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

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

  1. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    I love my separate shower stall so much that I take almost as many showers on the boat during the season as I do at home.
    If I’m puttering around on the boat and get sweaty, I jump in the shower before heading home. If I go straight to the boat from the gym in the morning, I jump in the shower.
    Great way to keep using up the 100 gallons in the fresh water tank so it stays fresh.
    I use the heads on the boat all the time, but I have to admit that if I have the opportunity to drop the bomb in a clean place other than on the boat I take it. The heads get used for that only if no other clean option is available.
    Makes no sense at all, but being a bit OCD, neither do a lot of things I do.
    My wife tells me all the time that they make medication for people like me.
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  2. 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
    Yes. Its called alcohol.
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  3. firecadet613

    firecadet613 Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2007
    '07 V358
    T- VP 5.7GXi
    If you've got it - use it. On my 3rd cruiser now - first with a separate shower stall. We showered on both other ones with the full "wet" heads - but very nice now to not have to dry it out after showering before continuing on with the day. Pump out anytime I want for free at the fuel dock or for $30 they will pump me out on Tuesdays...
  4. 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.
    HEY! I resemble that remark. Ain't nobody gonna drink no red wine on my boat, no how, no way. The red wine consumption section is the same as the smoking section--they're both 25' aft of the swim platform. Unless we're on plane, then it's only 20'.
  5. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I didn’t buy a $300,000 dollar boat to not use it. Mine will bring top dollar because I use it regularly and maintain it to a very high standard. I know people that have those no number two rules and that’s not the only thing that makes them peculiar.
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  6. Fly'n Family

    Fly'n Family Active Member

    Sep 19, 2013
    TX / CO
    2008 Meridian 341
    2004 Boston Whaler Sport 130 w/40 hp Merc
    Guess I'm a bit on the other side of the coin. Our new to us boat has a great head and separate shower...but if at the slip, I much rather us to walk to the facility for using the head. Clean, air-conditioned facility helps a lot. On the water it's a different story, at least for the gals - if they gotta go, they gotta go. I guess I just don't like the idea of carrying around a bunch of #1 and #2 if it's not necessary.
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  7. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    In a lot of cases I think people just don't know how to use their toilet properly, they're afraid of messy bowls and system clogs.
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  8. Jus the two of us

    Jus the two of us Active Member

    Dec 7, 2015
    United States Lake Cumberland
    1998 Sundancer 450
    2009 Sundancer 55
    3116 Cats
    MAN 900
    We to are on a inland lake, We spend more than half our time in a cove for the weekend as most all cruiser folks do. What would be the reason you do not sleep over night in the Ozarks? Just curios.
  9. The Bill Collector

    The Bill Collector Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tacoma, WA
    1998 450 Sundancer, Achilles dinghy
    3126 Cat's
    We have never thought twice about not using our own head.... What is wrong with you people???
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  10. insfnds

    insfnds Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Canyon Lake, TX
    2011 390 Sundancer
    Twin 496 Mag Axius
    We use the crap out of ours. There are folks that will only pee in them - they have the stinkiest boats too. Gotta poop if you're going to pee in them as the poop actually helps break down stuff.
  11. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Close but in my case I have a fear of plumbing repair.... I hate and despise plumbing to the point of throwing up a bit in my mouth coupled with small convulsions .... The only thing worse than doing it myself is paying a plumber to do it. :)

    So to minimize an opportunity for a #2 repair... we use the toilet primarily for #1 and we walk to use facilities for #2 unless there aren't any or there is an urgent need.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2019
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  12. 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 guess I haven't mastered the art of walking across the surface of the water to get to an onshore potty! :p
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  13. 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
    What if I promise to use a Sippy Cup :D
  14. Soulshine

    Soulshine Well-Known Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    Seneca Lake, NY
    '83 SRV 360 Express
    Twin Merc. 454
    We use ours like we are at home and besides the initial hassle of de bugging the system, I’ve never had a problem.

    We use Scott brand RV paper as sparingly as possible and never had a clog.

    The shower is excellent as well, but I have to say that if it were a wet head, usage would be rare.
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  15. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2017
    Dickson, TN / Chattanooga, TN
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alphas
    Kohler 4kW
    +1 Use as well.
  16. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Red wine is a problem .... If my wife couldn't drink red wine on our boat.... I wouldn't have a boat.
    So I don't have a problem with it :)
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  17. Leardriver

    Leardriver Active Member

    May 24, 2016
    Denver, CO
    2004 270 Sundeck 8.1 Bravo III
    5.0, 5.7, 6.2 8.1 Bravo III over the years
    My head has never been used. Our primary lake is a mile across, and there are no pump out facilities available. I would have to slurp it out with a shop vac at home. We go to shore and used the flusher on land.
    We are always doing water sports, and we don't allow alcohol on board. It's not compatible with the higher alertness level needed for towing people. If we were hanging out on a cruiser, everything would be different.
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  18. Craig

    Craig Well-Known Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    2006 320 Sundancer
    twin 350 Horizon V drives
    We use our head as necessary. I use Noflex and have had zero odor or clogging issues.
    Keeping systems on a boat unused to enhance resale makes no sense to me. I look for proper maintenance and timley upgrades in a potential boat purchase.
  19. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    On my 290 we used it just like home, never an issue. Most people think #2 is bad, but actually #1 will smell worse. We always ended the weekend with two full bowls of freshwater flushed down it and pumped out every 2 weeks or so. Primary reason for me to look for a new boat is to get one with a head - a real head, not a porta potty. The fleet command (wife / daughter) would keel haul me if I told them the head was not to be used!
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  20. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    IMG_4230.JPG [QUOTE="Soulshine, post: 1088498, member: 42862]
    We use Scott brand RV paper as sparingly as possible and never had a clog.[/QUOTE]

    Do you have users declare their intentions and requisition two sheets of paper before entering the room?

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