By Steve George, SV OasisII
Thanks for the great read I look forward
to each edition. It's July 1 and I am siting happy with my recent
conversion to holding tank by what I consider the most miserly
of methods and requiring a mere $50 of my hard earned cash to
satisfy the bureaucrats! (Editors note: We cannot guarantee officialdom
will go for this, but who knows?)
To start with I was lucky enough to already have a macerating
pump toilet. One of my spare 20 litre water containers that has
two filler caps and a plug for the plastic valve at the bottom
could easily do the job. By turning the tank on it's side and
mounting in a locker near the toilet, I was simply needing to
attach 38mm inlet and outlet hoses between anti-siphon U and
skin fitting valve, drill a small hole through the valve plug
for 8mm breather hose and run that to a breather and presto!
No more fuss. Just put a little port-a-pottie treatment in the
loo when you close the valve and wait till I'm out of the marina
before dropping the contents. When we are at sea I just leave
the valve open and it just drains straight through the tank when
flushing. By the time they ever get to install pump-outs all
over the coast, I may even put in a Y valve just below the tank
to enable discharge to the surface skin fitting. Will we ever
see the day?
So for all those complaining about the
rules and regs, and I hate it myself.
A small outlay and a bit of thought can easily overcome the worry.
1 X 20ltr water container $16.95
2 X mtr 38mm Black flexi-hose $13.90
2 X mtr 8mm clear breather hose $ 4.80
6 X 50mm SS hose clamps $11.70
Steve and Leanne George bought OASIS II, their Auckland 34 by
Hartley in Oct 2003 and have sailed around Mooloolaba for 6 months
before making the trip north to Airlie Beach where she will stay
till Oct before returning south.
Some readers may recognise the name from when she sailed in many
races around Western Port Vic between 1984 1997, and Steve would
love to hear from anyone who knows anything of those beginnings.
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