Loc: Mazinaw Lake
Hey Mark. It's good to have you back.
Good pictures. Nice progress on the head project. I just realized from the photos that the original head (plastic cistern, with drain, enclosed in foam) would have made a good ice cooler, but not a very good toilet.
Sapphire's upgrade was to a Thetford 8 Litre. It fit perfectly. However, 8 Litres is fine for day sailing, and we have survived weekends with it, but we have also filled it to capacity with overuse. It's the flush water that overwhelms it.
I'm wondering what capacities other Sandpipers have installed and how long they have been able to sail between pump-outs? At the Rendezvous, one boat had 4 crew. I wonder how the head fared for the weekend?
Once enclosure is completed I will install the Theford 260B Marine Potty which can be purchased from Amazon.ca. It has a height of 13" and will be approximately 2 inches above the enclosure. The cushions are 3" thick so I will make a thinner cushion for the top of Potty. With this Potty you get approximately 27 flushes.
Currently I am gluing thin conduit in cabin so I can run all my wiring for navigation lights and overhead lighting. All hardware has been stripped off boat and hopefully I will start an overall sanding shortly. Rub rails have been removed and will also need to be replaced. Wood was very brittle and just fell apart. I am thinking of maybe installing rubber rails but need to give it some more thought.
Good to be back. Hopefully I can make some progress this winter but work and kids are taking all my time. Yup your right old head was good for nothing expect maybe a cooler like you mentioned. Just knowing what it was used for I could not put my precious beer there. Your 8 Litre Theford any chance you can tell me the height of that one?