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Sorry my flatulent explanation went right over your head. My real area of expertise is filling the bowl and discharging the vacu san system . On the ships I was known as the "turd technician'
Aaaaaahhh! Now I get it...
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Did you figure it out?

May sound a bit crazy, I seem to be in good company , but it looks a bit like an old old water witch part...

I'm going by memory, and that is worth about 1/2 cent.


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Having recently seen "The Fifth Element" again, I wouldn't press the little red button.
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Did you figure it out?

May sound a bit crazy, I seem to be in good company , but it looks a bit like an old old water witch part...

I'm going by memory, and that is worth about 1/2 cent.
Yes, after reviewing the Water Witch website (say that five times fast), I believe that you are right. If you look at the picture of the box, the red button is awfully dirty as if it has been pressed repeatedly and often. Not knowing enough about this type of plumbing, can someone answer me this: Might I reasonably assume that the Piezo buzzer is a "full tank" alarm and that the red button activates, (or did at some time in the past), a macerator discharge pump that would then pump the waste overboard, assuming that the valve is configured correctly?

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Wow, I was wight about the water witch. Have you tried emailing a picture of it to them? maybe they can help out.


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Sorry, still looks home-brew to me....You said the PO was an engineer....the soldering is amateurish....the plastic bag....well...
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You are rippling my pond man, harshin my buzz

But you may be right, it does have that hommade look. But when water witch started out they looked rather hommade too, so that is why I took a shot in the dark and suggested water witch.


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Re: WTF is this?

based on the fact that the fuse is a "slow-blow" that is typically used on loads that have high in-rush current on starting, such as a motor, and the heavy gauge of the wire I would say it is meant to operate a motor.

Has it got power to it?

I wouldn't be surprised if you had a macerator pump hiding somewhere. If not, that looks like a great switch to control one in future.

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I'm headed to the boat now with a voltage meter to find out if this thing is, in fact, powered. My understanding is that macerator pumps are not known for their longevity, so, either way, it looks like I'll be tearing this contraption apart. Will update as I proceed...One last thing, I forgot to post this picture that I found on board. It's a laminated card that ID's pump out stations along the Southern California coast. Why would the PO need this if there is no pump out on the deck?
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