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Thats not going to work on my boat, Sorry, I just can't handle it.

Our rule, If it passes through your body in normal fashion its ok. (No pucking in the head) and Marine Toilet Paper Only.
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I'm curious tj, is there a no-discharge law on the Great Lakes and if so, how often do you pump-out?

We sail offshore and dump our holding tank at least once a week during season, leaving the 3 mile confines of Narragansett Bay, which has a zero discharge law. This eliminates the hassle for weekly pumpouts - since we do live aboard during the summer months.
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The entire Great Lakes is NDZ.

We spend a lot of time aboard but are not liveaboards.
Friday to Sunday liveaboards with a couple of weeklong cruises each season.

We usually pump out every two to three weeks. Thats usually sufficient. Never have we had any problems. I do use a lot of the Blue Stuff. I also have found that leaving a little water in the bowl helps with odors.

When we cruise we are most often docked and try to use the Marina's Facilities. But, more pump outs as required, usually every three to four days if I remember. 1 Wife + 2 Teenage Girls + Extended Periods Board = Frequent trips to Pump out Dock.
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Maybe a "clog buster" would work? Hose on low pressure of course.
You can get these about anywhere from hardware to grocery stores. Put it on end of hose & it balloons to seal drain, then water starts escaping at the tip of the balloon & forces clog through.

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I have to commend you on your courage tj. Sailing with three females as crew - two with raging hormones, is a test for any man's wits.
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For what it is worth,

We do NOT use any TP in the head, except the marine grade TP(although the RV stuff at Walmart is the same as I recall). Charmin in a marine head is just asking for a clog. The marine stuff (made by Sea land... or at least sold by them as I recall) works well and disolves quickly.

I have never had a problem with it: 1995-2007=12 years. However, that was on different boats too.

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I once saw an RV product that claimed it disolved clogs and was safe for RV toilets, and I think boats too. I don't remember what it's active ingredient was, maybe hydrochloric acid?
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1 Wife + 2 Teenage Girls + Extended Periods Board = Frequent trips to Pump out Dock.
I'm trying to figure out if you are being figurative or literal. All I know is those things better not be found sideways in my Henderson Mark V.
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I have to commend you on your courage tj. Sailing with three females as crew - two with raging hormones, is a test for any man's wits.
Thanks Blue. In all of our years I have had only one Mutiny, and the Captain quickly spoiled that one. I said OK, I'll start the engine.
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I'm trying to figure out if you are being figurative or literal. All I know is those things better not be found sideways in my Henderson Mark V.
HA Ha Ha...... Never even thought about it. NO, I simply meant we are spending more time aborad when cruising. Believe me they all know the rules. Liie I said, it has to PASS THROUGH your body.
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