and update us on how you're doing.
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What are your plans for the Big Bend area of Florida? I guess with a shallow draft, you have way more options than me, and most "Loopers". If you haven't checked out these girls, this will wet your appetite and give you some ideas...



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