Roger had been through this exercise last year and posted the process on the Hurley Owners Assc website here.
I will follow the same method, i.e. mount the loo on a plinth to make it easy to remove from the boat for servicing, emergencies and cleaning. The plinth will be two thicknesses of 9mm marine ply, mainly because I have some and also so I can overdrill the lower sheet to accept the bolt heads.
After shaving as much as I could off the pump end of the base, to follow the curve of the hull, I could see that there was going to be no way I'd get my throne to sit any lower in the locker; meaning I couldn't put the lid on. hmmm, time to think.
My plan now is to fit the loo and all the pipework then raise the lids of all the front v berth lockers by 1" with battens. I can only assume this will bring the v berth up to the height of other Hurleys. There should still be enough room to get to the chain locker... Even for me :-)
The following series of pictures show how I am contructing this plinth.
|Thw upper piece of ply was then cut and champhered to fit over the lower sheet. The loo was then dropped into position so I could mark where it would fit.|
|A trial fit - The locker sides will need to be raised about 1" . I have also had to shape the side of the locker to take the curve of the bowl.|
|A view into the locker showing how little room there is. The base of the pump had to be shaped to follow the curve of the hull. This is the only modification to the loo that I will have to do.|
|Showing how the two pieces will fit together.|
|PVA'd together with as many clamps as I could find. Once happy with the shape and fit I will encapsulate the whole lot in epoxy a paint with bilge paint.. I guess the only thing more corrosive than the sea is a toilet on the sea!|