Okay fair warning ... this is my crappy thoughts on a crappy topic ... CRAP! We all gotta do it.
When I followed the thread of Facebook's group, "Women Who Sail", about thoughts on composting heads I noticed a few comments that got my attention. A few of the women mentioned the extra storage space they now had on their boat after installing a composting head and removing the holding tank. Our Catalina 30 has spacious living quarters, but very little storage. The thought of getting rid of that nasty holding tank and having more storage sounded pretty good. However, I wasn't too sure about installing a composting head. Some folks seem to love them, and others hate them.
All of this got me wondering what other option there might be. A couple of women mentioned the "bucket and chuck it" option when not in a crowded anchorage. Hey, that sounds alright with me. I'm all about keeping it simple. But what about those times when we are in a crowded anchorage? A few minutes later while still on Facebook, another lady outside of the group happened to post something on her wall that also got my attention ... a picture of the pack of doggie bags she just purchased to "scoop the poop" when walking her dog. They're biodegradable and thrown in the trash. Okay, I was just thinking about other options for our head and this pops up. Perhaps there's something similar for humans?
I figured I'd post my thoughts to the "Women Who Sail" group ... in a kind of joking way in case they thought I was totally disgusting. I mentioned that instead of a composting head, why not something along the lines of doggie bags? One or two women again mentioned the "bucket and chuck it", but most didn't take me seriously. I guess I'm disgusting.
Anyway, the next day I came across a fellow blogger's post called, How To Shit In A Bucket. First the doggie bags and now this post ... is somebody trying to tell me something? Okay, I gotta read this. I suggest you read the post, but it pretty much sums up how this guy has been using the bucket for years and thinks the holding tanks are what's "gross". He told the story about a guy that had his holding tank bust on his newly purchased boat due to getting caught in bad weather. Needless to say, the boat was a mess and the smell was never removed. He sold the boat at a loss.
The post went on to say that between using the facilities while on land and the bucket while in an isolated area, the only time he needed to use another option was while in a crowded anchorage. During those times he uses "Wag Bags", which he disposes of in the trash. "Wag Bags"? Sounds like doggie bags to me. Maybe I'm on to something.
I looked up the Wag Bags and basically they're the human version of doggie bags, but they also contain "Poo Powder" ... aack! ... to prevent odors and turn everything into a solid. This powder also allows the bag to be used multiple times before throwing away. Like the doggie bags, these are biodegradable. This is exactly the kinda thing I was thinking about! Evidently, these bags are pretty popular (so they claim) with campers, backpackers and boaters too. The one thing I didn't like ... the price. A dozen of these costs $34, and that can add up.
After searching the web for an alternative I found Sani-Bags, which can fit over our boat's toilet and are pretty much the same as Wag Bags but cheaper. I could buy $200 of these bags for $200. Since these bags could be used a couple of times, and the bucket and land facilities would also be taken advantage of ... maybe this could be stretched for a year .. year and a half. After all, I rarely go and my shit doesn't stink either ... well, the first part's true.
I cautiously slipped my idea into a conversation with Ken the other day ... he didn't say much. I'm gonna take this one slowly, but I'm sure thinking I'd love that extra storage space!
So seriously, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. I know my idea isn't the most convenient and perhaps disgusting to some folks, but like "Stormy" said in his blog ... "I can't think of anything more disgusting than hauling around 20 lbs. of crap ... usually under your bed".
Hasta luego ... until then. Mid-Life Cruising!