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IF you want to test the hoses, pour really hot water over a cotton cloth, and place the cloth against the hose....wait a few minutes and then take the cloth and see if it stinks... if it does, the hose is permeated and needs replacement.

Vinegar is a good deodorizer.

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I agree with others. Replace the plumbing. Saltwater critters grow in the plumbing. In the future frequently flush fresh water through and it should keep the funk at bay.

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I agree with the others - it's most probably the hoses. If after replacing all hoses there is still a problem, which is unlikely, replace the tank with plastic - thick walled. Stainless steel is not a good material for a holding tank nor is aluminum - nothing can corrode metal like what's in a holding tank. Why should you replace the tank if it comes to that with another plastic one? The one there is probably quite old and if it's the tank it won't happen to a new tank for a long, long time.
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I second what sailngdog said, and you can do the same with the tank.
I cleaned my tank good and the smell went away. There is still some coming from the head itself, but a rebuild is in the works for Monday. It's going to be much cooler then.

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Dollars to donuts it's not the tank

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Sorry, the boat is a 1979 Pearson 32.
I would have to cut it out.
Since this plastic tank stinks, why wouldn't a new plastic tank stink?
I diligently searched for a leak. Didn't check the vent pipe though.
I have a P32 vintage 1980 which stank to high heaven inside when I took ownership 2 years ago. The smell was so bad I could taste it in my mouth after leaving the boat.

I also have a plastic tank under the V berth, which I did not replace.

I replaced all of the waste plumbing (the 1-1/2 inch stuff) with odorfree tubing. This stuff is expensive ($9/ft or somewhat less if you buy a 50' reel) but when I was done there was no detectable odor.

I would bet that your tank is not the culprit.

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