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I don't remember what it's active ingredient was, maybe hydrochloric acid?
Now there's something you don't want polishing your port hole.

For what it's worth, I have a fairly strict "the walk to the club is good for you and aids planning" rule while at dock. It's easy with a Lavac to go nuts with the pumping and while I have 40 gallons of holding tank, I don't like the fact that it's on the same side of the boat as the A/C unit and the batteries already (I am getting overkill in the battery department for reasons of ballast and trim as much as amphours!). Lavacs are harder to clog and regular TP is not an issue, but when we go to different harbours with different rules, I will review the logic of "fast dissolve".

To extend the idea of "leaving a small footprint", we want to sail "leaving a narrow wake", I suppose, and the idea of upping anchor so we can motor offshore merely to pump the crap out of the boat is not my idea of good planning. It may be unavoidable, particularly at anchor in ecologically sensitive areas, but let's hope judicious use of the facilities will minimize "poop runs" and clogs, both.
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TrueBlue,

"How do you contend with the wastebasket stench with all that brown smeared TP?"

Actually, there's very little smell. I spray the wastebasket occasionally with Lysol. Also, if you bunch up the TP before you put it in the basket, it reduces the odor considerably. Finally, whenever I detect an odor, I remove the plastic bag, seal it with a knot, and put it in the larger ship's trash. Then, a short spray of Lysol into the trash, and one into the now empty small wastebasket, and bingo....no odor at all. Fit a new small plastic bag to the small wastebasket, and you're done. Total time: less than one minute, start to finish.

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Three fast pages of a poopy topic . . . just before lunch too.
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Or, a better idea is to go poop on your buddys boat. It really saves you all the frustration.

By the way, TJK, there is a sign we have kept on all our boats, it is available through west and others. It reads:

DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN THIS HEAD THAT HAS NOT BEEN EATEN FIRST.
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To adhere to that rule, wouldn't TP be prohibited from flushing?
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You guys are really helping me cope with marine head envy. That little $60 walmart porta-pooper is looking better & better. If it acts up, just chuck it in the dumpster & get a new one.
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I've never had any problems.
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The symptoms mathislaw is describing do not sound like a clog to me. Usually clogs result in back pressure on the pump and he reports no difficulty pumping...just not pumping out. To me that sounds like a problem with the mechanism and a rebuid kit might save the day.
If there is pressure being felt then yes a clog is the issue...and the advice above can be tried but I would avoid the use of any snake with a spiral tip on it as you can easily damage the Joker valve when it is withdawn.
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TB,

It is like the Colregs. Guidlines, some of which are impractical to impossible for the average yachtsmen to follow (smile). HAHA!

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PS You are assuming the people taking a crap in the head bother to read it anyways. So what if the matchbox car destroys the macerator?? I don;t have to fix it... just poor ole dad... (yes, that has happened).
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Ummm.. there could be one more explanation... have you pumped out the holding tank on this boat? If it was full, you'd get about the same symptoms.

BTW, IMHO, you don't want to use anything that creates high-pressure on a marine head. That's a good way to blow a hose.... and that isn't what you want to happen on a boat. The snake is also a bad idea, as it can damage pump seals, and possibly damage the interior surface of the hoses in marine head. They're just hoses after all..
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