My Corsair 28 came with an Electra-Scan grinder pump device on the discharge hose for the head. The head is just a standard Jabsco manual type (or Groco, I will have to check when I'm down at the boat next). I was hoping to get your opinions regarding the need for such a device.
As I understand it, some areas of the country allow a type 1 marine sanitation device to discharge overboard. I sail in Southern California, and I must discharge to a holding tank for later pump out at an approved facility, or if more than 3 miles offshore, I can discharge directly overboard. From the mapping on the EPA site, Type 1 discharge might be allowed within the 3-mile zone, but not untreated direct discharge; unless it is a harbor, then no discharge is allowed.
The main question I want to ask the group is this: Has anyone without such a device experienced clogging problems with the hose to the holding tank, or with the fitting into the holding tank?
I see no need for the Electra-Scan device; it just adds weight, is one more drain on the batteries, and one more thing to go wrong on the boat, with potentially nasty consequences. I would like to remove it.
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