The Modern-day Flush: Push All the Right Buttons

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The Modern-day Flush: Push All the Right Buttons

Several of the units PS looked at came with what might be called “smart” flushing capability. Instead of a simple momentary switch—push to flush, release to stop flushing—these switches controlled flow and the timing of various filling and flushing functions. Most allowed for about a half-gallon of water for a full flush, and a five-second delay between rinse and flush.

1. The Jabsco Lite Flush panel offered a buffet of functions: fill, flush, empty, and quick flush, which uses very little water.

2. Johnson Pumps Aqua-T (80-47436-01) had a simple membrane “push-to-flush” button, an interface that left no ambiguity.

3. & 4. The more rugged and nearly identical rocker switches on the Johnson Pumps Aqua-T (80-47231-01) and the Jabsco Quiet Flush allowed for simultaneous fill and flush, fill, or flush. Testers found this a good compromise between automation and manual control, without becoming too complicated.

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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