The Head, To Use Or Not To Use, That Is The Question?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MonacoMike, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    I am often amazed at the number of boat owners who don’t use their head. And not just on stay aboard cabin boats. I know several guys that have a nice head in their fishing or day boats and will not let the wife use them. I see another friends wife make the poop walk early every morning because he doesn’t allow number two on the boat.

    Why do so many people feel this way? In 10 years of full use we have never had an issue with our vacuum systems. I get the whole part that you have to teach everyone not to put paper down, not to throw personal hygiene items down etc. But why do so many feel that way?

  2. Phasma

    Phasma Phasma2128 GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 17, 2016
    West Michigan
    2003 360 Sundancer
    Mercruiser 8.1s Horizon
    We use marine grade TP and pump out every time we fuel (about every week or so). The head is there to be used.
  3. dvx216

    dvx216 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 1, 2012
    Catawaba Island,Oh.
    2000 310 sundancer 5.7
    optional electronic package

    twin 5.7 300 Hp.
    I maintain it and we use it. I prefer my own private bathroom plus I would rather not have to walk to the head every time I need to go. It's one thing at my home port but on the islands in their public restrooms well lets just say some of them I would choose not to.
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  4. Captn TJ

    Captn TJ Active Member

    Sep 19, 2017
    Catawba Island, Oh
    2005 280DA
    Raymarine E80
    5.0 with Bravo 3
    My wife's first and foremost criteria when we were looking to buy a boat was the head. Mine insists on not only using the head but also taking a shower there vs. public showers in a marina. Happy wife.........
  5. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I'm with TJ. The heads and showers are built in to the boat to be used. We have two heads, both with separate shower stalls that are large enough to take a nice shower in.

    Why not use them?
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  6. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s

    Ours is the same and we do....she has hers and I have mine...

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  7. susanandlance

    susanandlance Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2011
    2007 Sea Ray 36 Sedan Bridge
    8.1 mercruisers
    Lucky dog Bennett!!! ;)
  8. my3sons

    my3sons Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    NY (Lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Or why do some use the marina showers when they have live aboard size boats with nice separate shower compartments. Beats me, but they must have their reasons
  9. ASH

    ASH Active Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    If you were shopping for a boat and the advertisement said 15 year old boat that has never been cooked on, slept on, never started the microwave, never started the water heater, never used in salt water, always stored under a roof on a lift, never been rained on, never used the head....Would that not add value to you???? It does me and for that reason I have a boat that meets all those criteria....It adds a "premium" in some buyers minds.

    Also where we boat we mostly tie up with "go fast" boats that do not have a head...A "public restroom" scenario is soon to follow.

    We are on an inland lake and very few would sleep on boats at Lake of the Ozarks.
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  10. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer, Raymarine C80 suite with radar, Mercury 310 Hypalon w/8hp Yammie 2stk
    2X 454 carbs w/ vDrives
    My grandmother used to put clear plastic covers on her furniture too. I guess it was so they they would look good for the estate sale 50 years later?

    I am not going to hold it, walk a long distance to the marina washrooms, or not use our head so the next owner has a nice clean start. Makes about as much sense as not using the boat too much so the hours on the engines are nice and low for the next owner.

    And if someone told me they never used the head on a boat they are trying to sell, I will just assume they are lying.
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  11. ASH

    ASH Active Member

    Dec 4, 2013
    The analogy I usually get teased with is it is like saving your girlfriend for the next guy.....I like the estate sale comparison......
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  12. Groucho

    Groucho Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Albany/Lake George NY
    2004 320 DA
    6.2 V-Drives
    If ya got it...Flaunt it!
  13. ENstig8or

    ENstig8or Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 4, 2013
    New Jersey
    2003 Sea Ray 450 Express Bridge.....

    2016 Sea Ray 21 SPX BR
    Cummins 480CE (450)
    Mercruiser 4.3L (21 SPX)
    Exactly! The next guy is getting something with a lot of miles on her!
  14. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
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    They have deeply ceded emotional issues caused by severe toilet training when they were young.
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  15. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    Yep. One of our requirements for our 'next' boat was a pump out head. We bought it to use it.

    My wife use to buy throw rugs for her vehicles as soon as she bought a new one. Left them there until we traded it in years later. Rugs looked like crap. But she said the floor under it looks like new. I told her the next owners will appreciate that after we went 3 or 4 years with crappy looking throw rugs. Her newest car does not have throw
  16. hottoddie

    hottoddie Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 EC
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin 546s Plotter
    454 Crusaders
    In my 12 years being a member at a yacht club with nice showers I have never taken in a shower at the clubhouse, always on the boat. If I'm on the boat and the "relieve" myself it happens on the boat.

    Don't me started on the red wine thing! :(
  17. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG A smelly public restroom with wet TP on a floor and a cold shower surrounded by mildew. Doesn't get much better than that.
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  18. Handsome Transom

    Handsome Transom Active Member

    Jan 26, 2018
    Penetanguishene Ontario Canada
    1989 SeaRay Sundancer 268 454 Bravo
    454 Mercruiser bravo drive
    Mine is a pump out portapotie and the space for showering in s 278 is tiny even for this little guy. We use the head if needed but try to use land facilities when available, myself and my 5 yr old ,my youngest is in diapers still. .we dock on s private dock without amenities so pump out is only available when we take on fuel and water
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  19. Jeff Delbuono

    Jeff Delbuono Active Member

    Jun 11, 2018
    Edison New Jersey
    1998 Sea Ray 290 Sundancer
    5.0 efi w/ alpha 1 gen 2 drives
    We use the shit out of ours. Why have a 30 ft boat if ya have to walk 1/4 mile to do a dookie or take a shower. After the walk back from skanky showers in a hot summer july you end up smelling like a #1 sub. I say if ya have it use it.
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  20. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    Our marina facilities are top notch -- Clean and air conditioned. My head it the old pump it yourself. To me it's easier to take the short walk to use the facilities. Saves me the trouble of pumping out and winterizing.

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