Originally Posted by boatman61
I really envy you your innocence... or is it Naiveity...
I prefer you call it civility. There is a big difference between pee in the water (pee is 95% water) and to poo on the water. I was talking about poo.
I don't say I did not ever make it at anchor
but then there were a lot less sailboats and we did it or very early on the morning or at night when nobody was in the water and I must say I was always unhappy about the situation that never did looked right to me.
But on the last 13 years on any of my boats nobody made poo on the water on sheltered anchorages
. We used every time the black water tank that was emptied away from the shore.
I can tell you also that I hate to be on crowded anchorages because I know that some just don't care and poo on the water. We use to look very carefully to the clear waters before having bath...and some times we just don't have a bath due to very suspect wastes on the surface. I just hate it and I will support any law that brings an end of what it is clearly uncivil to me.
The problem with laws to prevent something that is disgusting to most boaters and to the beach users is that they tend to be abusive and what could be simply solved
with emptying the black water tanks away from shore is now by force of law much more complicated with countries like Spain
demanding the black water tanks to be emptied out of territorial waters, many miles away (12nm).
I am not in favor of all cruising sailingboats to have a blackwater tank but I am in favor of a ban from anchorages of all without one and in favor of a control on that. Also in favor of heavy fines to the ones that use anchorages having blackwater tanks but not using them (not very dificult to verify that). Some have them but don't use them because they can be a bit smelly sometimes.