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Don''t have a boat, was looking at a 1986 Pearson 28. Has many of the things I was looking for but..the head smelled so bad it was difficult to even stay in the space. Is this a common problem or an owner who has not done it right.

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I had started to write a detailed discussion on this but infortunately I have to get back to the office. I suggest that you visit this site for a through discussion. The site is called MARINE SANITATION : Fact vs. Folklore

The big point are that all heads will get a little odor if not used for a while. That will go away with use. There can be a big problem with old style hoses that can be saturated with bacteria. The best (but quite expensive) cure for that is replacement with a modern multi- layer hose. The best of these are Sealands Odorsafe. Double clamping can also reduce odor. Holding tanks should be vented to the exterior away from opening ports. Holding tanks need to be thick wall polyethelene. Other materials will omit smells once they age. Ronco Plastics offers the best sellection and prices on holding tanks with a shape to fit almost any location. Forget about trying to use a bladder.

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Peg Hall has written one of the most elegant comprehensive ''boat sanitation guides'':::
The Pearson 28 was not originally built with a holding tank and probably the home built system on board this boat is ''permeating'' through the hoses, etc. necessitating a complete replacement of most of the components (by the present owner). A simple quick-fix solution is to completely open the vent to atmosphere to permit aerobic fermentation of the contents and then add some "ODOR-LOS" (available at most marine suppliers) which will accelerate the fermentation - should get rid of 99% of the ''smell''. Most holding tanks on boats are wrongfully constructed with inadequate venting .... and will result in considerable permeation and STINK. Go to Peg''s site for a full ''laymans'' description.
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Ahoy, the guy probably dated or married an ugly woman, the good looking ones don''t smell at all!!
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