A Day of Firsts

23 May

(warning, this may be a bit indelicate…)

Woo, what a day! Not only did Bushranger turn the corner and start heading up the Atlantic side of the country, but she has achieved an additional ‘first’! Yep, this lucky girl got to be the first boat to use the newly installed pump-out system on the brand-new floating dock at Fort Pierce, Florida.

 pumpout1

For those ‘boating-innocents’ out there, have you ever wondered how you could have a toilet (or ‘head’ as the nautical-types insist on calling it) on a boat, but no real sewer pipes!?! Think about it – there you are, puttering along when you feel the need to be ‘liberated’ from last night’s meal. Off you go to ‘the onboard facilities’ to make your ‘deposit’. The question is, then, what happens to that ‘deposit’? Well, I’ll tell you – live-aboard boats have what we call a ‘holding tank’, that is designed to ‘hold’ that unmentionable stuff that is the product of bran muffins and beer (hopefully, not consumed at the same time). Then the ‘deposit’ happily sits in your holding tank until you find a facility that is willing to take it off your hands (so to speak).

Well, today, the Fort Pierce Marina had a brand-new gadget and plumbing to pump that stuff out! How cool is that! Bushranger’s ‘stuff’ was the first ‘stuff’ to go through those hoses!

 pumpout2

I’m feeling very special today…

12 Responses to “A Day of Firsts”

  1. Austin May 23, 2015 at 17:14 #

    I always just thought there was a hole in the bottom of the boat, and it all just went into the ocean… 🙂

    • MrsBushranger May 23, 2015 at 17:26 #

      No no no! That’s very uncivilized!

      • Austin May 23, 2015 at 17:34 #

        Isn’t that what the poop deck is on cruise ships? 🙂

      • MrsBushranger May 23, 2015 at 17:44 #

        Oh dear. … 😉

  2. Alex Ertz May 23, 2015 at 19:00 #

    TMI, heehee!

  3. Gregg May 23, 2015 at 22:27 #

    Ahh, the joys of yachting! I was just below on Summer Wind seeing if we need to stop for a withdrawal (pump out) tomorrow. 😎

    Safe Travels!

  4. jdepodwin May 24, 2015 at 22:51 #

    Now this is quite a blog entry. Lucky marina, lucky new holding tanks. 😉

  5. carolyn depodwin June 8, 2015 at 12:37 #

    CCongratulations on our llatest first Gladd to knowyoou ae heading northcdk,,g carolyn Carolyn at last xxx

    Sent from my iPad

    • MrsBushranger June 8, 2015 at 12:53 #

      Thanks Carolyn. I hope we get to see you when we get to New Jersey!

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