24/Feb/ 2013 – Nuevo Vallarta, México.
This would be the Final Test. There it was on deck, made of plastic and with wide rims (looked quite comfortable in fact), nor as large as those big home depot containers but not too small. Just the right size for…
The very moment to decide if I’m going to cross the Pacific aboard En Pointe is this one.
Tom wanted to have a “serious talk” before I come live aboard. I was a little nervous at first, I thought I would talk about passports, insurance, expenses, or perhaps permission signed by my mom, or something like that. Who could know what a “serious issue” could be in these terms? Not every day one talk about sailing across an ocean and I really have no idea.
I arrived at the Paradise Village Marina, a port in the middle of a very fancy complex of hotels. I walked between some large and luxurious sailboats. Around a corner at the end of one of the wooden docks, between that shiny catamaran and that other brand new motor boat, with the best view to the mountains: it was the yellow sailing boat attached with a pair of ropes in front and behind.
Tom was sitting in the cockpickt (or area where sailboats usually have the wheel) with crossed feet on air, cap, and sunglasses. He invited me to come aboard and I took off my sandals. Now I would discover the heart of that entire important subject we should talk.
¡En Pointe has no toilet! Well, it has a little one but for “special occasions” when the weather is really bad. Tom Said, if you have no problems using a bucket then there is no more to say. However I understand if you do not like it because not many girls like to use a bucket as a toilet … and not even talk about the shower on deck. Here he gave a little nervous laugh and waited in suspense my answer…
¿¡To use a bucket!? What a relief! It was this. Of course I do not mind using a bucket!
Tips on how to do it on a bucket (board a sailboat):
1) Make sure you have a rope tied to the handle.
2) Using the rope, toss the bucket and fill on third with sea salt water.
3) Put it in a safe and private place.
4) As you sit be careful not to get stuck.
5) When you’re done, bring it to deck with EXTREME caution and WATCH FOR:
-NEIGHBORS swimming around or looking at you. (there are several anecdotes regarding this point)
-Someone aboard using the salt water tap to wash dishes.
6) Look for where the wind comes before pouring the content!
7) ) Once you’re downwind. Set it free to the sea. The fish will be happy.
The great advantages of using the Bucket:
1) Not having to fix the toilet (relief for captains) or cleaning (relief for crew).
2) You do not have to pump, wait, and look in suspense how is going around and around hoping is not going to return before the captain or the next person on board use the bathroom.
3) You can place it anywhere. If it’s hot you put it in a cool place, if it rains you move it into the roof, if you feel like putting it on deck is fine.
Considerations when choosing the most appropriate bucket:
1) You must choose one of perfect size that fit well your butt without you getting stock. If you can test it by sitting on it before buying it, much better.
2) Must be of a durable material that does not bend with the weight.
3) The strong colors are better than light colors. Just aesthetic issues for the sight.
4) Take care that the edges are wide, so they do not injured in the legs when sitting.
5) Try to give it a clean occasionally because if not start to grow moss!