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Old 11-04-2017, 08:50   #1
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USFW Regulations

I have a question that I have not been able to find an answer to over several days of searching here and on the web. I also called US Fish and Wildlife with no success.
To sail to several USFW sites that I have looked at they require that " vessels must have U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved holding tanks for sewage ". My boat did not have a traditional marine head when it was built (Shock Santana 22) so rather than fit it with holding tanks and a head I use a porta pottie set up.

So my question is this. To comply with this regulation do I need to install a traditional head, or is having a closed system that doesn't dump into the ocean sufficient?
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Re: USFW Regulations

Last boat I had was a center console fishing boat, that came from the factory with a Porta potty. The porta potty was connected to a pump out fitting though, but I do not think that was a requirement.
I know of no requirement to have a head on a boat, nor a holding tank? People with desiccating heads I doubt have a tank.
The requirement I believe is to not discharge.
I had it explained to me by a FWC officer that it was illegal to pee in a cup and pour it off the side of a boat, but you could jump in and pee.
That is silly of course, but goes to the don't discharge point I believe?
By having a porta potty, I believe you are complying with the intent of the regulation

Course I've been wrong before
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Re: USFW Regulations

Well I wondered if that wasn't the intent of the regulation. I found the information on the USFW site for travel to Palmyra. I thought that the holding tank requirement may just mean no direct discharge into the ocean.

It would be possible to fit a head with tanks to my boat (and I guess if that is what was required to make the trip I would do it) but because of space in a 22' I would prefer to keep the existing set up.
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Re: USFW Regulations

I copied from your post and searched on Google and voila https://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg5213/msd.asp
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Great Info---- Thank You so much. This appears to back up my belief that a porta-potti meets the requirements.
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