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Sorry for this weird question but maybe someone can help me understand why on the instrument dashboard of a Bavaria Crew 42ft from 2004 the toilet light is flashing?



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As paul said. If you don't empty it out Real Soon, you are likely to have the head back up and discharge sewage all over the boat.

Or, the warning light indicator and tank sensor may be defective, but that's less likely.

I wouldn't use *that* head at all, until that tank was emptied.
 

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Thank you guys for your responses. I assumed it might be so, however, I’ve turned the switch on and was out at sea with it on, hoping that the system would then release the sewage (after pumping). I’ve recently bought the boat and therefore am asking for advice as to how to empty the system? Thanks in advance for your help!


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You need to get a flashlight and pencil and paper and visually trace out your system from the discharge of the toilet to where it goes. So probably you will leave the toilet and the first thing you will encounter is a valve. Specifically a "Y" valve. In one position it will allow the flow to go to the holding tank. I suspect this is the position that your valve is currently in. Since you seem to have a new light indicating an alarm of some sort. Have you been using the head.

To empty the holding tank probably will require that you do the following. First swap the "Y" valve to the "SEA" position. Second check your through hull valve and open it if it is not open. Third turn on your pump. But, to be sure you will have to trace your system out and think about it.

You may have multiple holding tanks and multiple "Y" valves and multiple pumps. Short of finding the owners manual what you really need to do is trace the plumbing out and determine where it all goes.

Your panel has two "Tank" lights. Could be two tanks or possible a high alarm and a hi hi alarm. I would imagine at minimum you have a "Y" valve for the discharge of each toilet and a "Y" valve for the discharge of your holding tank on the the thru hull tank and one to a deck pump out.

Bottom line you need to do you due diligence and trace and verify what you have as a previous owner could have made a repair that was not to original design. Then make yourself a document and print it out to have on board and I would label everything while I was at it.

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Given that you have recently bought the boat & there doesn't seem to be any information on board re the tank plumbing, I would be conservative about assuming that everything is fine/no leaks/no dodgy connections etc. When I went to replumb the head on my new/old boat, I discovered that a couple of the hose connections came off in my hand with very little encouragement! Talk about dodging a bullet. I'd get to the pumpout dock first thing & make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it with empty tanks the first time you try opening a bunch of valves. The consequences of a leak, defective part, or misunderstanding about what valve does what would be far less annoying.
 

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You need to get a flashlight and pencil and paper and visually trace out your system from the discharge of the toilet to where it goes. So probably you will leave the toilet and the first thing you will encounter is a valve. Specifically a "Y" valve. In one position it will allow the flow to go to the holding tank. I suspect this is the position that your valve is currently in. Since you seem to have a new light indicating an alarm of some sort. Have you been using the head.



To empty the holding tank probably will require that you do the following. First swap the "Y" valve to the "SEA" position. Second check your through hull valve and open it if it is not open. Third turn on your pump. But, to be sure you will have to trace your system out and think about it.



You may have multiple holding tanks and multiple "Y" valves and multiple pumps. Short of finding the owners manual what you really need to do is trace the plumbing out and determine where it all goes.



Your panel has two "Tank" lights. Could be two tanks or possible a high alarm and a hi hi alarm. I would imagine at minimum you have a "Y" valve for the discharge of each toilet and a "Y" valve for the discharge of your holding tank on the the thru hull tank and one to a deck pump out.



Bottom line you need to do you due diligence and trace and verify what you have as a previous owner could have made a repair that was not to original design. Then make yourself a document and print it out to have on board and I would label everything while I was at it.



Good luck,



LPd


Thank you for your help. I found only one tank and there is no trace of any pump on/in it. Also when activating the pump button, there is no noice or nothing that can suggest that there is a pump. Could it be that the previous owner took it off?
Thank you!


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Given that you have recently bought the boat & there doesn't seem to be any information on board re the tank plumbing, I would be conservative about assuming that everything is fine/no leaks/no dodgy connections etc. When I went to replumb the head on my new/old boat, I discovered that a couple of the hose connections came off in my hand with very little encouragement! Talk about dodging a bullet. I'd get to the pumpout dock first thing & make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it with empty tanks the first time you try opening a bunch of valves. The consequences of a leak, defective part, or misunderstanding about what valve does what would be far less annoying.


Thank you for your suggestion, it makes a lot of sense. I will make sure to touch the connections only once the boat is going to be out of water, which is very soon.


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I have a 2005 Bavaria 32 which is similar. T1 and T2 are lamps to indicate when a tank is greater than 3/4 full. If you have 1 head then you have only 1 tank. The lamps work regardless of whether the switch is on or off. The switch is for an (optional) macerator pump. There is no overboard discharge pump. Instead, there is likely a hose at the bottom of the holding tank connected to a seacock. Open the seacock and let gravity do the work if you are outside of any no discharge zones. Otherwise find a Pumpout station.

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I have a 2005 Bavaria 32 which is similar. T1 and T2 are lamps to indicate when a tank is greater than 3/4 full. If you have 1 head then you have only 1 tank. The lamps work regardless of whether the switch is on or off. The switch is for an (optional) macerator pump. There is no overboard discharge pump. Instead, there is likely a hose at the bottom of the holding tank connected to a seacock. Open the seacock and let gravity do the work if you are outside of any no discharge zones. Otherwise find a Pumpout station.



Good luck,

Chris


Thank you so much Chris. This is really of a big help. Will try and update you if it worked. :)
Best regards,
Evgheni


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