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Re: PORTA POTTI - A 'no no' or 'okay' for cruising?
The absolute easiest holding tank to take care of, is one that is used every day and cycled routinely. The tough ones are when you leave the boat at the slip all week and come back next weekend. The later can still be made odor free, but you need to be very diligent with flushing enough water, keeping everything but human waste out of the tank and have proper ventilation. Adding aerobic bacteria starter helps. Chemical odor disguises will eventually fail and stink and that is what most people use.
You can not translate weekend warrior marine head to a cruising experience. Totally different.
And a marine head absolutely positively does not need to smell.
Do you flush a minimum of 1 full gallon of clean water, after you move the contents out of the bowl every time? 99.99999% of boaters do not. The psychology of taking up room in the holding tank kills them.
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In the harsh marine environment, something is always in need of repair. Margaritas fix everything.