Boats, unlike the houses we live in, require a complicated waste disposal system that involves miles of hose, several pumps, holding tanks, valves, monitoring devices...and of course, toilets! The Kika came equipped with two heads (bathrooms). But after 13 years of flushing waste and sea water through the system, and with telltale odor seeping into the living spaces, it was time to rebuild and replace the entire system. For this job, I hired Steve Ibbetson, owner of Marine Yacht Solutions to tear out the old and install everything new.
The original system in our Selene was extremely complicated and utilized miles of hose, numerous valves, pumps, loops and vents to flush directly overboard, or from the holding tank for later discharge overboard through a macerator pump that would often fail to pump or even turn on. Flushing with sea water instead of fresh water makes sense, but after a few years of mixing salt water with waste liquids, particularly when trapped in low areas of long hose runs, that tell tale odor returns...
We're Richard and Gwen (aka, Captain n' Cook) active boaters since moving to Seattle from Los Angeles in the early 90s. In that time we've owned several interesting vessels, but this blog will record our travels on MV Kika, a 2003 Selene 47 Ocean Trawler.