Date: 23 February 2015. Toilet Tissue (aka TP)
Bandwidth issues continue so dates
are out of kilter.
like me who do not get great joy from shopping, having an adequate
supply of toilet paper aboard is a good thing. A few years back a
friend built for me a nifty storage locker. There is a drawback
to my system however. Today I shall delve into that issue, and how I solved
helped with my number one issue:
The top of the head was below the waterline.
that a hose could cause flooding and sink Seaweed so wanted the head
raised. As an adjunct, the locker the head sits on now stores my toilet
tissue. [The right side currently holds a small AC powered fan.]
The bolts just above my TP hold the
Lavac* in place.
*Lavac is a well-regarded brand of
marine head aka boat toilet. It uses a Whale Gusher bilge pump versus an internal pump.
When a problem develops with the pump it is a simple matter to swap
out the hand pumps.
the TP to fit into that locker makes the center part flat. It will
not spin properly.
have attempted to make the cardboard at the center of the roll round again but invariably the doggone thing would
not dispense properly. That is when I came up with the idea to make a
center spinner for the roll.
stores I had a bit of leftover hose that suited the purpose.
roll on that little piece of hose has made all the difference in the
world. From an aggravating situation I now have a roll that works
perfectly. It also will not unroll in rough seas. And for the price of
a piece of hose (free) I have a working toilet paper dispenser.
Ideally because it is
light weight toilet paper can be stored high in lockers. It is
generally best to keep weighty items low in the hull which
offers a more stable ride. Sailboats have keels to aid in
ballast and the same principal applies to trawlers.
That said, aboard Seaweed
I am limited when it comes to storage space. I want items
accessible where I need them so I have opted to have the TP
under the head. Squishing allows me to store more rolls in a
Squeezing those rolls
creates a problem: the rolls will not spin properly. That is why I
use a piece of hose in the center. This is not ideal, but it is
good enough -- and free.
In the picture you might note
a hand-hold in the bottom left corner. It allows me to hold
on, just in case things are rocking.
A couple of eyes and some
line hold the bar (red oak) that originally was for a hand
My toilet paper was to the
right of the soap dispenser, but reaching... well, this is
much more convenient though aesthetically it could be better.
Life is good afloat, especially when the Charmin with Aloe dispenses
Where do you keep your toilet paper?
Are you particular about brands?
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