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Offline Petit Marin

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Holding Tank
« on: December 01, 2016, 07:59:20 PM »
I recently purchased a1984  CP 23. Among the list of projects is to add a marine head and holding tank. I tried searching this list and did find some good info but still have a few questions. The CP parts list has a 10 gal holding tank listed. Does anyone know if it is a bladder or a hard tank? Is it shaped to fit the side or the peak of the v-berth?  It's not a bad price at $94 especially if it is a custom fit.
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Scott

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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2016, 04:00:08 PM »
Factory original back in the day was an aluminum tank up in the bow. On newer CP23, it is a plastic tank under one side of the v-berth. My metal tank corroded and I ordered a tank from Hutchins, and it was the plastic version. I had to cut the access hole under one side of the v-berth bigger to be able to get the tank in there, but if you're looking at adding a full system like this, that should be no problem.

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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2016, 10:05:31 AM »
Scott,

Before you go through a lot of planning, work, and expense, you should consider a couple of things. A traditional marine MSD is not always the best option, especially for smaller boats. A 10 gallon tank likely won't get you a week's worth for two people, so you will need ready access to a pump out station. Never use a metal holding tank, as urine is acidic and will corrode metal. As a part of designing a new system, you should include a robust ventilation system, which will encourage aerobic bacteria, the kind that doesn't generate the gasses that permeate many boat's interiors. Odor proof hoses aren't. It would be time well spent to read the wealth of information on the web about how to design a good MSD, don't rely on what boat builders do, they are mostly incorrect.

Traditional marine MSD systems are not something thought up by sailors, they were mandated (with good reason) by environmental governing bodies and designed mostly in the likeness of residential sewage systems. Boats generally don't have the capacity for onboard sewage treatment facilities, so most rely on carrying the waste around until it can be transferred to a land-based treatment plant.

Another option is composting. There have been some really good conversations here about this solution. Many boaters simply do not understand that composting is not something complicated and untested. It is essentially what bears do in the woods. You can design your own system with a 5 gallon bucket and some composting material. I chose to step up from the bucket solution because my wife has an aversion to primitive bathrooms, and we expect to be spending a lot of time on the boat so I considered it a worthy investment. It is still less expensive than traditional marine MSD systems. Another sometimes overlooked benefit of a composting system is that you eliminate two extra holes in the hull below the water line, and an extra hole in the deck for the pump out.

I am in the process of installing a C-Head churn-less shorty model into my 23 pilot house. It is replacing a OE Jabsco with 7 gallon tank. I am not criticizing Hutchins, as they are unparalleled in almost every aspect of their design, and I am sure the system installed was at the request of the PO. I have had a conversation with Gerry about composting head options, and he said he has considered it for the 23 pilot house but the early systems were too big to fit. As soon as I complete my install, I will provide the details to all.

I chose the churn-less model because I can get about two weeks of use for my wife and I and the emptying process is much simpler. If you need longer service per emptying, there are the standard height and churn models. So far my installation couldn't have been simpler or smoother and the results look really good. The installation is pretty much "just sit it in place" and secure it if needed. Although it was provided with my model, Sandy suggested that venting may not be necessary, so I will go with that for the time being. C-Head has done a great job of providing solutions for any requirement and installation configuration. Sandy at C-Head is super helpful and straight forward. Visit the website, and call Sandy with questions.   http://www.c-head.com/

P.S. I now have a Jabsco head sitting on my dock, and hope the neighborhood kids don't think it's for them.   ;-)
Ron
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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2016, 07:27:08 PM »
Thanks for the responses. I do have some experience with the traditional systems but not the composting ones. I'll look into it.

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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2017, 06:13:31 PM »
I recently added a C-Head composting toilet to my CP23/II.  It's a bit tall for the location in the v-berth but we've already modified enough so that we are using the settees as berths. 



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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2017, 09:04:10 AM »
Prudencecp23

Did you install the standard or the shorty model?
Ron
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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2017, 08:14:37 PM »
It is the standard model.  I would consider the short model if I was to do it again - but I do like the simplicity of the standard C-Head.  And at 6' tall, it works just fine for me in its location in the v-berth.
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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2017, 08:29:19 PM »
PrudenceCP23
For the benefit of fellow 23 owners, would the shorty fit under the filler cushion?

I am just finishing my installation. I went with the shorty to fit the space in my head (sounds kinda weird doesn't it). I decided for my use the churnless would be better. I am opting for a vent, and that will complete the installation.

It does seem to be a very nice solution to the problem, and I don't miss the old MSD. I got $1.44 at the scrap yard for the old tank, and the Jabsco and misc. is for sale.

I am happy to put that smell behind me.
Ron
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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2017, 12:34:19 AM »
I believe the shorty model would fit under the filler cushion, but it's been awhile since I measured the space and would need to do so again to make certain that statement is completely accurate :-)
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Re: Holding Tank
« Reply #9 on: January 27, 2017, 09:36:19 AM »
Well, just to make the natural composting head theme realistic, think I'll hang some corn cobs in the head. Oh, I almost forgot, the smell was definitely a part of the natural experience in the outhouse, plus it was cold out there. Suppose that's why the bathroom was never occupied when you needed it. Long live indoor plumbing.
Ron
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Punta Gorda Florida

A mouse around the house - but much hotter on the water