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Old 26-07-2013, 21:28   #16
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Re: How Long Does it Take to Fill your Holding Tank?

Of course, you could use economy mode. Pee into a bucket, save the holding tank for poo. Discretely empty pee bucket over side or through sink (if in a marina).
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Of course, you could use economy mode. Pee into a bucket, save the holding tank for poo. Discretely empty pee bucket over side or through sink (if in a marina).
Actually, we do this. I have a y valve marked "pee" and "poo". You turn it to the business a hand.
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Re: How Long Does it Take to Fill your Holding Tank?

Working as a psychiatric nurse 17 years ago, I had a 10 year old kid as a patient who could intentionally hold in his poop for 8-10 days. It's just a matter of mind over poop.
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I now have to get off the fence. New boat has old-timey direct overboard discharge: the way real sailors poo! So, by the time I add a holding tank (that I really don't want to transport), it will be far cheaper/easier to go with a "composting" head.

Went shopping yesterday for a deluxe 5 gal bucket with lid, seat, and pine shavings (for my "chinchilla").
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Working as a psychiatric nurse 17 years ago, I had a 10 year old kid as a patient who could intentionally hold in his poop for 8-10 days. It's just a matter of mind over poop.
lol. Too funny.
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On looking at specs for the new Jeanneau 509 in Cruising Helmsman magazine I'm horrified to see that it has only an 80 litre holding tank. Is this typical and how long would this usually last with say 6 people on board? I find it hard to believe that all these production boats anchored in the Whitsundays here are all "doing the right thing" if that is their holding tank capacity.
No, they are not doing the right thing, or at least I very much doubt it. One way we have found to dramatically extend the capacity of our holding tank is to have a squirt bottle of Head Treatment on hand. Two squirts allows you to just keep filling the bowl with liquid waste without it either crudding up the bowl or smelling. It will also keep the lines clean. So, instead of having a disgusting yellow stink hole, you have a non smelly bowl full of blue water. Using this method, our rather generous 300 gallon black water tank lasts for a couple of months.
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Whale poop is.....impressive.
And extremely important to the ecosystem in the ocean as a source of nutrients for phytoplankton. Which is why emptying your head in deep water is generally a good, not a bad thing for the environment. Point sources of pollution, bad. Non point sources like flushing johnnies as you are moving along, good, assuming deep water away from populated areas.
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