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We had some foul odor aboard our ''02 320 our first season but at one point this season while I was cleaning I asked the Captain to just tighten up the screws on the hose clamps and that took care of 90% of the odor. We also managed to keep the head hatch open on its "catch" much of the time, which also helped. I would say we''re fairly pleased with this simple fix.
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I''m a live aboard. My neighbor accused me of having a smelly holding tank only to discover that his battery charger was boiling his batteries dry causing that horrible rotten egg smell.
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When I moved aboard my boat last year - it had just had a new head installed. During a trip to Catalina - I used it for the first time...using seawater to flush with...

Soon after I realized that there was a smell coming from the head...

Two changes have made a world of difference.

First - I pour fresh water into the head to flush. No more odors.

Second - I installed a solar powered vent fan. This eliminates any slightly musty odors as well.

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The small amount of seawater that remains in the bottom of the bowl is often the culprit. While it sits there from Monday to Friday with summertime temperatures, the tiny creatures present die and decompose -- with a predictable result.

Try this and see what happens. When you''re ready to leave the boat and have closed the seacocks, soak up that last bit of water with paper towels and leave the bowl perfectly dry. When you return, your nose will thank you.
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Here''s a company that claims success in the area of bad head smells. This type of system has been successfully used in my neighbors cabin with great success. Check out the web site.
http://www.airheadtoilet.com/Air_Headx.html
Good luck.
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check out this link to eliminate stink!
http://www.sailboatowners.com/forums/menu.tpl?fno=451
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