Electric Head Installed
25 August 2013 | Little River, SC
I concede that this isn't the sexiest post I've ever penned, but The Admiral is smiling and that's good enough for me.
A classic marine head is THE cruising workhorse - simple, reliable and requiring no power to operate. But of course, you have to pump it, and that was the problem. After our cruise this June, I came to the realization that day-in/day-out pumping was going to cast a pall over any extended cruising we did. So I threw out all the solid reasons why a manual head was superior and bought this - a Raritan SeaEra seawater electric marine toilet with integrated pump. With a single push of a button, and a mighty roar that will surely be heard throughout any anchorage, the bowl is cleared.
Installation was straightforward, though snaking 40 feet of 6AWG wire proved time-consuming. The mounting holes did not line up (of course!), so I got to work with two-part epoxy for the first time, filling the six holes in the head floor. West Marine has a nice kit that includes the hardener that I required. On the instrument panel, I installed a new 25A breaker that we'll just leave on whenever we're aboard. I was able to use the existing sanitation hose and intake hose, which simplified the job. The commode itself fit nicely in the confined space. Because I could not reach the underside of the floor, I secured the commode with four, double-end screw bolts. Finally, and with certain ceremony, I mounted the momentary Flush switch in the corner above the AC outlet.
Free at last from the tyranny of the pump.