|The new design continues to work well, but here's some things you should know:|
First of all, a bit of advice on the urine container: With the quarantine in effect, we've found we're using our onboard setup a lot more than usual. Now, typically, we empty the 'pee bottle" as it mostly gets referred to every 1 1/2 to two days. Now it's every day. I've found the basic rule is: Empty the thing even if it doesn't need it. Dump it when you think of it, and you'll never do the "where did this water come from?. . ..ohhh!" thing. The Urine container is really easy to deal with, and I give it a quick rinse whenever we empty it just to make sure we don't have any odors (which we don't).
Dumping the new solid waste design is really easy, just pull off the top and urine diverter (making sure that any remaining urine in the hose goes into its bottle) and take the bucket up and dump it. When on the hook or at cruise, I keep a second bucket on deck with a lid so they can be switched out and dumped onshore later. At least once a month, take the whole contraption ashore and hose it off. That will keep any of the upper parts of the toilet from getting grubby looking and disgusting. It's a simple, largely no-touch operation and that comprises basically all the minimal maintenance needed for this system.
Speaking of disgusting. . .
In hot weather in some places, flies can be an issue. Not flies, maggots. Yes, nothing says "I love my boat" like the possibility of maggots crawling up your butt when you're on the john. They're attracted by the scent of scat, and, in our case, it doesn't help that the cat box shares the head with our composting toilet.
But fear not, gentle reader, there is a solution to this. First of all, almost all fly problems are caused by an inadequate amount of dry material in the loo. The flies require the moisture to lay their eggs, and desiccated droppings won't do it for them. Just keep up with an adequate amount of wood stove pellets or sawdust, and you shouldn't have an issue (we add a bit more in the warm months or when flies are present, just to be safe). We will also add a few drops of lemon eucalyptus oil which seems to deter them from even being interested in the space.
After a rather cool spring, summer has come here to the Chesapeake with a vengeance. The heat index yesterday was 105F with the same predicted today. They are literally loading the barges for the fireworks display on the river 60 feet behind our stern. (um, no smoking please)
|These ominous looking canisters are Forth of July Fireworks, which are being loaded rather uncomfortably close to our stern. Ah well, it's just for the day.|