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I currently live on my boat in a modest marina (it was described to me as "barebones") on a quiet creek in the midst of a residential area. The creek is amazing. At night I sit in the cockpit watching the sunset with fish jumping for flies all around me. I've been here for about a week planning to stay on the boat forever because; well, I sold everything I own except for what I needed on the boat and 4 boxes and some hand tools that are in a 5x10 self storage unit a couple miles from the marina. What's my gripe?

There are five other liveaboards in the marina. One, like me, is quiet, contemplative, philosophical, ruggedly handsome, and eco-friendly. Two of the others are living here on-the-cheap on a nearly derelict boat, but they are friendly and keep to themselves. The other lives in the slip next to mine. Friendly enough. But, this is it the gripe, she discharges into the creek. Everything goes into the creek. I was speaking with her yesterday about the long walk to the restroom when she said just go on your boat. There are no pumpout facilities at this marina and her boat is a derelict that she told me was towed into the slip. She continued telling me she just doesn't "do it a lot".

I have sailed twice in the week or so I've been here my boat is no dock-queen. As I've said I am new to sailing, new to marina living, etc. Is this attitude normal? It was all the more disturbing when she told me this because there were many boat owners here over the holiday weekend on kayaks, paddle boards, etc. enjoying what appears and should be a pristine creek.

I really need to know if this is normal. If it is, then I don't like it.

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Call the USCG or the State environmental people. There laws to deal with this.
It is people like her that give all of us a bad name.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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I don't think you can generalize one persons actions and tag a whole group. She is doing a dastardly thing. Report her


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It is not normal and depending on where you are is probably illegal. Why doesn't the marina have a pump out? depending on what state you are in and the size of the marina they maybe required to have a pump out

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You've been there 'about a week'.

You should now tell the other people there what you approve of and disapprove of.
It's about time, right?

If they don't quickly get in line with your thinking, please post back and let us know.
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I don't think you can generalize one persons actions and tag a whole group. She is doing a dastardly thing. Report her
Chef, I agree it should not be. Unfortunately as a 23yr. liveaboard I have learned that we are all tarred by the dirtiest brush.

The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.
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You've been there 'about a week'.

You should now tell the other people there what you approve of and disapprove of.
It's about time, right?

If they don't quickly get in line with your thinking, please post back and let us know.
It's a dirty and foul practice and against the law. The OP most certainly has a right to complain.
How would you like someone shitting outside your window ?
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It's a dirty and foul practice and against the law. The OP most certainly has a right to complain.
How would you like someone shitting outside your window ?
It's clear he has it all figured out.
He's talked to the marina and has learned the laws?
No-brainer....

He's complained on the Internet.
Good as gold, take that to the bank.....

If you don't like 'something in life', just post about it....and we'll all work it out in lala land, and tell him what to do, right?
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I forgot to highlight that he had taken his boat 2 times this week.

He has an obvious advantage over those that did not do as he did.
Hes's better than they are.....

Other than the one liveaboard who is 'ruggedly handsome'.....
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Re: Liveaboard Rant

Though no one has told me how they handle their waste, it's probably more the norm than not. I believe most people in my area don't think it's a big deal to discharge #1, but they probably make the hike to the head for #2. I rarely see liveaboards move their boats or pay a mobile pump out, but I'm conflicted. Do you really want to report this person and have to live next to them? Perhaps you can ask the harbor office about how they are going to handle it? I also dive my boat, so I get it. It's an issue that I wrestle with, too.
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