Everyone who’s spent any time at sea has experienced a time when, well, you gotta go. It is those occasions that punctuate, with an exclamation mark, the fact that all marine toilets are not created equal. We caught up with experts from Xylem, Makers of Jabsco Marine Toilets, to figure out this game of thrones.
1. Fine China – A porcelain bowl is ideal, as it is more durable and easier to clean and disinfect than plastic ones.
2. Water Water, Everywhere—Look for stainless-steel or corrosion-resistant fasteners, as the head is usually a wet environment, especially when combined with the shower.
3. Splash-Proof—The pump should feature a splash-proof motor for the reasons listed above.
4. Heavy Metal—In boats that use salt water in the system, the macerator mechanism should be stainless-steel or bronze.
5. Footprints—Make sure the physical dimensions of the toilet aren’t too large for mounting in your head space.
6. Electric—Make sure the wiring is appropriate to support the current draw of the motor.
7. Access Points—Make sure all the serviceable areas are easy to reach, and that the motor is easily accessed to maintain or replace.