Boaters the world over are concerned about toilets.
This is a well known and universally recognised fact in boating circles.
At any boaty type gathering the conversation invariably turns to toilet related ‘matters’ ….. types of flush; macerators versus cassette; types of paper (& the penalties for wrong type); dire problems that have been encountered etc etc
It seems to me that no two boat toilets operate in the same way or make the same ‘noises’! In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a ‘boat toilet noise’ CD somewhere ……… if not, this may offer someone (with loads of time) a recording opportunity! I expect royalties for the depositing (!) the idea.
Turning personal, Piedaleau has 2 loos which cause quite a lot of comment as they have quite a protracted, 2 tier, operation system. And the water pump that replenishes the bowls, is noisy. So there is no way of nipping out for a quiet pee – can cause a rude awakening in the middle of the night or be a little embarrassing during a dinner party! But since, as I said earlier, all boaters discuss such matters it usually opens up a well rehearsed topic of conversation.
But I digress…….. Basically Piedaleau’s front loo (the one usually used by visitors) seems to be getting noisier and noisier. Apart from the usual water pump and flushing sounds there is now a high pitched squeal / whine towards the end of the operation. We have been administering lots of baby oil (so much kinder than using olive oil, I always think) but it is becoming embarrassing. David has christened it our ‘orchestral toilet’.
So, having dealt with the bow thruster problem we decided to do some investigation as to probable causes and possible solutions of the toilet whine.
While following various sanitary ‘threads’ on line we came across the following bon mots which lightened our morning and I thought would be good to share…. my thanks to whoever posted these little gems….
- I don’t want to,
- I don’t have to,
- You can’t make me,
- I’m retired!
- Looking beyond the embers of bridges glowing behind us
- To a glimpse of how green it was on the other side
- Pink Floyd – High Hopes
- What you said,
- What you think you said and
- What I thought you said
- Are 3 different things!
- Oh sooo true!
But I digress again so back to our loo……..
We learnt that we can buy a very expensive product (Leesan descaler) that will dissolve any calcification around the all important macerator mechanism. Luckily David has some on board his boat so we are trying some of this magic potion in the hopes that we don’t have to dismantle the whole toilet! Very special & expensive jollop – around £20 per litre (much more expensive than the wine we buy, drink and then pass that way.) Fingers crossed – and everything else really, as you have to leave the jollop for 2 to 3 days for maximum effect.
Toilet news flash ……….. whine much reduced but not totally eradicated so more jollop will be administered anon. Having popped home to have some work done on the roof we now have our own jollop supply.
Bet you can hardly wait for the next update!!!!