There are days when the insanity of boat gear makes me want to scream and shout. What’s even worse is how compliant we all seem to be with this kind of norm where boat stuff is concerned.
Talk about marine quality… The last few days I’ve been trying to fix a traveler car which retails for somewhere around $1000 and used ones go for about $700. It needs a couple of sheaves which you can’t replace short of destroying it. The worst part is that it’s a piece of crap and I don’t want it on the boat since I prefer a simpler, less expensive, system that performs a lot better. Still, throwing too-expensive gear in the dumpster because it was designed to be non-repairable truly offends my sense of right/wrong big time.
Meanwhile, on other tasks, I’m sorting out a new urine-diverting dry toilet for the Islander with the idea that I can shoehorn the watermaker into the head as well. My thinking at the moment is that a smaller toilet envelope would be no bad thing. While I’m inclined to DIY and my last composting head worked perfectly for going on to fifteen years I’m somewhat intrigued by this German head in terms of size which, on a boat, is really just about all you need.
Obviously a simple urine-diverting dry toilet is so simple to build that it’s childs-play to build one for less but wrangling the various bits together can be a whole lot more time-consuming than you’d expect. At this price I’m seriously tempted.
Another somewhat nicer albeit more expensive unit from Trelino might be worth checking out as well.