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Safety aboard starts with good systems

This link goes to a photo and video of a boat afire on the water near my home port. It looks like the trigger for the fire was a faulty pilot light on a propane stove on board.

Small boat engulfed in flames off Port Townsend | KOMO News - Breaking News, Sports, Traffic and Weather - Seattle, Washington | Local & Regional

I have to ask, are there really pilot lights on boats?! Really?? A boat seems to me the last place on earth you would want to have a constant flame. I have a LPG system on my boat that I live aboard but I need to use a solenoid cut off valve to make it go and then I have to light it by hand. What other saftey systems do you guys think are the ones that cause the most damage to boats? What are the latest technologies to make us safer? I want to know what I should be doing now and in the future so I don't become a statistic like this poor guy.
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