GOODBYE Marine Head & Holding Tank, HELLO Composting Toilet | Sailing Soulianis – Ep. 17


Kirk: Tell us what we
got in the mail today. Lauren: We got denatured alcohol! Just kidding. Kirk: Oh Lauren: We got an anchor. [Music] Kirk: What do we got here? Lauren: We’ve got 44
pound / 20-kilogram Rocna. It’s replacing a bent
CQR that was sacrificed when the boat was
rammed into a wall. Kirk: By not us. Lauren: Yeah so it bent the anchor.
Some people said it wasn’t a big deal and other people
said “that’s terrible.” If you have a bent anchor,
it’s going to keep wanting to unseat
itself, so I decided to get a different anchor,
a larger anchor, the new-school anchors and
one that’s not bent. We are hoping that it’s going
to fit on our bow roller. [Music] Kirk: That fits kinda nicely. Lauren: It does. [Music] [background conversation] Lauren: I’m stoked. [music] Lauren: Here’s your throne. So funny story: we’ve owned
this composting toilet longer than we’ve owned our boat, we
just haven’t opened it yet. Why would you buy a composting
toilet before you bought a boat? Kirk: Because we’re idiots. Lauren: We wanted to get
started on a project and we hadn’t closed on our
other boat officially. This was actually purchased
for the boat that we thought we were going to
buy and then, we didn’t. We ended up getting that boat. Kirk: What all we got in here?
When we decided between the C-Head, which is
this one, Nature’s Gate– Lauren: Nature’s Gate
is a toothpaste. Kirk: Nature’s Head? Lauren: Yes, I think
it was Nature’s Head. Kirk: Was the ease of
cleaning this unit. All the inside surfaces are very
smooth and instead of having to take the entire base container out of the
boat, you take just this bucket. Lauren: So then, what do you
do with that bucket? Kirk: That bucket
and then, chuck it. Lauren: You could put it
into like a plastic bag or something and just
throw it in a dumpster? Kirk: You could. That’s to keep the bugs out. It looks pretty, it does kinda look
like a throne right now. Lauren: That’s a very tall throne. So we need somewhere to
put our feet right? Kirk: Yeah Lauren: Our friends
Phil and Hadley flew in from California for the weekend. It just so happened that
Racine’s annual cardboard boat race was taking
place at the same time. [Music] Lauren: I’m glad we don’t
have a cardboard boat. [Music] Hadley: What else is there to do? [laughter] Phil: Those glasses look
good with that jacket. Kirk: Yeah? Do they have blue? Phil: They got everything. Lauren: Purple, green, blue Hadley: They got all the colors Phil: Yeah look like you’re doing something, haha! Hadley: I’ll take care
of the rope, baby. [laughter] Lauren: What did you think
of your first sail? Phil: It’s good to get
my sea legs back, just hold the wheel-
it’s called a helm. I loved it. Lauren: How did he do, Kirk? Kirk: What’s that? Lauren: How did Phil do? Kirk: How did what feel? [laughter] Phil: Hadley, did you throw up? Hadley: I did not throw
up and that’s a win. It was very relaxing after I got
past that initial bout of nausea. Phil: And you got snacks. Hadley: Oh yeah, the snacks. Kirk: There’s no better
feeling when you’re sailing than watching the other boats
go quickly behind you. Kirk: When you know that you’re
actually doing something right because I’ve been
that other boat many times. [laughter] Lauren: Hey, that dude’s in a Hobie. Hadley: I know, all kitted up Phil: I designed your kayak! Lauren: He works for Hobie. Phil: You like it? Kayaker: Awesome! Hadley: I made that! I did that. Phil: You like? Hadley: Hi. Lauren: Ooh another one. Kirk: Lauren we got four minutes. Lauren: Okay. You don’t usually do that. Phil: No. Hadley: I think,
he’s far enough from home that he feels
like he could do it. Lauren: Do you remember? Long
short or short long? Phil: Long short. [airhorn sounds] Lauren: Nice. Hadley: This is all for us? Lauren: Yes! Phil: Can we do a little loop while we’re under it? Hadley: Yeah, just park. Phil: Take our time. Kirk: Horn one. Hadley: Doing it. [horn sound] Lauren: I love that. They’re like, “You’re welcome.” [music] [background conversation] Kirk: Okay. Go back down. Oh god. [laughter] Lauren: Okay. Let’s
see what you got. Hadley: We’ve got a whole slew of stuff.
