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Old 06-09-2007, 00:38   #1
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holding tank requirement

The boat we are ferrying to British Columbia does not have a holding tank. we would prefer to wait to install a sewage holding tank until we are in our home port and make it part of the boat conversion/refit.

Will a port-a-pottie meet US requirements while we transit US waters?
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Old 06-09-2007, 03:48   #2
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If it dosnt ..I would like to know why ..It dosnt even have a facility for piped discharge, and as far as I know there isnt any regulations on holding tank size . (wheels I say nuthink).. : )
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It may not IF there is a working head on the boat that does not meet requirements. Their enforcement efforts will be directed towards the illegal head not the legal porta potti. You may want to call the CG to confirm this but you may have to disable the existing head in some way before they will ignor it. Also check into the requirement of a porta potti. I looked into this several years ago and as I recall there are regulations for fastening it to the boat and not all models meet the requirement.
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The boat we are ferrying to British Columbia does not have a holding tank. we would prefer to wait to install a sewage holding tank until we are in our home port and make it part of the boat conversion/refit.

Will a port-a-pottie meet US requirements while we transit US waters?

Yes but visit the USCG first...they will wire your head shut so you can't use it
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Old 07-10-2007, 10:39   #5
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Go here I think you'll find your answer.

Marine Sanitation Devices

Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals
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Consider using a bucket

If you make your head inoperable then if your trip back home is not of long duration why not just carry a bucket. Put your used toilet paper in a plastic garbage bag and dispose it in a proper place once you are back home. What do you think all the open fishing boats do? No one bothers them, or at least I never heard of the Coast Guard or the Staties bothering folks with boats that have no heads.
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