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Another quick question for boat owners. My wife's only real gripe about broads cruisers is the toilet system. Most hire yards do a very quick pump out on turn around day and to be perfectly honest we've hired a few boats that haven't smelt to good at the start of a weeks hire. Do you owners use any different methods to rinse out the system, do you leave it soaking with some kind of chemical cleaner whilst not in use ?? Sorry if its a daft question..

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Hi Andy boat toilets that use river water for flushing very often smell for first few pumps/actions this goes away after use. leesan make a capsule holder attached to the inlet pipe to stop this, hire yards don bother as they tend to have constant use But! if not used for several weeks smell comes back for first few pumps. Sujjest you pump it as soon as you get on board with window open.John

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We have a pump flush loo on Norfolk Lady.  Unlike the ‘drop through’ loos found in a lot of hire craft, when the bowl has been flushed, it’s on its way to the waste tank.  What we do when we leave the boat after a weekend or longer away, is flush it, pour in some Jabsco cleaner ( https://www.brianwards.co.uk/product/jabsco-toilet-fresh-clean-condition-1ltr/?highlight=Jabsco toilet fresh ) and top up with fresh water, reason being is that our boat uses river water to flush which can smell if left.

We get a pump out when the waste tank is nearly full.  If you have a drop through type, it may get a bit whiffy if left, so may need more frequent pump outs.

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When we have a pump out we pour own own supply of blue in the pan and add more blue when we leave the boat and always close the lid.  We probably pump out more than we need to due to being nearly on max once  and unable to find a pump out that was open or had space for us to moor. Ours is a drop through 

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When it is your own boat you are in control!  So avoid leaving a full tank or even a slightly full tank until another visit, don't skimp on pump outs - find a boatyard that does a good pump out - the cleaner it is kept the fresher it will be?  I also used to keep the door slightly open when the boat wasn't in use so the air could circulate.

I can vouch there is nothing worse than going on a boat with a smelly loo!

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We have an electric macerator with fresh water flush, it’s just like a domestic one.

We don't add any extra blue, bleach or owt else for that matter.  We do have an external vent to atmosphere via a vetus charcoal filter.  If the tank is proper toppers, then it can emit a slight pong outside after a flush.  The helm dial gauge stops us over-filling the tank and gives us a visual indication if a pump out is required.

Griff

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