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Hello!
We’re not new to the Norfolk Broads but new to the forum (previously sailed with hunters Yard however this year we’re with a disabled family member so went for a cruiser).
Anyhoo- question 1 is how do we know if the mud weight is slack or not? It’s electric but the bow does seem to swing no matter how tight we tie up the stern (any tighter and we risk sloping if the tide goes out!) Is that normal or is there something we should doing to make sure the mud weight is tight? At the moment we just seem to hold down the button until it stops as there’s no way of telling when it hits the bottom so just assume when it automatically stops, it means it hits the bottom?
Second question is the small berth on the inside/middle of the boat, the toilet is automatic but keeps filling back up with water, but the water looks more like what’s just been flushed I.e. wee  Blush  
Is that normal? Or is there something wrong with the toilet? It’s doesn't half pong, especially at night, it’s only our second night but the smell is starting to get to me! I’m quite used to toilets on boats but never had an automatic one before.
Advice much appreciated!
P.S. ain’t this weather wonderful!? Couldn’t have asked for a better week!!
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LillyBee

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Being electric the mud weight will be a bit hit and miss, I take it you are using it while stern moored just drop it down until the wire goes slack let it settle then take up the slack you might need to do this a few time if staying a length of time to take account of the tide rise and fall.
The toilet should not back fill after flush, I would flush it two or three times before going to sleep so it pushes the urine past the anti siphon bend.  I have an electric toilet on my boat and you get no smell even after using it at night and not flushing due to the noise and fear of waking everyone up.  I don’t put paper down mine that goes in a bin as it’s a macerating toilet we go by the rule if you haven’t eaten it it doesn’t go in it.  Try some zoflora one a day to keep it smelling fresh.

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Lilly -   ring your boat yard this morning and get them to come out to you.   They will explain the mud weight and more importantly sort out that ruddy toilet.  That does not sound right to me what is happening.

Get them on the blower pdq.     They should be there by 8 or ring them on the emergency mobile number.

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Electric toilets have a replaceable rubber valve to stop the backfilling you are experiencing. Get the boatyard out.

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Just remembered it is called a Joker valve. Obviously ??

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On the subject of electrics mud weights you are letting far too much chain out. Most mooring spots have a depth of about six foot which should give you an idea. Measure time from deck to water and then double it.
Most chains have markers but you need to be by the winch to see them.


The winch will only stop when you have run out of chain, it overheats, or the battery is flat.

Have fun.

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Despite Perfect Lady's advice about the loo.   I would advise against putting soiled toilet paper in a bin, Christ that would pen and ink in this weather and be a health hazard just do as normally.      I have a stomach problem and on all boats have always flushed the loos as at home.   Most days 5 times a day and that is a good day for me.

Hubby even puts paper in the loo before hand to stop the pan from being soiled.

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Hi Bee Toilets that use river water to flush do smell for first day or so it's just stale river water and will be coloured,the toilet should have a little water left in the bowl, the smell will go away after some use your boat probably hasn't been out for a week of two so quite normal, mud weight why are you using it while moored to bank? when letting it out when the weight hits the mud the winch will make a different  sound slightly different as weight comes off winch just let a little more out , To check go to chain and lift it up with your hand if tight let more out you should be able to pull/lift chain ie slack if weight is on bottom. John

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Thanks people! Much appreciated Smile
We’ve called the boatyard who’ve confirmed it’s not a normal toilet situation and we’re getting a pump out as soon as poss and they won’t charge us which is great!

Re the winch though- how do we time it? I’ve lifted it and a lot of the chain is covered in mud so it’s definitely been slack all night! How do I time a 6ft drop?
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I'm going to resist the temptation to come out with a load of cr*ppy puns on this subject. The rule for boat toilets is the 3 Ps; Pee, Poo, Paper. All boat loos should be able to handle paper, if not there is something wrong with it.

Putting soiled paper in a bin is a definite no-no. The only time I have done anything like that is while staying on Corfu, where you can't put paper down the loo. Even then, we used to put the paper into nappy disposal bags before binning it.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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