Lest you find yourself in a sea of m… take care of the on-board toilet!

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WC, help. To prevent a pleasant sailing experience from turning into a nightmare of foul odors, care of on-board bathrooms is essential. Some precautions make it possible not to spoil the cruise environment,
and not end up like poor Mark Renton (played by a young Ewan McGregor) above, engulfed in the “worst toilet in Scotland” in the cult film Trainspotting.

SOS BOARD TOILET: WHAT TO DO

1. A “TRAINING COURSE” FOR EVERYONE
Ninety-nine percent of on-board toilet problems are due to errors in use, the most common of which are related to flushing management: too violent movements with the pump, an insufficient number of pump strokes to flush, or even the presence of paper in the pipes. To avoid these mistakes, the advice is to give a good training course to all crew members with explanations and demonstrations of how pumps should be used to avoid doing damage.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2. PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE

– When the pump “squeaks,” pour in one or two teaspoons of oil and after a few minutes give it about ten pumps. This should be enough to solve the problem.

– You need to know all the components of the toilet on your boat and the corresponding drain circuit to know how to deal with any problems. We welcome technical manuals!

– Keep a kit with spare parts corresponding to the model of the toilet you have on board, as well as all the tools you need to take action. In fact, it can often be very difficult to find the right pieces during a cruise, and even if you succeed in the difficult task, the risk is that you will have to shell out disproportionate amounts of money. Don’t forget to buy latex gloves and silicone.

3. WHEN THE WORST HAPPENS
When you have failed to do anything to prevent the worst and find yourself with one of the clogged toilets, be prepared to take action:

– Check that all valves in the circuit are closed.

– Take the time to consult the manual on toilet operation; for example, some manufacturers have uploaded some explanatory videos online that explain in detail how the systems work.

– If you have to work on the plant screws arranged to join several plastic pieces, be careful not to force too hard with the screwdriver, because you will risk ruining everything.

– One of the most common cases is to realize that the valve seal is defective or the pump body is worn. In this case, we recommend that you disassemble the toilet to see what happened, fix and clean up. Another thing to check is that the “swan neck” of the toilet is not clogged.

– Never use harsh toilet cleaning products such as those you use at home.

black water 24. THE BLACK WATER SERBATIO
Regulations regarding the regulation of discharges prohibit discharging directly into ports and roadsteads and releasing the blackwater tank less than three miles from the coast and at a speed of less than four knots. The black water tank complicates the toilet flushing circuit.

This case is small in size and fills very easily. The cap to be opened on the deck to empty the black water is marked “waste”-do not confuse it with the “water” cap reserved for fresh water tanks! Remember not to let the contents stagnate in the crate for too long.

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