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Old 19-01-2013, 06:36   #16
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Re: Practical Holding Tank advice in Florida

Yes I have a spare, I have spares for all sorts of things. I think that they work one day and not the next, only when old and badly maintained. Its still new and will be so for quite some time.
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Old 19-01-2013, 06:43   #17
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Re: Practical Holding Tank advice in Florida

Toilet police, indeed. What's the world coming to?!

I've never used my holding tank except to test it. In this part of the world here are no toilet police, and there are reasonable rules for using marine toilets.

If I were in a different part of he world, however, and wanted to cheat, it would be quite easy in my boat. The holding tank discharges underwater using an onboard macerator pump.
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Old 19-01-2013, 07:07   #18
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Re: Practical Holding Tank advice in Florida

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, daviedoall.
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Old 22-01-2013, 06:49   #19
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So we pee into the water, so what? Now we're back on pee jugs and dumping them to save our limited holding tank space.
So what? So it's illegal. That's so what.

Yeah, it's kind of a dumb law. Probably shouldn't be illegal. But for now at least, it IS illegal. So you either follow the law, or you accept the consequences.

Oh, and peeing into a jug and then dumping that is just as illegal as having your head dump directly overboard. So now you've been warned. No whining allowed if you get fined for dumping your "pee jug" overboard.
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Old 22-01-2013, 12:03   #20
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Re: Practical Holding Tank advice in Florida

Thank you, GordMay, for your kind welcome.

For all the "Holier then thou" types writing in, my complaint is not with the law per se, it's with the law enforcers who harrassed us some 15 minutes after the ticket was issued. Do you think that was appropriate behavior for a law enforcement officer?

To my gentle bearing, that was a comment from a harrassing rude bully whose behavior should be repremanded. Am I wrong there?

My friend had a Florida Marine Patrol officer tell him it was legal to pee directly overboard. Has anyone here ever been busted for peeing directly overboard?
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Re: Practical Holding Tank advice in Florida

It is legal to pee directly overboard. It is illegal to pee into a bucket (cup, "jug", whatever), and then dump that bucket overboard. One of many idiotic contradictions within the marine sanitation laws.
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Old 22-01-2013, 12:18   #22
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Re: Practical Holding Tank advice in Florida

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A good system is to run the hose from the toilet right to the holding tank, which has a hose for either the deck pumpout location or one for an overboard pump. Keep the overboard seacock handle padlocked to an eyebolt in the closed position. IMHO Y valves are prone to problems and they are worth eliminating if possible.
+1. Same way I have mine setup.

Also, most systems do not need a Y-valve downstream of the tank. A T fitting will do and thus simplify your system. As long as you keep the opposite end sealed you will be able to either pump-out or discharge overboard. For example, close the overboard seacock when using pump out and close the deck cap when using the overboard discharge.

My boat has a separate deck pump-out fitting directly on the top of the tank which is the floor of my anchor locker and a gravity drain overboard discharge. No T or Y required.
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