Originally Posted by sestina
At night I'll use the head
rather than traipse up to the ablution block. My holding tank
is for emergencies only. ...
If something comes out of this thread is that many that have holding tanks
on their boats rarely use them and that the several states that forbidden the dishware of any **** on territorial waters are not taken seriously.
When the RCD, more then 10 years ago, made mandatory the installation
of holding tanks on cruising boats they assumed sailors would use them. Since it was not the case (with many users) the RCD has been changed:
"Any toilet fitted in a recreational craft shall be connected solely to a holding tank system or water treatment system."
That means now everybody has to use the holding tank since a Y connection is forbidden. No direct connection from the head to the sea.
I hope this will better the situation because if the situation of disposing of **** on marinas or near the shore will continue the next steep is obvious and it will be a self contained boat with the holding tank only being emptied by a pumping station facility. Then it would be very difficult to pollute the water with ****.
I really hope that they don't need to go that far to assure that all kip their **** away from the shores, but that is not up to them but to cruisers that have already the means to do that ....and in many cases refuse to do so.