|The Scene of the Disappearance|
on board and each one has its own set of problems. (wouldn’t you know it?) Up front is a manual Jabsco. Pretty straight forward – flushes with sea water either overboard or to a holding tank. The holding tank can be emptied by a pumpout system at a marina or pumped overboard via a macerator (think blender). Our holding tank is a Nauta bladder-probably an after- thought to comply with marine regulations where pumping overboard is not allowed. It is small (theoretically 15 gallons) except it is mounted vertically rather than horizontally – a nod to not having much space – and therefore probably has only a 10 -12 gallon capacity. That means basically it needs to be pumped out every 3-4 days if used full time. It seems to have a small leak! (ugh) While tightening a fitting in hopes of fixing it, Jim was leaning over and his glasses case, with his prescription glasses inside, slipped out of his pocket and disappeared into the depths of the compartment and presumably from there into the vast bilge system. Not good!