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  1. I'll add one for you. Iced tea. Only place you can get it in Canada is at a Starbucks. One time I asked a kid for it at a Tim Hortons back in 'Trano' and he looked at me like I was speaking in tongues. Yeah I know, these migrants come up here from the South and want to bring all their cultural baggage with them. Maybe you need a Wall.
  2. Best quote I heard from behind a US bar when my friend asked for a Heineken: "OK, Hun', do you want that in a Miller or a Bud bottle?". The Lund store (relocated since I was last there) is about 1/2 liquor now. Still, nothing very remarkable in the walk in beer cooler. Yeah, I know it is the end of the road. They did have many imports. Spent the better part of a half hour picking the splinters from the Lund docks from my dock lines.
  3. Yeah, we have some down here like Coors and Bud. But microbrews have taken over and you can get anything. With the BC government monopoly much more limited up there. Just went through the gov'mnt store at Madera Park, hardly a thing worth drinking and I left empty handed. I think bull rails are perhaps more of a foot hazard, but let's call that one a draw. Now for splinters, you can't beat the bull rails. These picked up just this afternoon on the Lund dock rails. Add to that, Nancy's is closed Mon-Tues so no cinnamon buns to ease the pain.
  4. Just buy a pump - you will then have a spare. Nothing like having it in hand for planning it out.
  5. Different cultures in different lands. In this particular one, they say "Eh?" a lot, produce soggy french fries & weak beer, overcook their hamburgers, and have never seen a cleat. Other than that, a wonderful place and wonderful people.
  6. Crossed the border yesterday and got my very first Bull Rail Slime and splinters that evening at Van Isle marina. Green and brown stains on the dock lines, a few splinters. Good to be back again! Anchored in Nanaimo tonight, so no more bull rails until probably Lund. Headed for Alaska on the trawler, fortunately I had a little fuel left from last year so the fill up was only $1250..... Still, the new main for the sailboat was well over an order of magnitude higher than that.
  7. I don't think a pretty hard 90 would be an issue. If you look at the bowl exit from the Lavac, it is about 1" ID so anything that gets to the pump and elbows has to go through that first. Of course sweeps are best to the extent there is room. The inlet is just water and since it sticks straight out the back a 90 is almost always necessary unless you can go straight through the wall. I would go with the Raritan in a heat beat over the Shields or Trident PVC stuff - so much easier to work with, even if it does have wires. I'm not sure what is going on behind your cabinets, I'd scooch the pump le
  8. Have been up there more than once, never in a Catalina 22, but I can see absolutely no reason why you wouldn't. One time, there was a small open rowboat (16' maybe?) with a lug sail rig, youngish but not young couple, headed that direction and well along the route. Another time a couple of young Irishmen on a 19' open centerboarder with little experience, also headed that way.
  9. That is clear PVC water pipe, PVC is fairly easily heat bent. That clear stuff (sourced from McMaster) happens to heat bend particularly nicely. The problem with using it is the OD of 1 1/4" standard water pipe is about 1.61", too big for 1.5" hose. So I turned the ends down to 1.5 to get the hose on. If you are starting with schedule 80, there is still plenty of wall. If I know exactly what I want I just turn the ends, if less sure I turn a whole length down. To heat bend it, I stick a spring of the right OD inside, heat it until it gets rubbery with a heat gun (be patient, it takes awh
  10. You can remove the cover of the pump (which has the inlet and outlet) and mount it at any 45 deg rotation. Of course you can also mount it askew on the bulkhead at any orientation, the the handle motion might get confusing. You might want to buy a Henderson Mark V pump from a local chandler who will let you return it and hold it up various places. A big consideration is how the hose is going to lead in and out of where ever it comes from / goes to. You MUST mount the pump as shown, outlet at the top or within 45 deg of the top due to the way the valves work. It'll work sideways - though
  11. I think Peggie Hall recommends running a lot more water through it than the minimum required to clear the bowl. The fossilized deposits in the vacuum accumulator probably don't inhibit the function until they become extreme - still you like to think of your deposit being whisked away never to be seen again, and it wasn't the case.
