pump out

what is the procedure for pumping out holding tank? Never done this before. I have a 280 2008 EC

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  • TonyG13TonyG13 ChicagoPosts: 231Member ✭✭✭
    Google is your friend: "how to pump out a boat"...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbjE8Vemjr8

    Situations will vary, but the basics are the same as in the video.

    And if your dock has an attendant, ask them - they will be the experts for your area.
  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,555Member ✭✭✭✭
    Not much to it really.  There is a threaded adapter that screws into the pump out opening.  The pump out will have a hose with a fitting that locks onto the adapter.  You hook up, they turn it on and pump till they don't see anything coming out.  

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

  • TonyG13TonyG13 ChicagoPosts: 231Member ✭✭✭
    edited June 21
    Stodge said:
    There is a threaded adapter that screws into the pump out opening.  The pump out will have a hose with a fitting that locks onto the adapter. 
    Interesting. We don't have screw adapters around here. It's just a tapered rubber fitting that you hold tightly against the pump out opening to seal and start suction (just like in the video). So if you let go it breaks suction.
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 2,049Member ✭✭✭✭
    I've seen both in our area.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • WillhoundWillhound Lake Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaPosts: 2,049Member ✭✭✭✭
    @danrod you should also check on how different flush systems should be set for pump out. For example on my manual Jabsco it's recommended to have the little toggle lever set toward the empty bowl setting.
    "Knot Quite Shore" - 2000 FV270
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,264Member ✭✭✭
    I think some places just use the hold in tube to save on people stealing the adapters, I use the threaded one and keeping meaning to buy my own.

    Tip - once the sight glass appears to have no flow go have someone flush water into the head - don;t skimp. Give it chance to flush out as much as you can that does buildup in the bottom. If your vent doesn't have a filter on it It doesn't hurt to hose into that - clear it out and pump out any critters that have taken up residence.

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

  • reneechris14reneechris14 Pawcatuck river CTPosts: 2,160Member ✭✭✭✭
    I have my own fitting 1 1/4 npt and gloves good ole Eddie from long island needs gloves. 
    2005 Rinker FV342  Pawcatuck river,Ct
  • aero3113aero3113 Long Island, NYPosts: 2,617Member ✭✭✭✭✭
  • ron1maron1ma Posts: 12Member
    edited June 28
    I just call the local harbor master and setup a mobile pump out.  Its free and also hassle free for me.  One phone call sets it up.
  • danroddanrod Posts: 21Member
    That’s all great stuff, what about the valve in the bilge, Which position should it be? Not sure it looks like about two to three options.
  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,264Member ✭✭✭
    Valve? No valve on mine unless you have a Y to switch to tank or overboard?

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

  • danroddanrod Posts: 21Member
    Yes, I do have a Y valve but I don’t know which way does what, it is not marked, I only see the arrows but not what they do.
  • Dude_HimselfDude_Himself Charleston, SCPosts: 557Member ✭✭✭
    Starts at the icky tank - then one goes to the cleanout, the other goes to the macerator then overboard. Follow the plumbing.
  • MarkBMarkB OntarioPosts: 3,310Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Just make sure you have a suitable breather ... otherwise the tank will implode when sucked out.

    Boat Name: King Kong

    "Boat + Water = Fun"

  • mattiemattie Sarnia, OntarioPosts: 280Member ✭✭✭
    MarkB said:
    Just make sure you have a suitable breather ... otherwise the tank will implode when sucked out.
    Amen to that. Check your waste vent tube for blockages. Spiders & others crap.

    I replaced my factory SeaLand waste tank vent filter with a new Big Orange filter. The Big Orange has a brilliant built in vent bypass. It howls when the pumpout is hooked up. Also has replaceable filter media. Good stuff.....highly recommend.
    246BR, 276BR, H310BR current
  • danroddanrod Posts: 21Member
     I must have not had it turned the right direction because I am getting waste in my bilge it looks like it is leaking from the pump area. Thanks guys I'll have a look at it tonight,

  • icoulthaicoultha Niskayuna NYPosts: 1,264Member ✭✭✭
    Yick. 

    Regards,

    Ian

    The Third “B”

    Rear Commodore, Crescent Boat Club

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