Somewhere in those 200-odd pages (the Clean Waters Act being more easily found under the name 33 USC 1311) I saw a reference to vessels built after 1985 but I'm damned if I'm going to read 200 pages to find out whether a potty is legal
I think a good topologist could make the point that a boat is similar to a torus, and that a hole in a boat is equal to the hole in a donut, so that whatever is ejected through the hole, wasn't ejected FROM the donut. or boat. Topologists are good at that stuff, they make politicians seem like amateurs.
What's a torus with multiple holes called, anyhow??
After the gungo-ho zero tolerance USCG Commandant from the 80's got replaced...I think it was in the 90's tht the USCG finally got tired of being slapped by Congressmen with po'd donors, ergh, constituents, and the new boss went on record
to say the USCG now accepted the fact that "secured" meant what Congress thought it meant, i.e. SECURED. If you can't access it, can't use it, can't reach it, it is SECURED. And they specifically acknowledged that zipties, locked doors, and similar (duh!) ways of ensuring the head
couldn't flush overboard
, were "SECURED".
Whatever it was, however it was...and since that was pre-internet you'd probably have to serve a FOIA request on the USCG to get the real paperwork...the USCG has long accepted that secured means secured. A local bubba might choose to argue differently, but that's only because he's looking to write paper and he figures you won't appeal or prosecute, you'll just pay up and move on.
You'd probably find something in the back issues of the boating
mags as well, since it was big news a tthe time--both that the USCG could be so intentionally obtuse, and then again, that they finally could see the light. I suspect some from Congress had a quiet conversation and said "What part of 'we're gonna cancel your budget
, all of it?' don't you understand, Commandant?" and got that one nailed down.
I wonder, if I post my MARPOL and oil
discharge placards in Mandarin or Babylonian, would that still be sufficient?