Last month’s report on fast-dissolve toilet paper took on a new significance this past week as we began testing Sealand’s Vacuflush toilets, toilets that literally suck waste into the holding tank. The chief advantage of the Vacuflush system is that they need less water for flushing. These units require very little water to flush, but this makes it harder for some toilet papers to dissolve. The two units that we tested both came with vehement warnings against using Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper, which has been proven to cause problems with Vacuflush systems. Readers can see a full report on this topic in the August issue.
Our point man in this project is Dave Gill, an avid sailor with a background in construction and electronics. He’s too modest to claim to be a plumbing expert, but his experience with boats, buildings, and homes—not to mention several weeks with marine toilets of all make and brands—has given him some unique insight into the range of marine toilets on the market today.
As we work to expand our testing program, we will be looking for more people like Dave, people with long boating backgrounds and expertise that can be applied to our work. It is unglamorous work—as Dave, now a master at installing and unclogging plugged marine toilets, will attest—but if you have a sincere desire to help other boaters make the right choices when outfitting their boats, it can be extremely rewarding. We are particularly interested in working with more people with strong backgrounds in science, engineering, marine electronics, and other marine trades.
If you think you might have what it takes to be a PS tester, please send your CV or resumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.