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7 years 7 months ago #2441 by greg marsh
I would appreciate any advice on newer, bolt on replacements for our 1976 forward and aft heads, please?
Thanks,

GM.

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7 years 7 months ago - 7 years 7 months ago #2442 by Edward Schwiebert
We replaced ours with Raritan macerating heads (to avoid or reduce the incidence of blockage in joker valves, etc.). They have a small footprint and work well. We would have looked at composting heads if they had smaller footprint, but too big for our B44.
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7 years 7 months ago #2443 by Edward Watson
Replied by Edward Watson on topic Replacement heads.
My New Hope still has the original W-C heads. They have been rebuilt several times over the years, but still work fine.
I made the switch to using fresh water in the heads. The heads work better and last longer (between rebuilds), and the smell of using salt water in the heads is gone, as is the calcium build-up in the hoses.
The rebuild kits are now $200, but it has been ten years since the last rebuild on the head most used.
I live aboard, in Marathon.
I have seen a lot of folks spend a lot of money and aggravation, trying to re-invent things that work already.

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7 years 7 months ago #2444 by greg marsh
Replied by greg marsh on topic Replacement heads.
Thank you, where can I get the kits? Is this for a Whitby or Brewer 44?

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7 years 7 months ago #2445 by Michael Collins
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We replaced our forward head with an Airhead composting one. We have a B44 and it's perfect. Wouldn't trade it! Thinking of putting one in our 5th wheel.

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7 years 7 months ago #2446 by Edward Watson
Replied by Edward Watson on topic Replacement heads.
Gerry would know for sure, but I think you can still get rebuild kits from WasteMarine.

It takes a bit to rebuild them, hone the pump tube etc, but they are a thing of beauty and will last 100 years with some care.

I use a mix of Never-seize and grease. No old boat should be without Never-seize.

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