Aftermarket Must-Haves: Marine Sanitation

Products that make houseboat living better

Published online: May 15, 2014 Product Lee Lovell
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Houseboat magazine generally attracts three types of readers: those who own a houseboat, those who are looking to purchase their first one and those who love to dream of the experience of owning one some day.

Appropriately though, the main focus seems to be on the big picture: owning a houseboat of your own. Once you take ownership though, the picture changes at that point.

The accessories that you purchase are a big factor in determining how much you’ll enjoy the ownership of your new home on the water. The small things can make a big difference.

This roundup takes a look at some accessories we love that you can add to your new or existing houseboat. While are not able to cover every product that is available, the next few pages will give you a great starting point.

Marine Sanitation

In a houseboat, there are not that many parts that receive less attention but are more important than the sanitation system. Proper care and maintenance of your boat’s sanitation system can help ensure that your houseboat experience is a legal and sanitary one. Several products from toilets to holding tank treatments are available to help with this. 

We are big fans of the BacTANK T3 line of cleaning products. Created by a long-time boater to combat the lack of effective products, its holding tank treatment shows how pro-biotics can not only be good for your body, but also for your boat. The pro-biotics assist in the degradation of waste and helps reduce waste, clogs and buildups in holding tanks, lines and drains. The BacTANK T3 product line has several other products that help address sanitation issues such as a grease trap treatment that reduces buildup caused by fats, oils and greases.

Also for eliminating odors, we are fans of Healthy Boater’s holding tank treatment. The product works in the same way as a bioactive treatment, but is anhydrous, meaning that it’s a dry treatment. Once it has been mixed with water, the formula is activated, decomposition is accelerated and odor is eliminated by the good bacteria. They keep working so you don’t have to keep adding more. It is also economical too as one ounce of the product will treat a 30 gallon holding tank, making treatment about 50 cents per instance.

For those in the market for a self-contained toilet, Nature’s Head is a brand that we like. Manufactured in the United States, the toilet is easily installed, compact and requires no holding tank. They are also approved by the United States Coast Guard, so you know that it is built and proven to be durable, rugged and trouble-free. The portable toilet also has a urine-separating design that helps eliminate odor. As an added bonus, the units are backed by a 5-year warranty.

Ahead Sanitation Systems

337-237-5011

www.aheadtank.com

 

BacTANK T3

877-BIO-LABS

www.nolanbiolabs.com

 

Dometic Sanitation Systems

800-321-9886

www.dometic.com

 

Environmental Marine, Inc.

866-237-5428

www.themsd.com

 

General Ecology

800-441-8166

www.generalecology.com

 

Happy Bowl

www.happybowl.com

 

Headhunter, Inc.

800-662-8557

www.headhunterinc.com

 

Inca Gold Products

310-808-9359

www.incagoldonline.com

 

Jabsco

www.xylemflowcontrol.com

 

Keco, Inc.

619-298-3800

www.pumpahead.com

 

Life Industries

843-566-1225

 

My Healthy Boater

www.myhealthyboater.com

 

NASSEF Engineering

850-484-2700

 

Nature’s Head

251-295-3043

www.natureshead.net

 

Odorlos

www.odorlos.com

 

Owens Mfg. & Specialty Co., Inc.

800-639-2744

www.owenskleentank.com

 

Peal Products

770-551-0911

 

Quantum Pure Aire Corporation

800-290-9577

www.quantumpureair.com

 

Raritan Engineering Co.

856-825-4900

 

Research Products

800-527-5551

www.incinolet.com

 

SeaLand Technology

800-321-9886

www.sealandtechnology.com

 

Survivor Associates/ Continental Technologies

888-922-1231

www.y2kpreparations.com

 

Thetford Corp.

734-769-9747

www.thetford.com

 

Vetus—Den Ouden, Inc.

800-GO-VETUS

www.vetus.com

 

Walex Products Co.

800-338-3155

The most important part of owning a houseboat is getting out on the water and having a great time surrounded by family and friends. With the addition of these great products to your houseboat, and many others that we didn’t have the space to list, you can ensure that the time you spend on the water is full of great memories instead of worrying about the small stuff.

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