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Minke posted 04-30-2002 08:42 PM ET (US)   Profile for Minke   Send Email to Minke  
Although the marine head in my "68 Menemsha is the "classic" original, it's not legal in these days of no discharge zones.
Should I simply remove the hoses and plug the thru hulls with transom plugs?
Should I consider removing the head entirely? Whaler says that the battery placement under the portside stern seat "offsets the weight of the head" so would removing the head require placing the battery elsewhere?
Dick posted 04-30-2002 11:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The way I understand the law is that it is not illegal to have the head installed, it is only illegal to use it and have it operational.
To keep the boat in it's original condition I would disconnect the hoses from the head and securely plug them. If you can't pump water through it it isn't operational.
EddieS posted 05-01-2002 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for EddieS  Send Email to EddieS     
I believe that Dick is correct. I was boarded by the Coast Guard in my 32' Luhrs which originally had the same set up. We had just disconnected the discharge line and installed a holding tank, we did have to explain things to the coast guard and show them that the old discharge was disconnected.

I am not sure what I would do in your shoes. But I would be tempted to remove the old head if you are not going to be using it. I always seem to have a shortage of good storage space on my boats.


Minke posted 05-01-2002 09:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Minke  Send Email to Minke     
Dick and Ed,

Thanks for your replies and advice. I think I will remove the head and gain the storage space. Do you think that the compression type transom/bait well plugs will be ok to stopper the thru hulls or should I use something more permanent? Boat will be on a mooring for the season.

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