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Unhappy unclogging toilet

I can still flush the Raritan PHII toilet on my boat into the holding tank, but the overboard waste line is clogged. Apparently because someone violated the rule against flushing paper products other than TP. (A female passenger sheepishly confessed to that dereliction under the relentless pressure of a rigorous inquest in the spirit of Captain Queeg's stolen-strawberries investigation in *Caine Mutiny*.)

What's the drill, marine plumbing experts? What should I try first?
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Try getting the offending female to fix it.
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Disconnect the hose at the highest hose clamp, and hopefully it is above the waterline—and use a coat hanger to try and remove the obstruction. It won't be pretty, and IMHO, the offender should be made to do the work, but that never happens...
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Disconnect the hose at the highest hose clamp, and hopefully it is above the waterline—and use a coat hanger to try and remove the obstruction. It won't be pretty, and IMHO, the offender should be made to do the work, but that never happens...
There'll be no such justice this time, either, because the offender is on back on dry land and has skipped the state.

If the coat hanger doesn't work, what's the next step? Disconnect the same hose at the other end, too?
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Depends on where the clog is. If the clog is at the seacock...removing the hose is a bad, bad idea. If it isn't at the seacock, then removing the hose is a good next step, after closing the seacock.

BTW, Clorox bleach wipes, heavy long rubber gloves and a full face-mask respirator are probably a good idea... and contractor grade trash bags...
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I guess you could try a snake???? Carefully?? That is probably what I would do. You can buy them at Home depot or Loews.

Just a thought. Dont tear that hose though!!

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Depends on where the clog is. If the clog is at the seacock...removing the hose is a bad, bad idea. If it isn't at the seacock, then removing the hose is a good next step, after closing the seacock.
Then maybe I should start at the seacock, no?
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Dude: Look, this is why there is this thing called, "The Help." Call the Marina Office and pay someone to fix it. Unless of course you look good in brown.
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Is that how you got so much work done on that previous boat of yours???

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Dude: Look, this is why there is this thing called, "The Help." Call the Marina Office and pay someone to fix it. Unless of course you look good in brown.
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