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WEST MARINE Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet

Model # 12914651Mfg # 321497606

$169.99

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Product Description

Powerful flushing at the touch of a button-without constant pumping or batteries-sets the Cruiser 976 apart from other portable toilets. Features include a full-size seat for comfort, latching lid for security and large five-gallon waste tank with prismatic tank level indicator for easy tank level monitoring. Conversion to a fixed-mount, approved MSD (Marine Sanitation Device) is possible with optional mounting brackets and MSD Fittings Kit which enables plumbing to a 1 1/2"ID hose discharge.

Type: Portable (Convertible to permanent) Capacity: Freshwater tank: 2.3gal.; Waste tank: 5gal. Material: High-strength ABS Dimensions: 15 1/4"H x 13 1/8" x 15 1/4"D Color: Gray Warranty: One year

Specs

Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet

Built-In Macerator No
Color Grey
Draw Not Applicable
Dimensions 15-1/4"H x 13-1/8" W x 15-1/4" D
Head Type Portable
Material ABS Plastic
Port Size 1-1/2" discharge
Pump Material ABS Plastic
Pump Type Bellows
Size Compact
Warranty 1 Year

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West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet
 
2.8

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

22%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Practical (5)
  • Corrosion resistant (4)
  • Installs easily (3)
  • Water efficient (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small boat (5)
  • Low usage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Advanced (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A pretty good little head

We got this wihen my granddaughters were planning on a short cruise with us. They are aged 4, 5, & 9. Teaching them to use the boats built in head was...Read complete review

We got this wihen my granddaughters were planning on a short cruise with us. They are aged 4, 5, & 9. Teaching them to use the boats built in head was out of the question for this offshore trip so we picked this up to 'fill the gap.'
Surprise, it has been great!
I read the other reviews and almost didn't buy it because they were so negative, but my experience has been the complete opposite. Maybe I didn't try to use it as a construction site head or maybe I just don't mistreat it enough. But this device fills a need and does it well. If you treat it with some care, you'll solve a problem affordably and well.
No stink with this one if you follow the directions, but emptying could be a little easier.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

New name same poor quality

The good, it comes with all the equipment to setup for dump out or pump out - that was a surprise.

Tank level gauge is not readable even with a...Read complete review

The good, it comes with all the equipment to setup for dump out or pump out - that was a surprise.

Tank level gauge is not readable even with a flashlight.

The handle that opens the door to the holding tank easily falls out of it's groove. This is a less than fun job of reaching inside to push, with great difficulty, the gate back into the groove so that it can seal the tank back up (FYI, you have to take the toilet apart). It will not seal if you do not fix this and the smell will get out. YUCK!

If they fix the tank valve arm, this would be a great head. But the cheap plastic rod and gate simply don't get the job done. We rarely even use it so I can't imagine how someone that uses it all the time gets by.

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3.0

Good Product - disappointing it does not come with mounting

By John

from Cold Spring Harbor

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Does'nt come w/ hardware

    Best Uses

      Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

      Wish I was advised at time of purchase that mounting hardware was not included AND had to travel to South Shore to purchase as it was not available in Huntington.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      excellent buy

      By Drew

      from Long each ca

      About Me Advanced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Corrosion Resistant
      • Installs Easily
      • Practical
      • Water Efficient

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Boat

        Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

        Excellent size!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Excellent Product!!!

        By MaeRose2

        from Long Island, New York

        About Me Advanced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Corrosion Resistant
        • Installs Easily
        • Practical
        • Water Efficient

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Low Usage
          • Small Boat

          Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

          No more holding tank or pumping out poop on my boat. I don't head out on extended stays and the holding tank, macerator and pumping out were just overkill. One less system to maintain for me. If you are a day tripper then this could be a good option for you too. I also purchased hold down kit which installed easily. Installed now for two weeks, used and no odor. Emptying is easy for me as we have two porta potties at marina. Finally, I was in store 2 days after a sale on this item and West Marine honored Sale Price for me. Way to go West Marine!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Cracked tank is no fun

          By Cap'n Spanky

          from San Diego

          About Me Advanced

          Pros

          • Practical

          Cons

          • Abs Tanks Cracked

          Best Uses

          • Small Boat

          Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

          If this toilet was made from a different material, then it would be my first choice. I love the pressurized flush system. But the cracks in the tanks that appeared after only 18 months of light use are a deal breaker.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Poorly made

          By mkqu

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Professional

          Pros

          • Corrosion Resistant

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

              I ran into the same problem as others, the cheaply made flush handle came off track (I've only had the toilet for one season of light use) and then snapped off. Poorly made.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              terrible -- not durable

              By Del

              from Granbury, TX

              About Me Advanced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Leaks

                Best Uses

                • Low Usage

                Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

                I have had two of these and they both leaked ruining the carpet in my boat. Would NOT buy or recommend.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good toilet

                By Joe

                from Philadelphia

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

                • Practical

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

                    This is a well make unit and looks good too. Works better then I thought. Tip: release the pressure after using.

                    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    A pretty good little head

                    By Docfmiles

                    from St. Petersburg, FL

                    About Me Advanced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Corrosion Resistant
                    • Installs Easily
                    • Practical
                    • Quiet
                    • Water Efficient

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Large Boat
                      • Low Usage
                      • Small Boat

                      Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

                      We got this wihen my granddaughters were planning on a short cruise with us. They are aged 4, 5, & 9. Teaching them to use the boats built in head was out of the question for this offshore trip so we picked this up to 'fill the gap.'
                      Surprise, it has been great!
                      I read the other reviews and almost didn't buy it because they were so negative, but my experience has been the complete opposite. Maybe I didn't try to use it as a construction site head or maybe I just don't mistreat it enough. But this device fills a need and does it well. If you treat it with some care, you'll solve a problem affordably and well.
                      No stink with this one if you follow the directions, but emptying could be a little easier.

                      (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Sort term ok long term not

                      By Sailboat Brad

                      from Jersey Shore, Nj

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Breaks
                        • Flush handle breaks
                        • Poor design

                        Best Uses

                        • Small Boat

                        Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

                        Had it on my boat for three months so far. About a month and a half in the flush mech broke and there is no possible way of fixing it due to the design of it. Getting it pumped out after the weekend and using a fair amount of the chemicals it is fine and doesn't smell at all even without the proper seal. It's not the worst product in the world but I wouldn't get it again and wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

                        (25 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        New name same poor quality

                        By SouthernSailor

                        from Clearwater, Florida

                        About Me Advanced

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about West Marine Cruiser 976 Portable/Permanent Toilet:

                              The good, it comes with all the equipment to setup for dump out or pump out - that was a surprise.

                              Tank level gauge is not readable even with a flashlight.

                              The handle that opens the door to the holding tank easily falls out of it's groove. This is a less than fun job of reaching inside to push, with great difficulty, the gate back into the groove so that it can seal the tank back up (FYI, you have to take the toilet apart). It will not seal if you do not fix this and the smell will get out. YUCK!

                              If they fix the tank valve arm, this would be a great head. But the cheap plastic rod and gate simply don't get the job done. We rarely even use it so I can't imagine how someone that uses it all the time gets by.

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