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In the mid 1990’s, as the federal Clean Vessel Act enabled the states to install more pumpout stations, it became obvious that many boaters would soon be facing their first pumpout experience.

As a result, the "Basics of Boat Pumpout" was designed to be distributed by marinas, boat clubs, and other groups to help their customers understand how to use a pumpout station for the first time. Free copies available

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How to Pump Your Boat's Holding Tank:

Since different machines vary slightly, be sure to read and follow posted directions!  In general, here's how it works:

Step 1: Remove cap from boat's deck waste fitting. step1.gif (10834 bytes)
Step 2: Insert pumpout hose nozzle into deck fitting. step2.gif (11036 bytes)
Step 3: Turn pump on.  If there is a hose valve, open
it to start the suction.
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Step 4: When no waste is seen in sight glass, close hose
valve and remove nozzle from deck fitting.
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Step 5: Put nozzle (with open valve) in bucket of water for 15 seconds to rinse hose.  If desired, rinse boat's holding tank with water and pump dry. step5.gif (11481 bytes)
Step 6: Close valve.  Put away hose.  Turn off pump if
requested.  Replace deck fitting cap.
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