845Hrs – Summertime?
I will probably live to regret it but I think maybe, just maybe, the weather is on the turn. Temperatures were into double figures today and with the clock change I was able to enjoy a couple of daylight hours working on the boat after work this evening. On the down side I seem to have trapped a nerve or something in my neck and have a pain all down the right side of my neck and into my shoulder. It made any manual labour a bit difficult tonight but nonetheless I cracked on and tidied up all the glueing work I did yesterday, removing screws, planing and sanding edges flush, surforming off stray epoxy etc. I followed up with a good vacuum and clean up. As I said yesterday its amazing how much these big panels have stiffened the hull, its really solid now.
I have been having some second thoughts about the toilet, partly prompted by my brother who sails on the Great Lakes. He pointed out that there and in other places like the Bahamas it is compulsory to have a holding tank fitted, a porta potti is not acceptable. I did a bit of research and found that Spain has recently introduced similar legislation and it seems likely that other countries will follow. Even ‘grey’ water waste is forbidden in some areas. This poses me a problem. Should I plan for the possibility of more legislation and fit tanks now whilst it is relatively easy, or take a risk of having a bigger problem later? I will hold off glueing the aft locker deck on the port hull until I make a decision and in the meantime do some more research into requirements and costs. If anyone out there has any useful information I’d love to hear from you.