Some girls return home from a long trip and find fresh flowers waiting for them. Others receive a box of chocolates. I get a new toilet.
Frankly, I’m happy with my homecoming gift. The electric toilet we had previously in our head did a poor job of getting rid of waste. It pumped sea water into the bowl, and it seemed to draw in as well a lot of particles and brown scum that was very unattractive to say the least. It smelled constantly and required frequent cleaning, but nothing seemed to get rid of the particulates that always made their way into the bowl. In short, it was an embarrassment.
The toilet pump’s demise couldn’t be timed better. Mike called me one day as I was in the States and explained that it had died. Either he could replace it with a new electric toilet for $700US when it arrived in a few weeks, or he could replace it right away with a manual model for about $250. An easy choice.
Jabsco is just about the only name in marine toilets. The company invented the flexible impeller pump 60 years ago and holds about 50% of the market for this technology. Its manual model is the same as many that the Lezovich family has used in the past. Pump a few times to draw in fresh water, do your business, pump a few times to send it to the holding tank (Check out the YouTube video).
The beauty of the new toilet is that it uses less water than the electric one. With the previous toilet, we had to dump the holding tank on the port side fairly frequently.
Mike did a great job on the installation, enrolling our friend Brandon of s/v Sol-Mate in the task. He once worked for Home Depot, so he’s about the best friend one can have when it comes to repairs.
When I returned to Happy Times and stepped into the head for the first time, there sat my Jabsco toilet in all its gleaming white glory. Who needs flowers when you can have a new throne?