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I'm installing my new holding tank on the port side of the v-berth against the back side of the bathroom wall. coming off the top of the tank into the cavity behind the bathroom sink then up to the pump out fitting on the portside deck. do i need some sort of trap in the piping so when i'm heeled to port, i don't get discharge out of the deck fitting. the pump out fitting installed in the tank is on the side closet to the center of the boat and there is a pickup tube installed.
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Putting a trap in the deck pumpout fitting line is a really, really, bad idea. If you're sailing with the tank that full on a regular basis, you either need to have some way to pump it out yourself, or get a bigger holding tank.... The deck fitting should be pretty well sealed when it is screwed shut, so you shouldn't have much in the way of discharge through it, even when heeled way over.
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I just can't imagine it being that full that your going to be spilling crap out of it. Wouldn't it leak out the vent before coming out the deck fitting?
The vent would be lower in the system and would be the first place its going to leak from. I think you are over thinking this one. Just pump out as required and you shouldn't have any problems.
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thanks. just wanted to make sure before i got everything and then found i out i should have put a trap in.
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hey, at least i got port and v-berth correct.
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it happens if your crew are idiots. the "captain" I just hired to move my boat didn't pump the holding tank (over 35 gallons!!) until it backed up through the toilet. And even when it happend - he still didn't pump out for a day or so. (So this weekend I am having a pretty unpleasant task in front of me - to clean the head completely, oh well - at least the boat is here, a bottle of mr.Clean hopefull will solve the issue).

The moral of the story is - stuff certainly can back up if you don't pump out on time.
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