@Peggie: Thank you; I'm glad to be here! I was assuming the original ship heads were buckets, rather than these kinds of open holes, so that's interesting to hear! I'd only associated outhouses with land-based facilities. They do seem very practical, especially if the water can clean the inside of the tube extending downward, as I imagine that at least some of the deposits wouldn't fall cleanly down to the water below. Regarding the lack of seat, one could certainly be built in to allow for all manner of use!
Regarding the bucket that fish53 mentioned, don't they require plastic liners at a minimum, and some kind of...coir or wood chips or something to aid absorbency and combat odors? To me, that would mean more provisioning
, more storage
space taken up, and the potential of supplies running out. Can you dump the bucket in deep water, or do you have to wait until you have access to a legal
disposal site on land? There's a knee jerk part of me that is drawn towards extreme simplicity - no parts
that aren't necessary, nothing that requires more steps than necessary, so I guess I look at what I learn with an eye towards that.
Spronk! Thank you, lol, I was trying to find information online, but calling it an outhouse style head didn't get me anywhere. All of the results were for marine
toilets and composting heads. The thought of it functioning as a bidet, thereby cutting down the need for toilet paper, did cross my mind as well!
LOL @ the pictures you guys posted. They look like fodder for, "You might be a redneck sailor if...."
That's a good point about the locking door with an alternate head, though it would require two heads, which would be more problematic on a small vessel. (The Flicka is in my head as I write this particular note. Part of me fell in love with her when reading about all kinds of different boats.)