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Why is the “toilet lid” always down?

     I am enjoying remembering my recent sailing adventure. 

     It only took a week for my sea legs to go away---and that was on calm seas and only a four day trip.  (My first soccer game after the trip was interesting to say the least.)  From a home inspector's point of view, sailboats like the Zodiac are interesting studies in building (I know----I was supposed to be on vacation---Home inspectors are never really on vacation!) 

     One of the many things that interested me about the boat was the toilets (yes the masts were real cool too).  But think about the importance of the toilets on a boat.  What a catastrophe if the toilets ceased to function for---------let's say---------20 minutes?--------20 hours?  "How long can YOU hold water?"----"tread" water?  Whoops----don't want to be doing that either!

     Guess who was in charge of the toilets on the boat?

     The Captain.

      If you guessed the "Captain" you can go to the "Head" of the class.  What I find particularly interesting is that if toilet-drains on boats followed the same rules as their landlubber cousins, there would be lots of times the drains wouldn't drain due to the boat listing this way and that.  It didn't take too long to figure out why the toilets were located in the center of the boat and were back to back in adjacent rooms.  In this position---depending on which way the boat was listing---there would always be a toilet where the lid would stay open.  Obviously designed by a real man!  Sorry----no pictures of the toilets---they were boring---and functional (mostly).  Here are a few pictures of what we were really there to look at:

distant olympic mountains






































mt baker in the distance



















Charles Buell 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsCharles Buell • April 25 2008 08:52AM


Is that the easy way to put the seat down or what!
Posted by Shannon Aldrich, NH & Maine Real Estate Seacoast (Keller Williams Coastal Realty) about 11 years ago


You deserve a vacation!  I love the sea and your pictures were great! 

Posted by Mary PAUL, ABR, CRS,GRI, e-PRO, (RE/MAX Advantage Realtors, Searcy, AR) about 11 years ago
Charles,  That's not just any lighthouse.  It is the New Dungeness Lighthouse on the end of the Dungeness Spit.  It just celebrated it's 150th year.  Sequim is proud to include the lighthouse in it's history books.   That is a fabulous picture with a new point of view that most of us around here don't get to see.
Posted by Alan Burwell (McHugh Realtors) about 11 years ago

Mary, thanks!

Kathy, you must be a native of the area!  My sweetie spent a week in the lighthouse last December---so I knew its name.  The boat trip was a cruise of Puget Sound lighthouses of which the Dungeness was one.  Glad you recognized it.  Here is another pic for you:New Dungeness Lighthouse



















Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 11 years ago

HHMMM, I see snow on top of them Mountains in the distance.....Looks cold. I'm sure it was an enjoyable trip.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) about 11 years ago
Sean, lots and lots of snow this past winter---still coming down in the mountains I guess.
Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 11 years ago
Charles, It looked as if you learned quite a bit while on the schooner. Neat pictures. I really miss sailing.
Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 11 years ago
Beautiful scenery!  I'm sure it was a great trip .... water and I don't do well in enclosed spaces, so that is one I would have to live vicariously thru others on.
Posted by Derek Bauer's, Door to Dreams Home Selling Team (Real Estate One) about 11 years ago
I wish I lived nearer the ocean. I try to get there a couple times a year, but it doesn't always work out, so then I just settle for Lake Erie (only 35 miles away), and some walleye fishing instead, which is nice, but not the same.
Posted by Kevin Corsa, H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector (H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)) about 11 years ago

Michael, so you lived somewhere else for a while?  Ever sail on boats like this?

Derek, I am kind of the same way----it was still fun anyway

Kevin,  having lived on the shores of lake Ontario for 18 years, I can say that the great lakes can "behave" like oceans at times---just without the smell of the salt air!

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 11 years ago