There’s one thing all humans have in common, the clue is in the title of this article, that’s right! We all poo, yes its true, with the exception of Kim Jong-Un the North Korean leader, everyone at some point needs to let one rip! The problem is, traditional boat toilets (otherwise known as heads) can often be quite daunting to newbie boaters; especially when a sea head has the potential to sink your boat if installed wrong or poorly maintained.
It therefore comes as no surprise that boaters are looking for alternative ways to deal with there black waste and whether you are on the sea, canal or river, nobody wants to see other peoples poop float past. It really does spoil the view!
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SO WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?
There’s Jabsco sea heads, cassette toilets, macerators; actually, come to think of it there are lots of options! Some of them more expensive than others, but the one we are here to review is the Simploo compost toilet.
It’s been over a year since I moved onto my Seamaster 950 project boat. I can’t deny it’s been a struggle, but needs must. One major issue has been the lack of water supply or sewerage system on the boatyard. I needed a solid solution (excuse the pun). My first plan was to go to the local pub every time I needed the toilet, but i quickly realized that wouldn’t work; I would be bankrupt within a week after excessive guilt-buying of Guinness and peanuts. My second idea was to use a cassette toilet and dump the waste somewhere, however, this is not sustainable or environmentally friendly. So I looked into compost toilets.
The Simploo compost toilet was one of the most affordable options allowing me to collect and compost my waste in a responsible and sustainable way. It also looks a bit like a traditional toilet (much more comfortable) with it’s white seat and glimmering shell.
WHAT IS THE SIMPLOO COMPOST TOILET?
The Simploo is a waterless composting toilet which uses the natural process of aerobic decomposition to manage human waste. In layman’s terms; a compost toilet allows your poop to start breaking down (aka composting), helping to reduce and remove pathogens and bacteria that can cause us harm.
It comes with a 20-litre container for solids and a urine separator with the option of a
Width – 35cms Height – 50cms Length 52cms (excluding the fan housing which is 3cms long) making it small enough to fit into most boats with ease.
After a year of regular use, it’s safe to say that I am most defiantly happy with the purchase. It’s been ideal, as the unit is compact and can fit into a wet room without using up too much space. The white plastic seat and shell are easy to clean with
The fan is more essential in the summer months due to the heat and rate of decomposition. In the winter, when fruit flies aren’t such an issue, I simply open the window; it saves on battery life! It’s a good idea to use more sawdust in the summer to keep the wet room smelling fresh. All this aside, compost toilets are often an art-form to get right, but there are plenty of online groups out there to help you along the way (so don’t be discouraged!) People can be negative about compost toilets, they are often seen as smelly and unhygienic yet the same people continue to drink household water from the same water supply they defecate in.
It’s also worth mentioning that the 20-litre solids container isn’t enough space to allow you to complete the entire composting process. One other option is to purchase a few more containers and rotate them. The Simploo will only really allow you to start the composting process before emptying into a secondary container. There simply isn’t enough room for a years supply of toilet trips in one pot! Some expensive compost toilets have a heating element which speeds the process up. But if you wanted to be clever, a DIY heating mat will do the same thing and for a fraction of the cost.
- For a compost toilet, it is affordably priced at £299.00–£329.00 for the entire unit in
comprasionto other compost toilets on the market.
- 20 litres solid container, which is easy to clean if using a liner.
- 7-litre urine collection bottle.
- 12v dc and 240v ac options.
- The unit is strong and will take a lot of weight.
- Available with a urine pipe and urine collector depending on your needs.
- Good and responsive customer service.
- Small and will fit in most tiny home bathrooms.
- Incredibly lightweight making it ideal for both boats, and campervan conversions where weight is an
- Doesn’t look quite as glamorous as some of the more high-end compost toilets on the market.
- The urine cap sometimes falls out of the urine container when you lift out for a clean.
- The urine collection bottle can’t be washed out with boiling water.
- Traditional Sea heads and cassette toilets are more
- To check the urine level you will need to lift the seat up. Failure to check will lead to urine over flowing.