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  1. jasonquick
    Hello Peg

    After browsing a myriad of sites, images and forums, I think I'm close to identifying my new-to-me head on my new-to-me yacht. However, I was wondering if you may shed some light on the matter please?

    Fortunately, I also stumbled across some forum threads on Wilcox Winner heads, and believe my head 'may' be an old Wilcox-Crittenden. How would I go about sending some images to you for confirmation? That is of course, if you are ok with helping?

    Thank you kindly

    Jase in Australia
  2. carboncow

    Vacuflush questions...

    Have an older 848 head and a canister bomb holding tank with the oldest school pump. This is on a 1989 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer we bought last fall. When we got it the system wouldn't hold vac for more then 2 minutes...put 4 new duckbills in, full rebuild kit for head and did the shaving cream test on on fittings between pump and head. At best after the duckbills were installed I could get it now to hold vac for 5-6 minutes.

    Buddy said it's time to check the vac switch but all write ups I see are talking about failing switches that leave the pump run long...but I see there is a diagram inside that tank. It's really hard to tell what kind of shape it is that the next guess?

    Lake Erie, Ohio
  3. ShoeFamily
    We are a american cruising family in Australia currently getting ready to cross the Indian Ocean as soon as we get to Darwin. We have a Raritan II that we replaced the joker and flapper valves on a year and a halfago. We also replaced the shaft seal about a month ago. I couldnt fit the tothed ring on it (I think it was) it was so tight. After reassembly it worked first. Now it sometimes suddenly looses the grip while pumping and the pump handle feels all loose. Its like you have to do some quick pumps to prime it begore it pumps any water again. If youre on dry, its impossible to get it to "bite" once it has lost it. Do you have any suggestions? We will leave Townsville here soon and sail straight to Darwin. Im considering ordering a new repairkit and have it shipped to Darwin so its there when we get there, but im not sure it will do any good.
    Thanks for any advice
    Beatrice on sv Elin
  4. Clamdigger62
    After checking your profile I see you do know Jack **** too. It looks like we may be of the same era also. I was a SeaLand dealer and certified tech from about 1986 to 2000. I did a brisk business in late 80's thru the 90's retrofitting boats to the Vacu Flush system. I could diagnose and repair the systems with my eyes closed.
    It is a pleasure meeting another great mind that is in the toilet, so to speak.

    Barry (Clamdigger62)
  5. rlp1949
    Peg, I've seen your name many times over the years answering sanitation questions. I'm hoping you can help me.

    After many years of bigger boat ownership, I am buying a 22' fishing boat. My wife insists on a "facility" aboard. I am used to marine toilets but then again the boats that have had them were permanently moored on the water and had access to marine pump out facilities. A fishing boat will be on a trailer and my home is inland.

    I am not aware of a convenient marine pump out in my area. I've been thinking how I might plumb a holding tank so it could also work at an RV waste dump. Maybe a y-valved discharge from a macerator pump?

    If anybody knows how to solve this problem, it has to be you. Have you encountered this?

    Thanks much!

    Roger Purdom
    Wenatchee, WA
  6. Matt sachs
    Hi Peghal
    Im confused. It seems like there are a lot choices in the marine toilet department. I have a 50 footer with 2 heads. I like the idea of a manual pump. Considering ease of repair and reliability which one do you reccomend?

    Thanks in advance
  7. upi441
    Recommendation on head system for a 266 Chap. sunesta. Currently is has a carry pot porta pottie and I do not like having to carry it out to dump. What system/head would you recommend? I would like a pump out for ease of use. I boat on lakes in Georgia.

    Thank you
  8. skipgundlach
    FWIW, our aggressive rinse, and then dry-pump until it burps, has meant that
    4 years of cruising, using that head mostly, there was NOTHING in the PVC -
    no scale and no discoloration, let alone solids. So, that method works a
    treat. Thanks for turning us on to that all those years ago.

    Hope all is well with you. We've just come off a 2-year refit, and this
    turned up in our shakedown. We're currently stuck on the hook and hoping
    the coasties don't pay us a toilet visit until we get this stuff ordered
    somewhere we can pick it up...


    Skip and Lydia

    Morgan 461 #2

    When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land.
    - Dr. Samuel Johnson
  9. skipgundlach
    However, I'll also need a slight bit of hose; recall that my system is all
    PVC (and both heads' plumbing survived the wreck!), but the geometry of the
    forward thru hull makes it such that I have to use a short piece of hose to
    make the final bend.

    The folks who took over the SeaLand private label (or took it back, better)
    don't make the stuff any more.

    What's the least likely to ever smell, and, if it's different, which is an
    acceptable substitute, but very flexible?

  10. skipgundlach

    I think my email address for you may be incorrect, so, my apologies for duplicating that here if you already got it, and my having to do it in two parts due to character count.

    The best way to get back to me is my name, all one word, at

    Hi, Peggie,

    Long time no hear. rbc is still stumbling along, but I saw your name in a
    relatively recent forum post here so thought this might reach you.

    I've had to do some major refit in the forward head, due to my prior Y
    valve - and all my aged backups - failing. Things don't fit the same way
    with the new gear, so I'll have to figure that out.


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    Author/Marine Sanitation Consultant
    Peggie Hall is nationally recognized in the boating industry as one of the few experts in marine sanitation, and is often referred to as “the Head Mistress.” As a member of ABYC, she was a member of a sanitation project technical committee formed to establish a standard for sanitation equipment and installation onboard from its inception in 1991 through 1996. She has written a number of articles for major boating magazines, is often asked to speak at conferences, conduct seminars for various organizations and at major boat shows, and is a consultant to a number of state agencies. She also hosts plumbing and sanitation forums on several internet boating sites and is the author of "Get Rid of Boat Odor--a Boat owner's guide to marine sanitation systems and other sources of aggravation and odor," now out it's second edition "The New Get Rid of Boat Odors" --the only book devoted entirely to marine sanitation systems and other odor issues. She is an independent consultant who receives no compensation of any kind from any product or equipment manufacturer.
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