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Over the past few years I've had the de"stink" pleasure :puke of having the holding tank pumped out at various places from here (Bristol PA) to Annapolis even. most were tired sounding pumps sounding like "kersploook....kersploook...kersploook.....pause... sigh.... gurgle".... :rolleyes: I've just assumed that's the way they work.. slow and slower, tired sounding even. Today I went to one that amazed me. SQOOOSH! the tank was empty in a new york minute! The air was actually rushing through the head. I've never used a pump out that did that so well before. eh.. ok little things impress me :laugher Ten bucks.. not cheap but it's not like there are allot of pump out facilities on the tidal Delaware. Location is D&S on tullytown cove tullytown pa. warning! go in at high tide! keep to the right going in.. left going out. Call in advance until season opens may 15th.
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Yep, that's how they're supposed to work.

In my experience, the cheap/free ones tend to work the poorest if at all. Not always, but often.

Over in St. Michaels on the Eastern Shore, there are some "subsidized" pump-outs that frequently are inoperable. But the $15 pump out at the private marina (the one that caters to "upscale" boats) always works flawlessly. I like to kid the dock attendants about their price by complaining: "But the other broken pump-outs are free!" :D :D :D

An empty holding tank: Priceless.;)
 

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We had our first experience with a maritime pooper-scooper a few weeks ago. Definately "kersploook...kersploook.....pause... sigh.... gurgle". I can see where this is going to be one of the finer aspects of the crusing life. :p
 

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the one at BMC by the inner harbor is pretty good, unless your tank has more solid then liquid, i have had to put a few gallons of water to get the last of it, but i only have to pump every month or 2, as i use fresh water from jugs to flush.

yes using 2 liters filled with water to flush is more of a pain but what i do is bring 5 2 liters to the boat frozen for the ice box then use the last weeks thawed ones to flush, so no carrying 10 liters of water home. just pour enough water in the toilet before use
 

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Yup... that's how they area supposed to work....

Of course, having the ability to pumpout your own holding tank is priceless...especially when sailing in remote areas with no pumpout facilities and easy access to the three-mile limit. :)
 

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Location is D&S on tullytown cove tullytown pa. warning! go in at high tide! keep to the right going in.. left going out. Call in advance until season opens may 15th.
That wasn't a pump out vac. You found the bank's night deposit tube system.
 

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I should have added:

Many pump-out hoses have a neoprene/rubber end on the hose, that pushes down into the deck fitting for the holding tank. The seal is made by applying downward pressure on the hose, and in theory the neoprene form fits to any opening. It's an imperfect system at best, often allowing air to enter the pump system.

A very beneficial addition we made to our pump out repertoire was a Pump-Out Adapter like this.

It screws down into the threads for the deck fitting. Then the pump out hose clamps around it (after removing the universal neoprene adapter). It's gasketed and makes a completely airtight seal, and greatly improves the suction of any pump. If you don't have one yet, I strongly recommend that you get one.:)

Check the size of your deck fitting before ordering.;)
 

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An empty holding tank: Priceless.;)[/QUOTE]

No holding tank at all - even better, just dump the compost once a year. Use a composting toilet!
 

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My marina is pretty good, and it is free! at least "ONE" of the two is pretty good, the other is a bit slow. They both work, as long as one holds the head into the outlet.

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nastiest toilet i ever smelled was a composting toilet a friend had in his boat a few years ago---in my head system i use odorloss chemical-is not blue--is biodegradeable and freshens the tank nicely without killing the fishies in the sea...even the pumpout that came to my boat went with the kerploosh noises....
 

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Must not use the boat a whole lot... if you only have to dump the compost once a year... Composting toilets aren't magic... a month's worth of crap still takes up a substantial amount of space, even after broken down into compost... granted a lot of it is water, but there's still a month's worth of crap when all is said and done.

An empty holding tank: Priceless.;)
No holding tank at all - even better, just dump the compost once a year. Use a composting toilet!
 

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I don't know how it is for other areas.. but around here (tidal delaware river nj and pa) pump outs are few a far between. The law is clear.. no dumping.. yet the law doesn't seem to make it clear that pumpouts must work and be accessable. One at the state marina is supposed to be free... well that almost never works. I don't know if it's true that the govs. provide $ for pump out locations but if they do it's a waste of $
 
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