--- In email@example.com, "William" <kingw@...> wrote:
> Pardon the rambling answer. I've included information for people who might be considering the North Channel. The short answer is:
> "SaniPottie 965 MSD Portable Toilet" bolted to the starboard side of Pug. I chose this model because it can be permanently installed and it has fittings for a pumpout hose and a vent.
> As much as I loved my blue, 1972 F100 with its armstrong steering and "anti-lock" drum brakes, the move to Texas prompted me to buy something newer. I had failed to notice that new trucks come with power steering, disc brakes, AC, and other dreamlike amenities. In all seriousness, I enjoy the three day drive from Texas to Michigan but I enjoy the sailing even more.
> Ontario requires a fixed head with a deck pump out for boats equipped with a head. My read of the law is that it does not apply to small boats that are not equipped with a head, but you cannot have a porta-potti or removable head on Ontario waters. I imagine someone could skirt the intent of the law and claim that they don't have a head on their boat. This might work for folks with smaller boats like a canoe, or those who camp ashore each night (see below). But I cannot reasonably claim that I don't have a head aboard because I spend days sailing and at anchor and it is obvious I cannot hold it for that long. Plus, the waters in the North Channel are clear and clean. Whether it's illegal or not, I think it's immoral to pollute those waters. So I removed the bunk flats on the starboard side of Pug and bolted-in a "SaniPottie 965 MSD Portable Toilet" and installed a pump-out fitting on the deck.
> In the past two years I have never been physically inspected by Canadian customs, immigration, or wildlife protection. I clear into Canada via the customs phone in Meldrum Bay, Manitoulin. I walk ashore, lift the telephone, provide my name and boat registration number, and I am given a number to display on Pug. Painless. I have read that they MAY inspect your boat, but I have never been inspected. I have also heard of people being spot-checked aboard their boats by Canadian authorities while at anchor, but again, that has never happened to me. It seems that Canadian authorities are most concerned with American boats that do not check-in, or with boats smuggling alcohol, firearms, or cigarettes. The American authorities are more concerned with people smuggling. When I return to the US I must present in person, and Pug is at least visually inspected by an ICE officer.
> In 2010, Tom toured the North Channel in an open, Bolger Pirate racer. Much respect for him.
> I also saw a Bolger Shearwater ("True North" from Illinois) at Eagle Island in the North Channel. Lovely boat.
> Bill, in Texas
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "RSS" <otter55806@> wrote:
> > Bill,
> > Great set of photos! They not only show your adventure in the North Channel; but your life changes as well. New truck, from Ohio to Texas, then the long haul back up to the Canadian border!!
> > Flying the Canadian flag is what is prompting my question. Years ago I had read that Canada was not allowing boats that had only a porta-potti toilet because they were afraid you would just dump it overboard. You had to have a permanently mounted toilet with a deck pumpout. What kind of toilet do you have aboard and did Canadian Customs actually check it?
> > Bob
> > --- In email@example.com, "William" <kingw@> wrote:
> > >
> > > The list is quiet, so that's the perfect time to post a few snaps of Pugnacious. I have posted two new pics of Pug in the North Channel of Lake Huron from our adventures sailing during July of 2011. Out of curiosity I also anchored (one day) without the mizzen. She poked and nosed around at anchor like most modern, plastic sloops, which is to say it was annoying. I won't try that again.
> > > http://www.flickr.com/photos/23898186@N02/6328538313/in/photostream/
> > > Bill, Long Micro Pugnacious, in Texas
> > >
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