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retsina

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Time to buy a new sea toilet. I am thinking bewteen the Jabsco manual (£130) or the Blake Lavac Taylor (£200). however, the use different systems, the Lavac relies on creating a vacum, whereas the Jabsco has an up and down pump action, pumping water in and out. Which is better, what is your experience.

Also, the 12v electric toilets are good value for money; have you had any problems with the electric toilets?
 

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I'm a confrmed Lavac fan. Mine has been entirely trouble free for 10 years. First use today after launching and it was perfect. I can't actually imagine anything simpler.
 

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No contest . Lavac lavac lavac.

But the plumbing layout is important see the installation instructions HERE

Not sure if both Popular and Zenith versions are still vailable in the UK. Zenith is NLA in USA but replaced by an improved Popular.

Curious method of electrifying the Lavac!

Jabsco electric famous I believe for the noise it makes.
 

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When I bought my present boat I replaced the old toilet with a Lavac : it has given absolutely reliable service for twenty-two years and fifty-five thousand miles. The pump has been replaced once (worn out) and the whole installation looks as though it is no more than a couple of years old.
Add to that the fact that operation is utter simplicity: all you have to do is to train your crew (and visitors!) to put absolutely nothing down it that has not been down the gullet first, plus a modicum of paper, and give it twenty full, steady 'in-out' pumps, every time, without fail.
 

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No contest . Lavac lavac lavac.

But the plumbing layout is important see the installation instructions HERE

Not sure if both Popular and Zenith versions are still vailable in the UK. Zenith is NLA in USA but replaced by an improved Popular.

Curious method of electrifying the Lavac!

Jabsco electric famous I believe for the noise it makes.

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This link http://www.sea-sure.co.uk/ is the uk Distributor. If you download the third bit, it gives more info.

They are very helpful people. A phone call to them will let you know where your nearest retailer is.
 

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Just fitted an electric - heaven /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

Just push the button. OK people say they are noisy, but only for a few seconds the pumping was almost as noisy and for a lot longer.
 

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Lavac.

BTW a friend who fitted an electric version insists that you should fit the switch out of reach of seated position. I didn't want to ask how he found that out! /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif
 

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Lavac, but you should not have to pay £200. Available from on line chandlers for nearer £150. Make sure you decide on whether you want the pump on or behind a bulkhead because there are two different pumps.
 

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Spent so much on spare parts ( bits of plastic and rubber )for the Jabsco toilet over the 3 years it was fitted I could have paid for the Lavac I should have binned it a lot earlier. Have had a Lavac manual for around 6 years without a bit of trouble so no contest.
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Spent so much on spare parts ( bits of plastic and rubber )for the Jabsco toilet over the 3 years it was fitted I could have paid for the Lavac I should have binned it a lot earlier. Have had a Lavac manual for around 6 years without a bit of trouble so no contest.
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No wonder the Jabsco gave trouble if you were using the Lavac manual! Didn't the Jabsco come with its own instructions?
 

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I've never had a spot of trouble with either of my jabsco lavatories. I only changed it as I wanted a full sized bowl.

But buy lavac if you need to be with the 'in crowd', make sure it matches this year's oilies hanging in the heads.
 

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But buy lavac if you need to be with the 'in crowd', make sure it matches this year's oilies hanging in the heads

[/ QUOTE ] What does that say about my oilies, hanging next to a 25 year old Lavac? /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

NB How come whenever this question comes up, you get a lot of very enthusiastic pro-Lavac responses but rarely for other makes? Doesn't that say something about the quality and reliability?
 

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We went through the very same dilemma last year.
Had a jabsco in both our heads and liked the simplicity of them, but were dificult to keep clean.... to many parts around the bowl.
Went for a Lavac (after advice on here). and in my opiion are in a differant league.
Very easy to clean and works without fault.
Play around with the wee breather plugs at the top of the intake hose....
Black one with a bigger hole leaves less water in the bowl but the person coming in after you to use it wont have to wait so long for the vacume to release.
White one with the smallest hole leaves lots of water in the bowl but also takes a longer time to release the vacume.
You can always make your own one to find a happy balance.
 

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to go against the trend, as soon as they came out i bought 2 jabsco twist n' lock for 100pounds each. They've given me over a year's trouble free use (some of that as a liveaboard, really getting used) and the twisting function stops any thing from trickling back down the pipe and into the bowl, which is good. They work as well or bettter than any other manual toilet i've used.
That's all i have to say on the matter.
 

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Just replace a 27 year old Jabsco with another (the new twist & lock). Very happy with it, and we only paid £93 for it.

The old one was OK, just had a fresh water leak but looked tired and we were redoing the heads compartment. However the new one is a leap ahead, easy to clean and operate.
 
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