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Old 11-06-2015, 10:22   #16
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

Sloopman your lectrasan is treated waste and is legal everywhere except in a ndz
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:30   #17
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

The Erie Canal has a rule that even locking out a Y valve is not sufficient. The system allowing overboard pumping must be totally removed! That was a concern to me before using the canal, but I was reassured by those who use the canal regularly that such a thing is never checked. And I had no problems. Of course I stuck by the moral code and used my holding tank and pumped out at proper pump out stations, many of which are free! At least one is do-it-yourself and very convenient!
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:44   #18
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

Domestic 711-M28 $549.99 in West's catalogue has a base with a built in 9.5 gal. Holding tank. Standard inlet and outlet and flush water feed.I feed my fresh water for flushing directly from a six gal. Tank above and the discharge hose goes to the deck pump out .I removed the thru hull and glassed in the hole.No electricity and at 2pints per flush, over 50 flushes. No smell. Legal, simple and safe. The old seawater inlet goes to a wash down pump for anchor chain or putting out a fire. Defender has the same type set up. For 1/2 plus, plus freight.
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Old 11-06-2015, 10:54   #19
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

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The SF bay is a zero discharge zone so boats without a holding tank with a head that is able to pump overboard are liable to get a ticket if inspected. In some jurisdictions in the US even locking the thru-hull valve closed will not avoid a citation if there is no holding tank.

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Richardson Bay in the SF Bay is a no discharge zone. The rest of the Bay is not a No Discharge Zone (I know, bad English) You can operate a boat in Richardson Bay without a holding tank, you just cannot discharge here. I have a Letrasan unit which I use on the SF Bay and according to the USCG, that is legal, I just have to tell people that they cannot pump the head while in Richardson Bay. Discharging treated sewage in the SF Bay is legal except in Richardson Bay. Nowhere is it legal to discharge untreated sewage in the SF Bay.
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W're planning on departing California in October and cruising the Pacific. I've done research and I'm still not very clear on holding tank requirements. Is it a recommendation or a requirement? What are the potential consequences for not having one?

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****PLEASE *** PLEASE *** PLEASE*** REFRAIN FROM LECTURING ON WHETHER IT'S ETHICALLY/MORALLY/CORTEOUS etc. TO USE A HOLDING TANK My request is information on the LEGAL requirements. Thanks!
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I have a Lectrasan which is/was Coast Guard approved and does a great job. How does that fit into this picture. No holding tank.
In the US it is legal to discharge treated waste except in No Discharge Zones as described in the CFR's.
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Old 11-06-2015, 11:03   #22
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where I cruised authorithues happy with campervan carry chemical toilet, it has 10 liter holding tank and fir singkehander shoukd suffice. The question is would US authorities accept it? And how ti prove you were not pumping raw discharge from your raw toilet?
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

I wouldn't worry too much about it. If you do decide to put in a small holding tank, make it the gravity empty type, then just leave the valve open all the time. Outside the U.S... nobody cares.
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

Laws aside, If you have a conventional MSD, there will be times that you wish you had a holding tank.

Since you are asking the question, I assume that you either don't have one now or are thinking of getting rid of what you have. As has been suggested, there are other options. But not many. Having said that, the one option that really makes sense is the right composing toilet. In fact, when you figure it out, it makes more sense than the conventional MSD.

After my years of dealing with the issue, that is all behind me now with my C Head. But others here have made their own and been very happy with the results as well.
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Did anyone read this?! And did anyone not notice that he's going outside US waters, so whatever regulations are in place in the US are irrelevant!

No, you are not required to have one in the vast majority of the world. Most boats that are not from the US are not fitted with a holding tank. Occasionally you may pass through 'no discharge zones' that actually enforce their regulations, and in these places a bucket with a toilet seat on top of it will suffice (e.g. Panama Canal).
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Did anyone read this?! And did anyone not notice that he's going outside US waters, so whatever regulations are in place in the US are irrelevant!
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Yep. That did not escape me.

However.. ....
He does not know what he's in for. And I didn't see much in the way of judgmental comments that he was asking to avoid. The short answer to a wrong question may not be as helpful as you might think.

I also read that he is starting off in Californi. He would already be bumping up against a problem before he gets out the gate.

It is judgmental comments like this that have kept me away from the forum.

To the OP.
Short answered, Yes. You could do it.
Better to rethink the question, because there will be times that you will wish you had at least a holding tank.:
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Re: Do I need a holding tank? (legally speaking)

Ask yourself this "how long before they change the rules (again) and we all have to have holding tanks fitted?"

Regardless of the legal situation wherever you are things change and more and more areas are stating that it is "illegal" to dump over the side within 3 miles of shore. So if you are thinking of fitting a holding tank then in the long run it might be easier and cheaper to do it know than later. Plus you know that in that idyllic bay you aren't dumping turds where others are swimming. Which quite frankly is reason enough to fit a holding tank.
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W're planning on departing California in October and cruising the Pacific. I've done research and I'm still not very clear on holding tank requirements. Is it a recommendation or a requirement? What are the potential consequences for not having one?

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Honestly... The issue or concern just never comes up outside the USA and now Turkey of all places.

Have a nice voyage! Forget about the U.S. Requirements as you exit the Golden Gate to freedom.
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It doesn't matter what the laws of any country is. if you follow the first law of life. Think of the other people. Would you like to be on the receiving end of a wast pipe? Mans laws are originally based on morals. So, separating morals from laws is baking them. WAKE UP!!

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In Queensland Australia you don't have to have a holding tank but you do have to have a macerator pump to shred any discharge. Also the nil discharge zones are now so large (for example the 1000 mile long Great Barrier reef zone) that it becomes pretty impractical to not have a tank.
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