Pump Details: Wiring, Clamps, and Inlet Ports

Pump Details


All the test toilets had at least one electric pump to handle supply and flushing duties; some had one pump for each job. The best pumps pushed more water faster and didn’t hesitate when they hit solids.

1. Raritan Sea Era’s dual-function pump featured three different inlet options.

2. The Jabsco Quiet Flush’s macerator pump had exceptionally long lead wires.

3. The Johnson Pump for the Aqua-T (80-47231) had a rated flow of 2.4 gallons per minute. Quick-connect end fittings made installation easy, but testers preferred the generic threaded, barbed fittings.

4. The Jabsco Quiet Flush’s supply pump was rated at 3.8 gallons per minute. Its barbed end-fittings accept conventional hose clamps.

Darrell Nicholson, editor of Practical Sailor, grew up boating on Miami’s Biscayne Bay on everything from prams to Morgan ketches. Two years out of Emory University, after a brief stint as a sportswriter, he set out from Miami aboard a 60-year-old wooden William Atkin ketch named Tosca. For 10 years, he and writer-photographer Theresa Gibbons explored the Caribbean, crossed the Pacific, and cruised Southeast Asia aboard Tosca, working along the way as journalists and documenting their adventures for various travel and sailing publications, including Cruising World, Sail, Sailing, Cruising Helmsman, and Sailing World. Upon his return to land life, Darrell became the associate editor, then senior editor at Cruising World magazine, where he worked for five years. Before taking on the editor’s position at Practical Sailor, Darrell was the editor of Offshore magazine, a boating-lifestyle magazine serving the New England area. Darrell has won multiple awards from Boating Writer’s International, including the Monk Farnham award for editorial excellence. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100-ton Master license and has worked as a harbor pilot and skippered a variety of commercial charter boats.


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