The head (aka bathroom) on our sailboat needed some work.
We liked our manual pump toilet (a Raritan PHII marine head), which Clark installed about 23 years ago, but it was getting discolored and key parts of the system were wearing out and leaking salt water, so we disassembled it and replaced it with a new one of the same kind.
More about this toilet. Something we like about this toilet is that it uses a standard toilet seat, so it’s cheap to replace. The new one also has a soft-closing lid. But more importantly, this toilet works well with our plumbing setup. Temptress is an ocean-crossing vessel, and we use her as such. By default, our blackwater goes into a tank, but while crossing, we almost always pump directly into the ocean (once we’re 5+ miles offshore, which is the legal requirement). A simple turn of a T-valve converts it back and forth from the tank to the ocean output. We also have a pipe we use for pumping from the holding tank into the ocean when we’re out far enough. This eliminates our need to hire pump-out service. See the last photo in the slideshow above for a diagram of how this plumbing system works. Combined with the AirHead composting toilet we’re installing in the aft head, we should not have to spend any money on pumping out in the future.
Additional changes to the head included stenciling and painting the sliding doors (I forgot to take pictures of the before), stripping and re-varnishing the teak grating on the floor, and adding this wall-mounted soap and shampoo dispenser we ordered from amazon, which is going to free up some space in the shelves behind the sliding doors.
We seem to be working forward-to-aft with our renovations and refinishing. We now we have the head done, and the V Berth / Guest Cabin mostly complete. We still have plenty of work left to do in the saloon, kitchen, tool closet and aft cabin!
Happy sailing, – Emily