Eco choices come naturally for live aboard couple
Ron Mossman and his wife Tracye are living aboard their yacht Wayward Wind on Y Pier at Westhaven Marina, preparing for the time when they will set sail for the Pacific Islands.
As a customer services rep at the Burnsco Westhaven store, Ron has become a bit of a ‘go to’ person for help with blackwater and grey water disposal in the marina. He knows the way of life for a cruiser, he’s got up to the minute knowledge of the latest products available, and has put a lot of thought into how they can best work at Westhaven Marina.
“We were always environmentally aware but Westhaven’s proactive stance and Blue Flag and Clean Marina status makes us even more conscious,”’ says Ron of some of the choices that he and Tracye make aboard his boat which include purchasing biodegradable shampoos and soaps.
When the Y Pier extension was built at Westhaven Marina, sewage removal facilities were incorporated into many of the berths, and on loading docks, to enable customers to easily empty their black water tanks. The suction system requires an air intake valve be built into the plumbing, and also a specific deck fitting, and Ron has set this up at Burnsco so that customers can see what they need and how it works, whether they are having it installed by a plumber or doing it themselves.
“I do it myself so that I know how to repair the system if needed when we go offshore,” says Ron.
Ron believes that most liveaboards are very conscious of the privilege of living in the marina and are very responsible with their sewage. “We want to live aboard at Westhaven, it’s clean, tidy, well organised, staff are helpful and security is good. So we go out of our way to abide by the rules and respect the environment.”