Peg Hall to a white paging phone
I purchased an '86 Pearson
28-2 about a year ago - my first 'big' boat
- which is in overall decent condition, and I have been working through the various systems to restore good working order, with the last to tackle being the sanitation system.
was originally fit out with a manual marine head
, raw water
intake, a ~10 gallon (flexible?) vented holding tank
, and plumbed with a Y valve for overboard
discharge or pump
out via the bronze deck
Prior to my purchase
of the boat, the head
, holding tank
, and most of the flexible plumbing
had been removed, short of the Y valve. So it's a blank canvas
, so to speak
The boat was commissioned on Lake Travis near Austin, TX, and apparently spent some time in the Gulf near Houston
, before returning to Lake Travis where I now sail it.
I have no plans to move the boat, so a system optimized/simplified for freshwater use is desired.
Although perhaps cheaper and less work
to install, I can't get excited about manually hauling waste from a porti-potti, so I want to set it up for occasional pump
out at the marina.
So, now my dumb questions...
Are there marine
heads with a self contained holding tank (like a porta potti), but that can utilize the raw water
input, and with access to the tank for pumping out at the dock
? That would eliminate the need to install a new holding tank and associated plumbing
, while keeping the pump out capability.
For day sailing
once or twice a week, and the occasional one or two night outing, how large of a holding tank would be appropriate? Guessing, maybe 10 flushes per gallon? So, would something less than 10 gallons work
Are self-contained systems more or less prone to odors? I've read all the horror stories about extensive plumbing that ultimately can be problematic, so perhaps less is more, assuming the self contained unit isn't itself an odor
Anyway, looking for inputs from those who have experience with this tricky subject.
Thanks in advance for your feedback and insight!