Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Pasadena Md - Magothy side
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Re: Pumpout Costs
Here in Maryland it's a regulated 5 bucks, if they sell fuel, the gotta do the nasty too.
Let's do some math - you pull in, you get the pump out. The kid on the dock works your boat for 15 minutes (at Magothy Marina, they ALWAYS flush you until you run clear water, no waste).
Maximum efficiency, 4 boats a hour, 20 bucks.
The marina pays the kid maybe 10 bucks, probably less. The actual cost of the employee is closer to 17 a hour even at that rate - and maximum efficiency is something only dreamed of by efficiency experts.
The gear (which is supplied via a grant or at least cost sharing) costs money. Running it cost money. It's got to be maintained (not provided for in the grant). That waste goes out your sewage line which charges by the gallon.
It's not exactly a money maker. Logic doesn't dictate a reasonable price, the market does.
It's a sail boat, sail it out past the 3 mile once a week and do the dump. Then calculate the price of doing that (diesel, wear and tear, time) and pay the man at the pump.
Or line up the family at 8am and 8pm for the dinghy ride to the head on shore.
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