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Re: How big a holding tank vs. camping

Originally Posted by tdw View Post
What I fail to understand is having fresh water flush.
Originally Posted by Omatako View Post
Me too. The smell generated by stale sea water is instantly perishable. I pump the loo through when we arrive on the boat, the smell is gone in moments and does not return at any time while we're still on the boat. It only returns if the boat is left unattended for three or four days.
Why put up with the smell at all? Why deal with crystal formation in the sewage lines?

We're set up for fresh or salt flush. Coastal cruising we flush with fresh water. Part of getting ready to head offshore on passage is flipping the valve over for salt flush. On passage the head obviously gets used regularly and smell isn't so much of a factor, although we've had the odd tiny octopus and lots of small shrimp slide out of the rim.

As soon as we make landfall we go back to fresh water flush and give everything a proper scrub.

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