The other day I noticed that the going rate for a popular faux composting toilet was a kiss over a thousand dollars and my initial reaction was…
“Are we really that stupid?”
Apparently so it would seem if people are willing to spend $1000 for what amounts to a bucket, a jug, and a toilet seat packaged together. As the saying goes; “There’s one born every minute.
The scary part, for me at least, is that the so-called composting toilet is about $400 more than what I consider the gold standard of MSDs the LAVAC. I’ll go on record if I had to have a marine toilet aboard a boat of mine the only toilet I’d ever consider is the LAVAC. Need I say more?
That said, in my estimation, the only marine head that actually makes sense is the misnamed composting toilet. Misnamed because they really don’t actually compost waste but simply hold the contents in a sort of stasis until it can be taken away or dumped overboard where legal.
Which is not to say that they don’t work very well as we can attest to having pooped regularly into one for over a decade without ever having any negative issues at all. The fact that our toilet is the DIY variety and only cost about $100 says a lot about how DIY is often the best way to go and often better then the manufactured variety.
My dad once gave me some great advice a very long time ago regarding interpersonal relationships which also applies to basic toilet design…
“You never want to stir that shit up”
A pithy quote that cries out to be emblazoned on a quality t-shirt if there ever was one.
Since we’re speaking of toilets on boats, I’d be remiss, not to mention that the current Latitude 38 has a marine toilet survival guide of sorts that is well worth reading.