Join us on our travels around Europe aboard our Dutch Tjalk Francoise

  • Jill Budd

    After 6 years aboard our Narrowboat Matilda Rose in the UK, we took the plunge and shipped her across to Europe. After 2 years in Europe we knew we didn't want to return to the UK so took the plunge and purchased a 1902 20 mtr Dutch Tjalk called Francoise and are now continuing our travels of the waterways of Europe in a buxom wench

  • January 2014
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What to do about Black Waste?

Posted by contentedsouls on 13/01/2014

This is a controversial subject which needed a little thinking about, yes I know tick tock, but we as boaters all end up talking s..t at some stage in an evening when out socialising.

On the continent, in general there are very few location where one can do a pump out, and historically boats on the continent nearly all have sea toilets, so what to do……when in Rome and all that….

A decision was made last June that we needed to have a Seacock welded into the bottom of the swim in the engine hole, close to the prop, so whilst in dry dock being blacked we had Les who runs Welford Marina and Facilities weld in the offending item. Seacock and Valve £95 approx

We then purchased a whale toilet waste pump for around £200 which was positioned close to the Blackwater tank and linked via a diverter valve to the seacock and the original roof pump out point. This allows us to choose either to pump out normally or dump straight through into the river ooooh!

This has made me ever so lazy, as it used to take me best part of 40 mins to do a manual pump out, now all I have to do is put a hose onto the roof pump out point hit a switch and it’s all over and done with in 10 mins. Lovely…….

No we won’t be swimming in the rivers on the continent, although I have in the past.

2 Responses to “What to do about Black Waste?”

  1. Graham, We have a friend who runs a hire fleet on the Canal de Garonne, If you would like his contact details let me know, he’s been out there a long time now and had his NB out there.




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