Originally Posted by northoceanbeach
I am almost done with my flurry of activity getting the boat up to par.
The inlet for the toilet, and keep in mind this is my first boat that has an actual head and not a porta potti, the inlet that lets in salt water
to flush the bowl is leaking a bit. I see wetness around it sometimes and also after a couple weeks there are dried salt
crystals around the head.
Is this something I need to worry about? Is it a simple fix, just to tighten a bolt or anything?
Where exactly are you seeing the dried salt crystals? From your comment it doesn't sound like they're only around the bowl inlet fitting.
That leak is likely due to either a hose that's so old it's cracked and splitting. The average working life of any hose--fuel, water
, waste--is about 10 years because over time plastic and rubber dry out, become brittle and begin to crack...and then leak or even separate from fittings. Or the bowl spud (plastic hose connector on the back of the toilet) may have a crack. If the hose fits very snugly on the fitting, it shouldn't leak whether there's a clamp on it or not...however, because a clamp is what keeps it from working off the fitting over time, one is definitely called for!
However, there's a WEE bit more than just a slight leak at the bowl spud that needs attention:
That you're seeing signs that the toilet's been leaking while you've been away from the boat says you're not closing the seacocks when you leave the boat. Seacocks left open--especially toilet seacocks--while no one is aboard are a leading cause for boats sinking in their slips. If the toilet is left in the "wet" mode, there's nothing to prevent water
from flooding and overflowing the bowl.
Which brings me to the reason why a vented loop (anti-siphon device) is absolutely necessary in the intake of any toilet that's at or below waterline. It should NOT be installed between the thru-hull and the pump
...it needs to go between the pump
and the bowl...which means you'll have to replace the short piece of hose that connects them now with the right lengths of hose to put the loop at least 6-8" above waterline AT ANY ANGLE OF HEEL...which on most sailboats is 2-3 FEET above the bowl. The installation
instructions for your toilet will have a drawing showing how to install it. If you don't have the manual, you should be able to download one from the mfr's website.
You're brand new at all this...nobody was born knowing it. You're starting YOUR learning
curve and I'll be glad--all of us will--to help you climb it.