Phil what do we got? Let’s do everything we got. K let’s start here and we’ll spin to Superman. Phil: What? How am I
going to…? Hadley: You got this. [laughter] Phil: No problem. [laughter] Phil: One, two… Hadley: Wait, what? [laughter] [music] Lauren: Nice. Phil: Coming down! [laughter] [music] Kirk: All right. I feel like this mat needs
to come out of here, too. Lauren: This morning,
we took the boat out underneath both bridges
over to the other marina and pumped out our holding
tank for the first and last time because we
are ripping this out. We’re ripping out our head. Right there. We’re riping our holding tank
which is underneath the V-berth. And we are putting in a composting
toilet and we are both super excited about that
because of several reasons. The first one and grossest one being
of which the last time we were out on Lake Michigan, the boat
was heeling all over the place. I came forward and looked in the head
and saw that there was a bunch of– Kirk: Brown water. Lauren: Brown water pooling in the toilet and more so than
there should have been. Then, Kirk came down
later and tried to fix it and we ended
up with poop water- Kirk: Made it worse. Lauren: – all over the
bottom of the head pan, so that was gross
and disgusting. So, we are– Kirk: Pulling everything out
of the V-berth, so that we can get access to our holding tank
and get rid of the poopies. [music] Kirk: I hate flat heads. Whoever invented flat
heads is the worst. I can’t even see which way this lines up. Can you? Lauren: Yeah Turn the base with the screwdriver all the way to the right. Too far. Kirk: Okay. That’s clearly not going to work. Lauren: Man these are like painted in there. There we go. Kirk: It’s stripped with like one half of a thread left. Lauren: Ah, step one. Kirk: Surefire way to piss
off the next owner of your boat is to use a four-inch
flathead wood screw. Ok step two. We have our waste line,
this white one, out from the toilet. We have our vent
line up to the deck. We have our pump outline and we
have our cleaning line here. We need to disconnect
all of these, so that we can back this
tank out, which goes through the bulkhead
here, out of here and then, we can pull that
tank out of V-berth. Lauren: There are some hose
clamps that I could undo. Kirk: Come on. Lauren: Did any come out? Kirk: We didn’t have any come out of either of them. [music] Lauren: Okay. What’s next? Kirk: I don’t know which
one’s going to be worse. Hope that when we pull this off,
it doesn’t some flooding out. Time to bring in the big guns. Lauren: Check it out. All the hoses are cut
and disconnected and we’re ready to remove
the holding tank. Kirk: Okay, here we go. Lauren: Okay. Kirk: God. Lauren: Is there a lot
of water in there? Kirk: Yeah did any
come out at all? Lauren: No, not out
of the plastic bag, but the thing is this big black one. We didn’t put anything over that. Kirk: Oh eff. Yes, that would have
been disgusting. All right. So take three? Lauren: Yes. Kirk: Let’s hope this works. Lauren: Okay. Kirk: Get the black. Keep it up. Lauren: Okay. Kirk: Is it dripping? Lauren: Yeah, but it’s
just a couple of drops. Kirk: Okay. Coming through. Lauren: Oh sh–t There’s ton’s of the
stuff in the cockpit. Yes. Bye, holding tank! Kirk: That feels good. This could be very easy. Lauren: Could be? Kirk: Could be. So we don’t have to take
the toilet apart, so there is nothing nasty there. This white waste hose goes at a straight
angle through both bulkheads. If we can just pull
it all the way out of there, we don’t have to
take anything apart. All I have to do is un- Lauren: Screw the– Kirk: – screw the
toilet from the base. Lauren: Then, all that
pump and everything just stays together. Kirk: Yep. So that would be very, very nice. Lauren: Let’s see if
it works out that way. Kirk: Here we go. There. Cool. Lauren: Good? Kirk: Where did that hose clamp go? Lauren: Up top by your drill. Kirk: What would be the odds
of that? Man I’m getting good at this. We’re home free. Lauren: Both screws are out? Kirk: Yes there is one– Lauren: Or are those bolts,
where are they, love? Kirk: These are bolts. Lauren: Edumacate me. Kirk: Technically those
are like machine screws. We’re almost there. Lauren: No home free yet? Kirk: I just don’t know how hard
I’m going to be able to bend it, how close am I to pulling
that all the way through? Lauren: You got about
two and a half inches. Kirk: We could just pull
this white pipe off. And collect whatever water comes out of it. Lauren: That doesn’t sound good. Kirk: All right doesn’t mean there’s
water coming out right now. Lauren: Coming out of where? Kirk: I don’t know. Lauren: Okay, it’s out. Where’s the water coming? Kirk: From the pump handle. Okay, there we go. Lauren: It’s free? Kirk: It’s free. Lauren: Do you want me
to hold that tube up? Kirk: Yeah [music] Kirk: We did it. Success. Lauren: High five. I mean– Kirk: All right. Lauren: Now, we gotta put
the boat back together- Kirk: Yes. Lauren: – and we need to
install our composting toilet. Kirk: True. [music]

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