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BarryL 09-21-2007 07:58 PM

gross jobs :(

When I bought my boat this past November I found out that the macerator did not work. No big deal, my marina has a pump out boat and a pump out station. Fixing the macerator was on my 'to do' list, but, for obvious reasons, was close to the bottom of the list.

So today I get the holding tank pumped out, and the operator tells me the station closes at the end of October. I like to sail as long as possible and don't usually have my boat hauled until the middle of November. There is no way I want the boat to sit all winter with 'stuff' in the holding tank.

Ok, since the holding tank is now empty, and I have some time, I might as well change the pump.

The actual work of changing the pump went quickly, but the cleanup took much longer. Of all the maintenance jobs I have ever performed, this was, by far, the most gross, disgusting work ever. I never want to go near another holding tank again! I must have washed my hands a dozen times, and I couldn't wait to take a shower when I got home.

But at least I can legally empty my holding tank before the boat gets hauled.


Boasun 09-21-2007 09:15 PM

Gross job?? When working on the schooner 'Diosa Del Mar' off the coast of Catalina Island. Someone used way to much TP and I had to disassemble the whole top unit to get to that flapper valve directly underness to clear it.
After reassembling the commode, I took a swim in the Pacific Ocean to clean myself. The water was fine and the toilet was back in operation.

camaraderie 09-21-2007 09:58 PM

Did you receive the Raritan Cross for that action bosun or was it the Wilcox-Crittenden Medal of Valor? (g)

Boasun 09-21-2007 10:53 PM

Just a extra glass of wine

SimonV 09-21-2007 11:25 PM

The secret to any work on the head plumbing, is to take a news paper or ineresting magazine in the head and close the door, remove as much piping as posible to open the gross materal to the open air. Now take a seat and read the paper or mag, it will only be the inital gag as the aroma reaches your nose, then men being men as most of us are take ownership of the stench and in no time at all you wont even notice the smell. Put down paper and get on with the job. :D :D

Sailormann 09-21-2007 11:40 PM

This is one of the times when it's better to just call someone and write a cheque...

rewell6 09-21-2007 11:43 PM

Barry must not have any kids. That's all I can say about that. Here's a hint "Lake Justin" and Justin is the name of one of our kids.

SEMIJim 09-22-2007 02:04 AM

I've got to rebuild the pump on our W-C Head-Mate. I'm definitely not looking forward to that job, after all I've read here.

I may be in luck, tho. The head was never used by the PO (or so he said), and we've used it only little since we obtained the boat. I believe the output from the head enters the tank high. So, God willin' and the creek don't rise: I may get away with just closing the intake thru-hull and pulling the pump assembly off for rebuild. There shouldn't be much mess.

I hope...


camaraderie 09-22-2007 08:44 AM

You just keep up those good thoughts SemiJ!!! (g)

SEMIJim 09-22-2007 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by camaraderie (Post 196397)
You just keep up those good thoughts SemiJ!!! (g)

Okay, now I'm kinda wonderin' if I'm bein' set up... :eek: :)


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