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I was never using the "others do it so why can't I?" excuse. I do not think that discharging into a harbor or bay is the same as the open ocean or right along the coastline. Going offshore 3 miles for me is pretty easy...and I would be pretty far out as far as currents go. 15 gallons of waste into the Pacific Ocean which is billions upon billions upon billions or water...I mean, come on...there is this thing called dilution. Plus, its not like I'm dumping oil or something into the ocean, its natural human waste...
In my original question, I never said anything about discharging in the marina I'm at, I never anything about going near waikiki beach and unloading, I asked if it was feasible, if I was outside the 3-mile rule, to discharge into the ocean.
No matter how much you try and "teach guys like us"...I just can't compare fertilizer runoff or shoreline dumping of chemicals or human waste the same with discharging offshore a small holding tank whenever I'm out there.
But, I'm willing to learn. Show me that dumping 15 gallons over 3 miles offshore is a bad thing. Show me that human waste is comparable to nuclear waste and that it doesn't breakdown naturally. Explain to me, if I am sailing to the other side of the island or to another island all together, how if I discharge in transit it will kill all those baby seals.
Maybe this was a classic act of mis-communication...but Hawaii Marinas are the most under-funded and worst kept in the US. If the pumping station is actually working on a weekend I'm around and there isn't 20 boats in line for it, I already said I would use it. I was asking about negative effects of discharging the tanks into the OPEN ocean. Don't start comparing with fertilzer run off or the evil corporations dumping toxic waste into harbors and telling me I need to change the grass that is on my house. This is not the same. I imagine that discharging overboard was (and is) common practice on sailers doing open-water travels for centuries. I don't consider myself an idiot for asking this question, I don't consider myself an idiot for trying to find out the best solution. I do, however, consider others idiots for being so close-minded they can't comprehend the question I was asking...then proceed to compare it to coming next door to your house and taking a dump on your front door.