Originally Posted by thinwater
You are over thinking this a bunch. I've been checked by DNR and CG.
better that I overthink it than the local marine
The regulation allows for "by padlock, non-resealable tie, removal of handle or other physical barrier." Releasable ties are the ones where a simple pinch allows removal. The ties do NOT have to be metal. In fact, rigging wire is not as clearly acceptable, though I'm sure it would pass if very well twisted. They do not require locks. The regulation clearly accepts plastic cable ties. Simple.
Obviously there are MANY ways poop can get in the water, no the least of which is a bucket, so the law is not that complicated. Sure, you can use a locked door, but there is NO IMPLICATION that a lock is required. The notion that a crew member would cut the tie, drain, and replace behind the captains back is absurd on the face of it. Why?
WE don't carry 'crew' only rare family
guests, I was just being 'Devil's advocate', just as junior officer Dibble just out of training school
might be when doing an inspection
and looking to please his superiors..