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February 06, 2014


Bill Rohde

Thanks for your note, Barb & George. Actually our decision on changing out the head had mostly to do with replacing our 23-year-old and multiply-rebuilt Wilcox-Crittendon with something a little more current and with easier lever-action pumping. We also can relate to the difficulty in guest's understanding that they need to pump 20-25 times down here to keep the lines clear. That said, we found a product that does wonders with cleaning head hoses in place. It's called SewClean. Unbelievable. We use it periodically to keep the hoses clear. That said, we did replace all our hoses when installing our new head ... good to get a totally "fresh" start.

Why is it that sailors always gravitate to talking about heads? :-)

Regarding water, we've decided not to invest in a watermaker. Carrying 150 gallons we've found water availability to be pretty good, and the cost of water much lower than the cost of the watermaker, even if you build one yourself.

Take care.

George & Barb Masson

We know full well the horrors of a malfunctioning head. We had guests that spent two weeks with us that were cautioned to pump the head a MINIMUM of 10 to 12 times. Their boat has a port-a-potti and I believe she felt she was doing us a favor by pumping only until the bowl was clear. Just as I was about to start dinner the day after they left we had a jam. After a great struggle and many foul words George finally got the discharge hose out of the bilge. On HiFlite the thru hull was on the opposite side of the boat. That made a run of more than 13 feet. Luckily we were still at the dock and George took that hose and started beating it against the dock. I was sure we were going to have to hike to town and buy a new length of hose. We have been told that the ammonia in urine and salt water combine to form calcium. That's what was coming out - solid chunks of calcium. It was past midnight before we got it all put back together and cleaned up. After that we poured down lots of white vinegar and a bit of cooking oil on a regular basis.
We would recommend a water maker. Buying water down there is so expensive and of doubtful quality. George installed ours and the biggest problem was finding the proper PVC fittings/reducers. If you want some advice on this - our mutual friend, Wally Waffensmith, is an expert.
So glad you're back on your blog. Our time cruising was a highlight of our lives and we enjoy following your adventures.

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