Living simply has its complications. For me, one complication is that I have no toilet. I know its taboo to talk bathroom talk, but I think secretly everyone likes the subject. Its silly, stinky, and is accompanied by sounds that make me laugh.
I had a toilet of sorts when I first purchased my boat, but I removed it with big plans of adding a plumbing system that would allow me to pump the waste overboard (only where it is legal to do so, of course) so I didn’t have to carry a holding tank of waste aboard my boat all the time. This would avoid the unnecessary, accidental malfunction resulting in a spillage that would inevitably happen at the worst time; when the boat is being tossed about by big seas. What would have started out as a small drip might quickly turn into a medium spray and then a large mess.
So, I drilled a hole in the bottom of my boat. Little hole, big mistake. I couldn’t complete the plumbing project. So, one hole, several weeks, and lots of money later I went from an ok toilet that sort of worked but smelled bad to no toilet at all. After shedding some tears, arguing with a friend who was there to help me, and freaking out over my lost cat (who was temporarily on the loose, a fugitive from the construction his home was experiencing) I realized that, as always, there is a much simpler solution.
Now I am on the search for the perfect bucket. It’s a great solution. By using a bucket, I can dispose of my waste overboard or in a shore toilet, whichever is appropriate at the time. But finding the right bucket is also complicated, and I have tested three so far. I need one with a sturdy handle and an excellent lid with a tight seal…probably one with a rubber gasket or screw top lid. I prefer buckets smaller than the standard 5 gallon “Homer Bucket” that you can find at Home Depot. Although it seems small…my boat has limited space for a bucket and has to share the space with my cat’s litter box. If you know of such a bucket, please contact me.