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Pumping heads in all the wrong places

So we finally went on our first cruise in the gulf islands. I know this is going to get some attention but, what is it with some people dumping their heads right in the marina. having a nice relaxing evening in the cockpit, then SWISH all the sudden it smells like an outhouse Are you kidding me!!!!????? Just sayin
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That happens on the mainland as well.
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Re: Pumping heads in all the wrong places


Maybe so, maybe no...

You may be smelling the sewer gases emitted from the holding tank through the vent lines, and not actual effluent being pumped into the marina. Whenever you flush, that black water going into the tank will displace an equal amount of air that's til this point been happily stagnating in that great microbial incubator known as a holding tank.
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Re: Pumping heads in all the wrong places

As PorFin says, gasses from the vent can be objectionable. Unfortunately, our vent is on the dockside and I've been out there washing when someone flushed below. Embarassing really. Goes away quickly.

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