I told myself I wouldn’t do it. I wanted to finish up on deck first before I got into the guts of the boat, but I just did not have time to sit down and do real work, I had a sanding disc on the grinder, and I just had to know what was under the ‘glass.
Built in 1963, Flirt came with an old school head. Do your thing, open the valve, and pump your shit overboard, hopefully to never been seen again. Unlike what some naysayers will tell you, it was not good for the environment. I am old enough to remember when Marinas smelled like cesspools and you could always tell when somebody was “taking care of business” on their boat by the added smell, sound, and eventually the sight of what they just did.
Old marine toilets were only good for two things: Wprsening the water around them, and clogging up on the smallest things.
I am not going to go into what sort of head Flirt is going to get. She has a nastipotti now, but I am leaning towards Military surplus “wagbags” and a bucket. It would certainly save a lot of room, but any female sailing partners might not be thrilled by it. So I will have to see.
So, I took a grinder to flirt’s bottom. I started with the cockpit drain thruhulls just to see what they looked like. Multiple layers of bottompaint combined with some fairing led them to be rough looking holes. The grinder quickly exposed bronze fittings. As much as I am addicted to bronze fittings, they will be coming out and being replaced with new ones.
The thruhull for the sink was in a similar state. this one I am going to relocate. I have noticed that later Spirits have it at the waterline (actually just above on the bootstripe) and I really like the idea of one less hole in the actual bottom of the boat.
and finally, the head. While the original marine head has been long gone, whomever pulled it out left the two thruhulls (intake and output) and just glassed over them. the huge hole that the toilet used for pumping stuff overboard looks like it was filled with bondo before being ‘glassed over. Well, while they are also nice bronze fittings, they have to go.