Originally Posted by tomharry
having just purchased a boat with a holding tank,i can now confirm it is permantly disconnected,after seeing paper and liquid run down the deck,after 3 uses and blocked lines it now goes direct to sea.there is enough other toxins going in the water now so whats a bit more biodegradable matter going to do?
I sympathize with your point, but you just can't have an open outlet in a closed harbor or anchorage. I do agree that the 3nm offshore rule is ridiculous. It has nothing to do with science, its' just the limit of the State's delegated right to regulate their waters.
That said, if you are caught without a closed and secured MSD (let alone disconnected) in a no-discharge area, I understand the fine can be a couple of grand. It is clearly on the checklist for an inspection boarding.