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Old 22-06-2008, 07:01   #1
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viability of lectrasan

Boat came with a lectrasan MC system.
Plans are coastal cruising on the east coast US, Maine to Florida & Bahamas. Is this Lectrasan MC a viable system for those areas? The system needs a rebuild and that is pricey so I'm considering removal.
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Probably cheaper, and as convenient to just use holding tank when can't pump directly overboard. More and more areas are becoming "no discharge zones" where the lectrasan will be of no benefit.
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We have an electro scan, i love it cause I only have about 1 foot of hose that has raw sewage in it, the rest is all treated and easy to work with if the necessity arises, really the only place in florida where it's an issue is the keys, here's a list of current places where zero discharge is allowed to give you an idea of whether or not you can live with it, most are rivers and harbours.

No-Discharge Zones for Vessel Sewage | Ocean Regulatory Programs | US EPA
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As the pirates in suits don't recognize the value of onboard sewage treatment in US waters, you are better off not throwing any more money at the lectrasan. A holding tank and pumput system has become the standard on the East Coast, and will probably cost you less.
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The list of no discharge zones above shows where they are restricted. Raritan has come out with a holding tank / treatment system that will let you enter no discharge zones and hold waste then treat it and discharge it other places. It makes a compact total unit but it is not the cheapest solution.

When an old Lectrasan goes south they often can not be repaired and must be replaced. The newere Electrosan is a better unit as is the Purasan that uses fresh water. If you don't have a holding tank the job of adding one is NOT cheap. either way it is some additional money to spend but you can't really go around with a broken Lectrasan.
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Old 23-06-2008, 16:37   #6
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The Lectrasan is about 6 years old. I think it was installed in 2002.
The whole forward head needs reworking. Clogged lines, disconnected holding tank, etc etc. Luckily I have an aft head I can use until I get things fixed.
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Our marina won't allow one to be used, because it is a small basin with out much water exchange, and the discharge of the lectrasan, while sanitary, will feed algea.

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Plus what comes out

still stinks...along with the TP and "Nutrients"

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Our marina won't allow one to be used, because it is a small basin with out much water exchange, and the discharge of the lectrasan, while sanitary, will feed algea.

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