Last week we heard a diver under our boat for over 30 minutes. It sounded like he was reaming out all the thru hulls. We could hear him running what sounded like files and screwdrivers in and out of the underwater thru hulls. We just assumed it was our regularly scheduled and very efficient hull
Today I was approached by our marina management who told me the following very disturbing story:
The Port of San Diego
has hired a team of “stealth divers” who are to inspect the thru hulls of all liveaboard
boats in San Diego
Bay without contacting or notifying the boat owners or the marinas
. The diver last week was one of that team. He reported to the Marina management that our thru hulls showed signs of “fecal material.” The marina representative came down to our boat with the diver to see the thru hull
The Marina representative is a friend and lives on his 45’ trawler
just two slips down the dock
from us. When shown the offending thru hull
our friend pointed out to the “inspection diver” that the thru hull
serviced our galley
sink and it was unlikely there was any fecal matter in that thru hull.
I find the whole thing very offensive:
- stealth inspections with no notification
- what was the diver doing under out boat for 30-minutes?
- unknown diver reaping out thru hulls that may very well be closed
- reports to Marina management with no information given to us
divers who know nothing about the boats they inspect
I asked the Marina to send a Port of San Diego representative to our boat to inspect our holding tank
. We cleaned it with hot soapy water
several years ago and I am 100% certain it is still spotlessly clean inside. Our friend said that the Port will not respond in that manner but may choose to put a dye tablet in the holding tank
to verify it does not discharge overboard
We have several thru hulls we keep closed at all times. Did his reaping and poking efforts damage those valves?