Cruising my 1995 Catalina 42 MK II sailboat with my cat XO, the good, the bad, and the ugly of the open ocean world cruising life.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Playing in Poo (2)
Rob's Clean Head
Today was another playing in “Poo”
day. I continued to work on cleaning the bow holding tank. Rob (Kuijten) was not
so lucky. The aft head that he has been using refused to flush. After taking
apart the electric flushing system he discovered that the switch had rusted and
was no longer working. After a quick consultation we decided it was safe to
bypass the switch and use the panel switch. The only problem with this solution
was that there is a manual valve that controls “wet bowl” or “dry bowl.”
Turning the control while also turning on the panel switch would take someone
with 10 foot arms. We agreed that if we could set it in the “web bowl” position
it would be OK. With some random parts and a great deal of creativity Rob came
up with a solution that not only held the switch in the proper position but can
be removed in a minute or two.
After finally being able to flush
the toilet Rob proceeded to give the head “a clean sweep fore and aft.”
Actually, I think he spent a couple of hours cleaning and sanitizing the head
from top to bottom. It really looks great! The picture tells
XO playing mouse with Rob
Rob and XO have become great
friends. When we sit in the cockpit XO takes up residence on top of the dodger
and hangs out. Every once in a while he will stick a paw over or make a noise.
Rob loves to play with him or just pick him up and pet him. So XO now has two
staff instead of just one.