Originally Posted by bstreep
Maybe a bit more info:
How much fresh water do you have? Good access to more fresh water?
Is the boat used ALL the time (do you live on it)?
What % of the time you are on the boat, do you have guests?
Basically, a well used SW flush will stay smelling good. One not used often will run guests from the boat!
We have 1000 liters of fresh water on board, so usually not a problem. On the other hand, the boat spends 9 months a year (the time not cruising, that is) on a mooring
with no power or water supply. Getting water is a hassle when I am single-handed.
The boat is used a lot. I don't usually live on her, but I reckon I spend 90 nights a year on board. I get in 50 to 60 sea days a year.
I am often alone on board (when not cruising -- which means working on the boat, like right now), and when cruising there can be anything from two to 8 people on board. On long cruises like my month-long summer cruise
, guests come and go and the boat is often full.
I agree about well used sea water toilets. I actually have not had a big problem with smells on board, to tell the truth -- so one might ask why I bothered with a fresh water toilet at all! I'm not sure I know myself.
I always flush them through with fresh water when I leave the boat and turn off the sea cocks. The stagnant sea water in the intake side stinks until that water is flushed through, but then generally all is good again.