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  1. Broadman
    Hello Peggy

    Your book and assistance here has been a great source of information! I completely changed the entire system on my boat and now working well(ish). I now have a cheap(er) Jabsco electric toilet-noisy. I’m looking at changing it out for a quieter model and came across the ‘Albin’ brand-far cheaper than the Jabsco quiet flush (here in Canada about 1/2 the price)

    I can’t find any reviews on these-have you any insight-good/bad/ugly?

    Thanks again for all your help.

    Roger Broad
  2. alucas100
    Dear Peg, I have enjoyed your wealth of info on marine sanitation. I would be grateful if you could answer this question for me. When I pumped out my holding tank last week, all the water from my 17 gallon starboard side water tank pumped out first! I have no idea why, I am new to the boat, but obviously, freshwater is somehow plumbed into my waste system (OH NO!!) I opened the Y-valve and the seacocks in the head and heard a clunk, only then did the holding tank successfully pump out. Do you know how to prevent the freshwater from being pumped out every time? We DO NOT drink the freshwater, only use it for washing, but still I was shocked to learn that the two systems were even linked. I imagine the previous owner wrongly converted to a freshwater flush system. Thanks so much for any advice you can give, my boat is an 84 Catalina 30.
  3. CptCrunchie
    I've been reading threads about the ElectroScan Hold 'n Treat, and read that you wrote a book about boat odors. I just purchased it, but after I did, I discovered there is an updated version. I looked for publication dates, but have been unsuccessful. Is there much difference between the new and old? I'm particularly interested in this system and how I can connect it within the 52' blue water sailboat we are looking to buy.

    I have a ton of questions about this system and am hoping your book will address them.
  4. I36guy
    The tank is located under the v-berth. It is mounted athwartships, approximating the countour of the hull. It's about 5' wide, 1' deep and about 30" high and has multiple baffles.

    It came as a custom tank but the holes were all on the wrong side. Head, macerator, pumpout and vent are all on the port side of the boat and the holes were put on the starboard side of the tank. Rather than send it back, the boatyard convinced me to just make it work.

    Anyway, I've used the uniseal grommets to move the intake to the correct side - more than halving the length of that hose. From what I've read and understand, the more ventilation the better. And better still, if I can achieve a passive cross-ventilation.

    So, I've opted for 1" vent lines (previously a single 5/8" line [1/2" MPT tank fitting) with an 8 foot run) but I've not drilled additional holes in the boat - yet. I'm at a point where I can change tank fittings with little fuss.
  5. senormechanico
    If you would not mind I'd like to hear your opinion on my thread,

    "Loonies Got Their Way".

    I can't post a link here.

    All of Puget Sound and the "Salish Sea" (arg) is now a NDZ as of May 10, 2018.

    If you would rather not enter the food fight, I'll understand.

  6. Calusa Sailor
    Hi Peg
    I have a compac 33 with a leaking holding tank. What material do you suggest for a replacement that will cut down on odor and last for a while. My wife and I are liveaboards in Florida.

    Thanks for any suggestions.
  7. GregW1309
    Hi Peg,
    I’m planning to replace my permeated hoses with either pvc schedule 40 and am wondering if black ABS pipe used for home sewage would be even better, mainly because the fittings are more streamlined to keep stuff flowing. Also seems like pipe just up to the vented loop is the only critical permeated area since everything else is down hill? Thanks for you advise and thanks for writing your great book! Greg
  8. Windswept40
    Hi Peg:
    I an have multiple issues with my boat sanitation systems. Could use some advice. The first issue I am having is with a Jabsco Head. I had the discharge line get plugged with calcification and as part of cleaning the line i rebuilt the pump with the jabsco rebuild kit. Noe with the new kit the system does not pump on dry bowl consistently. The lever will shift slightly off of its flush position and stop the pump action. I have to hold the lever in the flush position for it to work. Is this just a defective rebuild kit?
  9. Pearson Stu
    Greetings, Peg Hall:
    Thank you very much for writing that book! Read the whole thing on a Sunday, attacked my waste tank venting system and associated hoses on Monday and by Thursday I was singing your praises as I tossed the in line waste tank vent filter and 3 feet of extraneous hose into the trash.
    I am getting ready to freshen up my freshwater tanks as they are near empty and the water smells a little off.This is a "new to me" '86 Pearson 34.On previous boats I have used the bleach cleanse technique but as I have two bladder tanks in the Pearson. I think I should avoid bleach and its effect on rubber.What would you suggest for cleaning / rinsing bladders and suggestions for preserving "nice" water?I do have one of those RV end of hose charcoal filters for filling tanks.
    Thank you again for making the nastiest job on board one of the most rewarding!
    Sincere Regards,
    Stu Moore
    Oriental, NC
  10. MegM
    I have your book and have used many recommendation as I design my new head system. I do have a question about vent loops when installing a fresh water head (the Raritan Fresh Head) and when installing the Raritan SeaEra QC with the raw water/fresh water option (called Sea Fresh). I also have questions of the hose and valve locations as they tie back into the discharge line. Time is of the essence since the boat yard is installing both these toilet systems now. Can I send you some drawings and possibly discuss their plan with you for feedback? P.S. Josh Roberts said to say hello. Meg

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    Author/Marine Sanitation Consultant
    Peggie Hall is nationally recognized in the boating industry as one of the few experts in marine sanitation, and is often referred to as “the Head Mistress.” As a member of ABYC, she was a member of a sanitation project technical committee formed to establish a standard for sanitation equipment and installation onboard from its inception in 1991 through 1996. She has written a number of articles for major boating magazines, is often asked to speak at conferences, conduct seminars for various organizations and at major boat shows, and is a consultant to a number of state agencies. She also hosts plumbing and sanitation forums on several internet boating sites and is the author of "Get Rid of Boat Odor--a Boat owner's guide to marine sanitation systems and other sources of aggravation and odor," now out it's second edition "The New Get Rid of Boat Odors" --the only book devoted entirely to marine sanitation systems and other odor issues. She is an independent consultant who receives no compensation of any kind from any product or equipment manufacturer.
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