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Old 16-02-2010, 09:29   #1
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Black Water Leaking into Bilge

Hi all, need help!

Yesterday I checked the bilge on the starboard side of my father's 38' Fountaine Pajot cat., and it was filled with what smelled like black water from the head. Also, in the starboard engine compartment I noticed bits of toilet paper.

Further, the starboard head is no longer pumping out (this head flushes out, not into a tank). When you try to pump it, there's no pressure. I haven't started taking anything apart yet, since I still haven't diagnosed the issue. So before I do, anybody have any clue what might be happening here?


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Old 16-02-2010, 11:19   #2
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Not enough information yet to say, but it sure sounds like you have a failed hose, fitting or valve somewhere.

Can you get the boat to a pump out and pump out the bilge?

Obviously, I guess, start with closing all the valves and pumping out the holding tank, too, even if you think it hasn't been used.

Got any siphon loops in the system?

Wish I could be more help. What kind of toilet is this? (Be sure and wear rubber gloves and keep lots of hand sanitizer available.)

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Old 16-02-2010, 15:53   #3
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If it wasn't winterized, you probably have a blown hose or valve.
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