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Hi All,

The 20+ year old head started to give us some trouble on our 8 day cruise last week. I was getting rinse water down the bowl while in the flush mode (it was pee coming back into the bowl), so obviously I have some seal problems. While looking for rebuild kits, I spied a new head (complete) for $148 (not much thinking required there). The boat is plumbed with the rinse water coming from a through hull (for me that means brackish water in port and salt water everywhere else). My options are to live with that or plumb a new line from the house water system. We have have heard stories of nasty smells using salt water.

What are your experiences using salt water rinse versus fresh water (holding tank), chemicals that help etc. Thanks.

Dave
 

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Thanks for the replies all! Don't want to get sick, so won't hook the house water to anything in the head. Will hook up existing raw water rinse and give it a shot. Worst case scenario is to pour a glass of fresh water into the bowl and flush.

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I would be very cautious about connecting pressurized water to a manual head.
Fresh water is definitely preferable to salt for rinsing a marine head, but the head must be set up for an inlet pressure of 30# or more, which I would doubt your $150.00 head is.
For sure! I had contimplated teeing off the supply line to the water pump (directly from the tank), but am not for reasons already discusssed.
 
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