View Poll Results: Here's what I have done with sewage and my current practice
I never dump any sewage illegally, regardless of the inconvenience. 55 67.07%
I have dumped fully treated sewage in an restricted zone. 4 4.88%
I have dumped sewage that wasn't fully treated illegally. 19 23.17%
I dump my sewage pretty much anywhere when no one is looking. 4 4.88%
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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My practices when it comes to sewage

There's been a lot of discussion of policies and laws and dumping by cities and everything else, but this isn't asking for opinions, just asking what you actually do. All anonymous.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:52 PM   #2
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My marina has a pumpout at the fuel dock and mobile service, both that I use when around. We use available pumpout stations when needed and haven't had any issues finding them in WA. If in Canada, pump holding tank overboard.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:54 PM   #3
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I cannot even do it in fact, I need to be pumped out, no other way to empty the black water tank as it is forbidden here it is not even allowed to have a connected discharge thru-hull.
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Never discharged overboard since we've been boating (about 40 years). Always pump out.
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Old 03-27-2017, 01:59 PM   #5
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I think that your poll needs a few more options to fully capture the situation. We never pump sewage overboard in bays and inlets like Narragansett or the Ct River. But I do pump overboard in the middle of LI Sound. A related poll might be: Do you have a functioning pump out nearby?

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Old 03-27-2017, 02:11 PM   #6
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I think that your poll needs a few more options to fully capture the situation. We never pump sewage overboard in bays and inlets like Narragansett or the Ct River. But I do pump overboard in the middle of LI Sound. A related poll might be: Do you have a functioning pump out nearby?

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Was what you dumped in LI sound treated or not? If not then you fit the 3rd choice. Yes, the pump out question might be another poll. But this one isn't seeking reasons, just actions.
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I pump out pretty much every day in SE Alaska, but I do it in the most open water available and when underway. Never in anchorages or harbors. Technically this is illegal, practically it is the only option since municipalities with (working) pumpout facilities are few and far between.
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Always use a pump out facility. Wouldn't even consider pumping O/B.
The Great Lakes is one big NDZ.
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We always pump out never overboard. We have a pump out at our marina but it has been winterized until this past Saturday. We needed to pump out in the worst way. I knew we were getting close to full but didn't know it was this bad. I used the head sometime during the night on Friday and Saturday morning we were within 2" from the toilet rim. I eased the boat over to the pump out only to find out they were still winterized . They were planning on getting it ready this week . I told them I would help out getting it ready if they would . Luckily they didn't mind and we were pumped out within the hour . Saved our weekend .
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I would think unless someone cruises offshore a lot or has a type 1 MSD, the answers will come back as pumpout heavy...

Unless a bunch want to declare they are breaking the law.....
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Now we always pump out, unless in areas of BC where there are no pumpout facilities, then we discharge overboard legally.

A few decades ago (longer?) when overboard discharge was banned in the Puget Sound yet before there were pumpout facilities, we sometimes had to discharge overboard. There simply wasn't an option within a couple hours run of where we boat. Never do that now however.
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We have a treatment system on board, and a holding tank.

I never use pump outs. Thats why we have a treatment system.

But... there are no EPA restricted waters in Alaska for pleasure boats
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Old 03-27-2017, 03:42 PM   #14
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This poll is a bit like a poll asking people how often they beat their wives (or husbands). Somehow, I have the feeling that it's not going to be very accurate.
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I would think unless someone cruises offshore a lot or has a type 1 MSD, the answers will come back as pumpout heavy...

Unless a bunch want to declare they are breaking the law.....
So far it's 50/50 it appears.
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I use Incinolet toilets. No mess, no fuss, no macerator pump failures, no plugged sewage lines. My current boat had 3 marine heads. I was looking at MSDs, but about that time the early news of ND zones in Puget Sound was being talked about. Since the fed and state EPAs only get worse, I assumed MSDs would be illegal and didn't want a tank full of crap aboard anyway, or finding a pump out where I could fit, etc.
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I use Incinolet toilets. No mess, no fuss, no macerator pump failures, no plugged sewage lines. My current boat had 3 marine heads. I was looking at MSDs, but about that time the early news of ND zones in Puget Sound was being talked about. Since the fed and state EPAs only get worse, I assumed MSDs would be illegal and didn't want a tank full of crap aboard anyway, or finding a pump out where I could fit, etc.
Please share more of your Incinolet experience to this point. I had never heard of them, but they certainly look interesting.
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Please share more of your Incinolet experience to this point. I had never heard of them, but they certainly look interesting.


I remember using one some time ago and the smell would make me give up boating
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We always pump out never overboard. We have a pump out at our marina but it has been winterized until this past Saturday. We needed to pump out in the worst way. I knew we were getting close to full but didn't know it was this bad. I used the head sometime during the night on Friday and Saturday morning we were within 2" from the toilet rim. I eased the boat over to the pump out only to find out they were still winterized . They were planning on getting it ready this week . I told them I would help out getting it ready if they would . Luckily they didn't mind and we were pumped out within the hour . Saved our weekend .
Thanks for that! Now I know too much 😎!
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When we first bought our boat the previous owner told me that he kept the boat set up with one head as a "pee toilet" that went directly overboard ... and the 2nd head went to the holding tank. He also told me that although no one talked about it, a lot of the other people in the marina did the same. I've always been curious if that was a common practice anywhere else.
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