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#1 Kenpilot

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:16 PM

Has anyone or does anyone know if its possible to convert a porta-potti to a pump out head on a 246 SSi? I have heard mixed opinions from dealers and mechanics. Just wondering if anyone has done it and if its cost effective? It does have the upgraded cabinet and sink in there if that helps at all in the conversion. Thanks!
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:31 PM

Are you talking about converting a vacu-flush system? The 246 SSi should have a pump out connection on the port side just in front of where the head is located.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:43 PM

Are you talking about converting a vacu-flush system? The 246 SSi should have a pump out connection on the port side just in front of where the head is located.


It just has a porta-potti in it right now. As far as it having a pump out connection on the port side I'm not sure. Its for a boat over in CA that I am thinking about purchasing. I'll have to ask the owner. Do you know if they come standard with the pump out connection but its just an option to actually have it plumbed for a pump out? Obviously that would make it a very easy conversion if it already comes standard with a pump out connection. :-)Thanks!
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:45 PM

:thsmilie_water_119-1: i have a port-a-pot with the plumbing for pump out, most of the time i just disconnect take it out and do my cleaning thing..last year had it pumped out at the marina...worked will and because the tank was so small the young kids did it for free, give him a five and had a great day...

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:51 PM

Just called the local Chaparral dealer and he said it is definitely do-able. I would still love to hear if anybody has done this! Also, if anybody wants to chime in and give their 2 cents on if they like a Porta-Potti or pump out better. Thanks!
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:52 PM

:thsmilie_water_119-1: i have a port-a-pot with the plumbing for pump out, most of the time i just disconnect take it out and do my cleaning thing..last year had it pumped out at the marina...worked will and because the tank was so small the young kids did it for free, give him a five and had a great day...


Yeah the guy said i would have the best of both worlds because I could still use it as a P-P and just take it out and dump it or have it pumped out.
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 12:53 PM

see my post above yours....

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 01:00 PM

Just called the local Chaparral dealer and he said it is definitely do-able. I would still love to hear if anybody has done this! Also, if anybody wants to chime in and give their 2 cents on if they like a Porta-Potti or pump out better. Thanks!


Unless you are dumping into the lake (shouldn't be doing that) then the vacu-flush is much better. No spillage on the boat and can be done on the water at a pump station. Holding tank is fairly small and you will also need a fresh water system if you don't have one.

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#9 Kenpilot

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 01:06 PM

Unless you are dumping into the lake (shouldn't be doing that) then the vacu-flush is much better. No spillage on the boat and can be done on the water at a pump station. Holding tank is fairly small and you will also need a fresh water system if you don't have one.


Definitely not dumping in the lake. Was just thinking for convience and something not as "messy" as dumping out and cleaning a P-P. ;-) I would LOVE a vacu-flush but the manager at the dealership said its about another two grand for that option. No thanks! ;-)
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 01:22 PM

Definitely not dumping in the lake. Was just thinking for convience and something not as "messy" as dumping out and cleaning a P-P. ;-) I would LOVE a vacu-flush but the manager at the dealership said its about another two grand for that option. No thanks! ;-)


A direct pump out the port side would be possible I would guess fairly easy and would not require the electrical, water hookups for the vacu flush and any spills would be outside the boat- yuk. I have the vacu flush and still have a #1 policy only. (unless extreme emergencies)

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:05 PM

It just has a porta-potti in it right now. As far as it having a pump out connection on the port side I'm not sure. Its for a boat over in CA that I am thinking about purchasing. I'll have to ask the owner. Do you know if they come standard with the pump out connection but its just an option to actually have it plumbed for a pump out? Obviously that would make it a very easy conversion if it already comes standard with a pump out connection. :-)Thanks!


I have a 2006 246 SSi with a porta-potti, the boat has a pump out port on the starboard side of the bow. Works well. Also have the option to remove and dump (as stated by others)
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Posted 12 March 2010 - 07:27 PM

I have the porta potty with pump-out on my 250 Sig. A couple responses above have indicated you have the option to take the tank out and dump as well as pump out with the PP pump-out option. Mine may be a different set up, but that wouldn't work on the one I have without a great deal of work. The pump-out tube is connected to the PP waste tank. In order to manually dump you would have to disconnect this tubing. Speaking from experience, this is not a fun or exceptionally quick job.

I may be in the minority here, but I wouldn't add the pump-out option. The waste tanks on the toilet are small, the pump-out doesn't get all the waste and then you are starting with it partially full and end up getting pumped more often because of it. I just disconnected my pump-out tubing and although I don't particularly like the job, it only takes a couple minutes to pull the PP and dump it. Cleaning is cleaning regardless so that doesn't change. I got tired of paying 10 deer every third day on the boat for a pump-out.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 08:19 PM

My previous boat had a porta-pottie with a pump out connected. It was original from the factory (Sunrunner). I never used it, however, because I just sold the boat when I bought our Chap and never got the previous boat into the water after the refurbishing. So, obviously, it's doable. The hose connected to the porta-pottie at the dump fitting. It was easily removed if you wanted to dump it yourself. It had a screw-in cover to close the dump while carrying the tank to the bathroom. Installing a regular head with a holding tank isn't that difficult if you are the least bit handy with tools. Hope this helps. Good luck. Hy
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 02:22 AM

Just called the local Chaparral dealer and he said it is definitely do-able. I would still love to hear if anybody has done this! Also, if anybody wants to chime in and give their 2 cents on if they like a Porta-Potti or pump out better. Thanks!

Been boating for 21 years, always had the porti-potti. We like it better for the small boat.When looking for our new boat last year, we stayed away from the pump outs.If you really have to empty a porta-potti you can just take it into a public bathroom, no looking for pump stations. Chances are that you won't really use it enough to fill it up if you are mostly day boating.Use lots of chemical so there's no smell and clean every time you use it. :Twocents: :boating:

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 09:25 AM

My dealer suggested that the p-p with the pump-out is pretty-much a compromise, and does not work all that well.

I say a lot depends on how you intend to boat. If you're going out for entire weekends with several people, the p-p simply won't hold enough, no matter the cleaning technique.

We're mostly day boaters and back at our marina nightly, and usually it's me and the wifey. Our p-p is "manual" and it's my job of course. While slightly unpleasant it's no big deal to remove it, dump it, refill it, replace it. Usually I only have to do it every few weeks. The chemical is not expensive, available at WM, and works well. Having had three boats with no head, it was a requirement for this boat, and the 246 (and 256) has as nice a head as you'll find on this size boat.

I have a boating friend with a vacuflush system, and after seeing the problems (and costs) he's had with his, I opted for simplicity/inexpensive, and I'm not sorry.
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 09:41 AM

seems to me with the porta-potti, if your dock has a free pump out station some people like it but it never gets totally clean and if the poop hose comes loose from vibration your in a world of @#$%@#.
I take mine out, dump it in a toilet, rinse it out with lysol and refill it with the blue chems from wally world, gives it that nice chem smell. just me but I would not want a pump out on a P/P.

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 10:44 AM

Thanks for the responses everybody! I think I might just stick with the P-P and make it a rule that it is a last resport and if you use it, you dump it and clean it :-) I'm just a day boater so it shouldn't happen all that often if at all. Thanks again!!
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Posted 13 March 2010 - 12:17 PM

last one uses it cleans it out......:thmadslap-1:

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