  12. I've carried a spare set of lid gaskets and a couple of rebuild kits for the Henderson for 13 years now. I did rebuild the aft head pump in 2018, actually I could have just cleaned the crusty calcium deposits out of it and put it back together but since it was apart I put in the new parts. That is the only maintenance I've done. I have 6 Henderson pumps on board: aft head, forward head, forward head pumpout, and bilge pump (which is a double). Still have the remaining rebuild kit. Those pumps are very reliable. I set up the aft head with two Y valves, so that the one pump can be used for
  13. I'd differ with her on that. The design of the Lavac is unique, and uniquely simple. There are no sliding or rotating seals anywhere. There are almost no metal components (only fasteners and the pump handle) and none in contact with effluent. The toilet has one moving part (the lid), a new pump is available for <$140 complete, the service kit which includes every moving and wearing part (all three of them) is <$50. The rebuild, should it ever be necessary, takes about 15 minutes. No other head comes close to its simplicity. The Raritan manual heads are moon rocket complicated by comparis
  14. There are instructions with the Lavac, but they are not as adamant as they should be about the necessity of following them. In your drawing, the pump will be WAY too high to operate well. I would put it directly behind the seat and a few inches above if you have access. On my aft one, it is behind the seat and just high enough for the installed handle to clear the seat when open. Surprisingly, it is not in the way at all when you sit. However it would be better lower, which would require removing the handle from the socket when opening the lid. Not a big deal but a small deal. You might b
  15. Also plan the loop for the flush water intake. It wants to loop about 6 inches above the bowl rim. That affects two things: the amount of water left in the bowl at the end of a cycle, and how hard you have to pump to get the flush water flowing. They work very nicely when well installed, can be cranky if compromises are made. On my aft head, the pump is higher above the bowl than ideal, makes it harder to pump and leaves the water higher after a cycle. Originally we installed the pump sideways (inlet/outlet horizontal) as it made the plumbing easier, bad mistake. Vertical or at least within 45
  16. On a Lavac, the pump evacuates the bowl, rinse water is drawn in by that suction provided the lid seals. The intake is a simple pipe near the top of the bowl led to seawater somewhere. So water can be introduced anyway you like. They way mine are plumbed, the intake is tee'd from the sink drain below the waterline (but just above the seacock). Since this is normally flooded if the seacock is open, it is flushed with seawater. However I want to flush with fresh (which I do at the end of each trip) I close the seacock and run fresh water in the sink, pumping it out with the Lavac, which flushes
  17. On a Vacuflush, out of site is not out of mind. That just means it made it to the vacuum generation tank, not the holding tank. I flushed a lot of water through mine routinely, and probably 20 gallons or more through it before I took it apart, and the impaction still present in the vacuum tank was appalling and disgusting. The design of that tank does not encourage thorough emptying, there are baffles and corners that trap shit so to speak and the pickup is not at the lowest point. On a macerator like the Marine Elegance, this stuff is ground up and shot through a 1" hose at pretty good
  18. Makes me think I'm shitting in my guitar. Maybe it should have strings stretched across like a vegetable mandolin, to break of the big ones.
  19. I have clear PVC piping going into and out of the pump. You can watch your dinner go through it on the way out.
  20. I've got two Lavacs on the sailboat, they have been nearly flawless for over a decade. I did rebuild the pump on the main cabin one a couple of years ago as it seemed to be pumping a little less efficiently. There has been zero maintenance other than that. You do have to train guests a little, mainly to pump enough strokes. The trawler came to me with a Vacuflush. It can leak water, effluent, and vacuum, makes enough noise when flushed to wake the dead, and the vacuum generator takes up quite a lot of space. Not that easy to service and parts aren't real cheap either. Used it for two se
  21. When I need to cure epoxy I bring home a deep dish pizza, wrap it around the epoxy to keep it warm. Works much better than an incandescent bulb and once the epoxy it done you can eat it for breakfast.
  22. Not so much the electricity, but the replacement costs. I have something like 140 can lights in the ceiling of my house, some of them 22' up. Halogen bulbs were lasting about 1000 - 1500 hours, had to replace them all the time. Replaced them all with LED about 6-7 years ago, haven't replaced one since. Well worth it.
  23. Pretty soon, you'll see a 100W bulb on eBay for $110 minimum bid....
  24. But, car makers typically are targeting say a minimum of a few hundred thousand production for any particular model. And many parts shared between models. "Production" cruising sailboats on the other hand are hoping for a few hundred, a smashing success. Thus "production" boats aren't even built in the numbers that prototypes for testing are built in the automotive world.
  25. Yacht design has always been a very faddish business. Like a herd of sheep, it takes twists and turns, but pretty much in sync. Even if you design an odd custom, you will get pushback from every quarter, towards the middle. I'd like to see a much wider variety of designs on the market - but probably not going to happen, too much risk.
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