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Fuses, outlets, septics PIPES? Just seems alien for "Sailnet, the world's largest online SAILING community".
On a houseboat, or something that has become a houseboat, you can have that. But on a boat, where you happen to be living aboard, you need to remember it is a boat and not a house. In theory you have all the likely spares aboard, including at least two for each fuse. (Two, because the first one you replace may very well blow right away again.)
You have no septic pipes, you have a marine head and the waste lines. In most nautical kitsch shops you'll be able to find a little placard to hang in the head, over the head, that says "THIS IS A HEAD NOT A TOILET. NEVER PUT ANYTHING IN THE HEAD UNLESS YOU HAVE ALREADY EATEN IT."
And you'll learn that some toilet paper has fine print on the bags saying it is safe for all toilet and septic systems. But basically, anything that dissolves into mush when you place a sheet of it in a glass of water is safe for a marine head. The cheap stiff budget-priced stuff...isn't. That stiffness is because it has been "built" too well and it won't melt in water, the water the soft linty stuff does.
The good news is...if your decking is heavy enough to sink, it probably is good dense decking wood. An old marine aviation mechanic once taught me that the reason all of his tools had holes in handles (and often a cord in the hole) was because when you are working on a seaplane, floating in some lagoon over a hundred feet of crystal clear water, the most aggravating thing in the world is watching your wrench drop all the way down to the bottom, where it is still perfectly visible and totally out of your reach.
"One hand for the boat, one hand for yourself." And that means the decking either gets tied off, or held in your third hand (teeth). Takes a while to make the transition, don't sweat the small stuff.