It's an interesting point & the dancing pinpoints of luminous starlights that follow a late night perambulation of the decks could be the highlight of an evening.
Urine is sterile as it leaves the body & contains many nutrients useful to many forms of sea life - most of which have evolved specifially to filter such nutrients from the sea.
At sea (especially with strong tides) there is little pollution from a handful of people on a boat, it is marinas & inland waters where the pollution can accumulate & tanks are necessary. Once the effluent & treatment chemicals are collected together in a tank, the need for expensive collection, treatment & disposal becomes paramount.
BTW I am not at all against change per se, it's just change for the sake of fashion or bling that puzzles me.
Which do you reckon is worse: hanging out in anchorages avec u/w lights or sans black tank?
Last edited by jfm; 30-01-12 at 21:33.
Urinating in anchorages? Shocking!
Next thing will be people thinking it's fine and dandy to take a slash in the sea when swimming from the beach.
Then we'll all have to get very offended and stay out of the water.
LOL, so far I've never been offended up to that point.
But I still prefer to swim in clean and turquoise waters, rather than brownish and stinking.
It's a matter of concentration, you know. After all, also fishes don't use black tanks.
But swimming inside clouds of sh!t and toilet paper is not my idea of fun.
And no matter how useless anyone can think u/w lights are, attaching the word "pollution" to them is plain ridiculous, when compared to what you can see sometimes after a whole day at anchor in crowded and sheltered anchorages, with no currrent or tide.
In a few cases, I moved elsewhere for that reason alone, particularly when I cruised the Croatian waters, which in peak season are really crowded - and mostly by sailboats, I must say.
Not willing to pick a raggies/stinkies fight, far from that. Just reporting a fact.
Last edited by MapisM; 31-01-12 at 00:44.
Q: What is worse
a. underwater lights?
b, swimming in sh*t?
c, non of the above.
d, I just mind my own business and lets those who enjoy get on with it.
answers on a post card and send to the common sense department IPC media etc etc.
I'll vote d even before the poll starts, with a double entendre on "business" :-)
Cue the late, great Ian Dury:
"I took a sudden notion
To go down to the ocean
I'd got my sun-tan lotion
My flippers and my mask
Of fully-formed ablutions
Formed an ocean of pollution
In which I daredn't bask
Some turds were teeny-tiny
And some were big and shiny
But they all ****ed up the briney
In which I dipped my toe
I'm amazed that people crowd together in tideless waters to defecate. It must be a Mediterranean/ Carribean thing. But fortunately I do not sail in such fetid waters.
I enjoy 30' tides twice daily & while some of the fine silt estuaries do have muddy waters, most of the coarse sand & rocky areas that I mainly frequent have pristine crystal clear waters famous for their commercial Mussel & Cockle beds. Funny that such filter feeders don't seem to spread death & disease wherever they are sold if our waters are as filthy as you appear to think.
You may sail in dirty water, but I don't seem to.
Funny old world innit?