Well what a day! First off let me say i hate plumbing
jobs of any kind, house, boat and swimming pool lol.
I measured the tank as best i could prior to removing, i ordered a new tank to replace it... I measured it, however didnt factor the height, with was about a half inch to high, was attempting to go from a 6 to a 20 gallon... no go. Luckily west marine
let me order online and return in the store. Downside is i used my 10% coupon and they dont have a 9 gallon in stock listed online, so i will order one from Chapmans Monday.
OK so on the fun part, the person who set the system up was a little confused, when I bought the boat, the inlet and pump out were switched, inlet on bottom, pumpout on top, so it would drain the tank about a quarter of the way. Not to mention a really funked up part, there was a random Y in the overboard
line with a pump out fitting which just laid loose under the sink.
Obvious this project
can not be done without spilling some sewage into the bilge
area so I gloved up and got started, no i am replacing EVERYTHING in this project
, toilet, y-valve, pump-out fitting and hoses, so everything had to go. The hose used was not an oder block hose of any kind, it's the kind they try to sell you at west marine
, white pvc that says sanitation, but if you read it it's only for bilge
, potable water
, etc.. it breaks down rather fast and it stunk the whole tank area up. Removal
went fairly quickly with the exception of the overboard
line at the thru-hull, it was a mother to get off as I couldn't easily get a grip on it. I unfortunetely didn't get a chance to replace everything as I dont have the right tank.
Not a project i want to do again anytime in the near future, I bought the novaflex sanitation hose, 5 year warranty, i compared it with the Trident and the novaflex although a bit more appeared to be of higher quality, not much but the inside liner looked thicker and the hose was thicker as well. $10.50 a foot, the guy gave me what amounted to about 12% off as I bought all that he had left and he said he'd never sell a 2 foot section so he'd throw that in as well. worked out to about 9 a foot if you calculate the 2 foot section.
Anyhow, i am not looking forward to ever doing this project again, but as my theory goes when you own a boat you either have to enjoy working on them or have the money
to pay some one to work on them, for the most part i enjoy working on them, but i must admit I wont volunteer to help a fellow sailor take on this project and i sure as hell wouldnt ask one to help me!
I sprayed some bleach spray and plan on doing a good scrub down of the area with some sort of biodegradable cleaning
agent, dunno what yet.