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Where'd you get the sign ?? That's rich !!
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My Catalina 25 has a ball-valved through-hull that's shared (via a T connection) by the head's raw-water intake and the sink basin's drain.

Makes it easy to introduce fresh water into the head (to avoid smell of stagnant seawater in lines). Just close the ball valve and fill the sink with fresh water, then pump the head.

Also nice for winterizing: Pour pink antifreeze into the washbasin then suck that through to the holding tank.
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Whoa....so you can essentially flush the john with say...soapy dish water if need be ? Hrmmm....Bubbles might tickle !! But the lemony fresh scent !!

But really..you can flush using seawater and then occasionally accomplish the freshwater rinse using sink contents eh ? I like the idea of that.
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Caleb,

You have a head for logic. A head for sniffing out solutions to these things.

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The fresh water final flush that has been mentioned is one of the best ideas; using the sink drain for the last flush: superlative.

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We have three rules for the head

  1. When at sea, everyone sits to pee
  2. If you didn't eat it, don't flush it
  3. If it's yellow, let it mellow. If it's brown, flush it down,

The last one is if we are in port and on the holding tank. If you flush everytime you pee, the holding tank would fill pretty quickly. We usually pee on top of pee until we are ready to leave, then we clear the head. If your doing the solids, that has to be flushed.
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but I'd prefer to defer the experience until absolutely necessary.
To the OP, I have disassembled & reassembled heads, installed new heads and re-plumbed the entire sewage system on my boat and it's really no big deal, in fact it's good experience. Last month my pump handle lost all it's "pump". I immediately thought, "Oh, joker valve turned inside out". Two screws & a few minutes later it was OK again. It's good to know how things work so you can make repairs. Had I been starting a weekend at Catalina & not known how to fix the head, I could have been in deep .....well, you get the point. The only thing I hate is working with that $%^#&* white 2" sanitation hose. Last time I ran some I saved a 2' piece so I can beat it's inventor to death if I ever meet him.

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