Carbon Monoxide on Board - SailNet Community
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 01-09-2002 Thread Starter
Contributing Authors
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 536
Thanks: 0
Thanked 9 Times in 7 Posts
Rep Power: 16
 
Carbon Monoxide on Board

I have a diesel engine and an Espar diesel forced air heater. Is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning down below the same as with a gas heater? And is having a CO monitor necessary with these on board?

Sue & Larry respond:
Carbon monoxide is produced as a by-product of almost any fuel combustion. On a sailboat, this can result from your cooking stove if it's not well ventilated, or even your engine should there be a leak in the exhaust system. The most common culprit for sailors is onboard heaters. If exposed to too much CO, you can experience dizziness, sleepiness, and nausea. But keep in mind that this can lead to serious problems and can be deadly.

Like your diesel engine, the Espar heater on your boat vents all the exhaust overboard, probably through a fitting located at the transom. This greatly minimizes the chances of any CO poisoning, but doesnít eliminate it altogether. Fittings can leak, hoses can puncture, etc. Itís also possible to find yourself in a situation where the exhaust from your cabin heater or your engine could blow back into the boat. We know of one instance where this occurred, so it pays to be vigilant. To that end, it only makes sense to invest in a CO detector, particularly since they are now priced as low as $50.00. Good luck to you with your Espar.

Sue & Larry is offline  
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome