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Question Problem flushing a R69 Sea Toilet

We have been having a problem getting flushing sea water into the bowl during the last couple of seasons. If the toilet has not been used for a couple of hours it seems that the pump needs priming, you can do this by setting the lever to flush and rapidly pumping 15 or 20 short strokes of a couple of inches. As this is a nuisance we recently fitted a repair kit paying particular attention to the inlet pump area and making sure we changed all of the seals and O rings. This only seems to have made things worse. Has anyone else experienced this problem? Or has anyone any ideas as to what might be causing it.
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Have you checked the intake seacock, hose and thru-hull for blockages?
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Thanks Sailingdog, no there are no blockages, once the toilet is "primed" it works perfectly ok until left unused for a couple of hours, maybe only an hour since we fitted the repair kit!
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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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