The three holes on the boat deck and what to do (and not do) with them

Most sail boats, such as Elizabeth Jean, have at least three holes on the boat deck.  They are usually clearly labeled: diesel, water, and waste.  Notwithstanding these labels it is fairly easy to misuse them.  Since we departed Seattle, in fact, we are aware of the following mishaps: putting water in the waste tank, putting water in the diesel tank and putting diesel in the waste tank.   The first of these mistakes will flush your holding tank into what ever water body you are in.  Not a great idea.  The second will mess up your diesel and your engine if you don’t empty the tank in a safe disposal tank and start again.  Be careful not to wipe out the tank with something that leaves fibers as this can also be bad for the engine.  Regarding the third mistake–it may be stating the obvious, but human waste and diesel are not a good combination.  Having witnessed the consequences of these three misuses of the three boat holes we try to read our tank caps very carefully, especially when tired or in a distracting situation.

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  1. John Keegan

    Am trying to find a former Seattle land use attorney who is reported to be going by the name of Hell No More. He may be with a woman who he claims is his wife. He responds also to the name Lupa. That’s his native language. Tell Lupa we have another appeal from Peter Lupa and need his help, because they speak the same language. Happy sailint!!! Tell him he should have done this when he was still a kid!

    John Keegan

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