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o, we tied to the gas dock pumped our holding tank out with a gusher bucket by bucket full and carried it in driving sleet 1/4 mile to the porta pot discharge toilet.How about that for dedication guys!!!
I admire that dedication. Two boats ago, we removed the marine head and installed a portapotty with a holding tank with around five gallon capacity. In B.C. Canada, I'd walk that thing up to the public restroom and carefully dump it down the toilet. I'm pretty sure it went down a long pipe back into the bay. But I slept good at night.
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35 years of cruising each and all of the Great Lakes and no one on the Canadian side has ever asked to see my waste system .... never even been boarded in Canadian waters. We don't have much enforcement of anything on the water up here.
I have been boarded and inspected in Minnesota, Illiinois, Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia, North Carlona, Sout Carolina, Georgia and too damn frequently in Florida
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I haven't been boarded, but I've been "pulled over" twice around Toronto Harbour in my Zodiac. They seemed disappointed when I whipped out a bailer, a heaving line, some flares, a GPS, a VHF, the proper PFD, my 1999 PCOC card, a Harbour Licence...

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All you need is a diverter valve that is clearly marked to indicate the holding tank routing and the overboard routing. Locking your valve in the holding tank position constitutes "visibly disconnecting" the means of overboard discharge.

When the diverter valve is set to the holding tank position, the head is no longer connected to the overboard discharge - hence it is "disconnected". You can see that is it disconnected because the labels on the y valve indicate the direction of flow - so you have indeed "visibly disconnected" the overboard discharge.

So don't panic - there is no reason to start ripping out your thru-hulls in order to go cruising Georgian Bay.
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Has anyone yet mentioned that the city of Victoria - the CAPITOL of British Columbia, dumps its seware RAW, into Juan de Fuca Strait?
So, if you pump your boat out in Victoria, it will probably go into the municipal sewage system but come straight back as raw sewage into the ocean.
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Here is a quote from:

Facts Victoria Sewage Alliance

"Victoria pumps 130 million litres of raw sewage daily into waters just off Victoria’s harbour. It is pumped into our pristine ocean through two one-meter wide pipes 60 and 65 meters under the surface by twin 1000 horsepower motors.
Don't currents in the Strait dilute the sewage rapidly?

Contrary to what we’ve been told, the currents near the outfalls do not carry the sewage out into the Pacific; the net current at the outfall depths is east into Georgia Strait. Further, because currents change direction with the ebb and flow of the tide, a lot of the sewage either stays nearby or flows back into Georgia Strait. Also, dilution does not get rid of what’s in sewage (organics, pathogens like hepatitis, heavy metals or chemicals) and therefore it doesn’t prevent the long-term damage to the environment, or the waste of the energy and mineral resources carried by sewage".
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I agree with Sailormann. As a precaution I also take the handle of the discharge valve and throw in the bottom of my tool kit.
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