pumpout station at a marina

Pumping Out

If your boat has a holding tank, learning to use a pumpout station is a necessary part of your boat's operation. This is an area where a small mistake can lead to a big mess, so take your time and be careful.

This video will walk you through the steps of using a pumpout station.


Or you can follow the steps below.

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.


Step 2: Insert pumpout hose nozzle into deck fitting.


Step 3: Turn pump on. If there is a hose valve, open it to start the suction.


Step 4: When no waste is seen in sight glass, close hose valve and remove nozzle from deck fitting.


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.


Step 6: Close valve. Put away hose. Turn off pump if requested. Replace deck fitting cap.