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If that's the case, I'd recommend you post this over on the Sailboat Owner's forums and ask the diva of marine heads, Peggie Hall for her advice. She's probably got a good idea of what you're dealing with. It sounds like you've got an air leak someplace, since you say the pump is losing prime. It also sounds like you've got an air leak since you say you have to pump 15-20 strokes just to get it to prime. Unless the intake line is unusually long, or your head is located higher than normal, I don't think it should take that many pumps just to prime the head.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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