battery safety and mast raising help?
A couple questions popped up after this weekendís boat work came up which I was hoping someone could provide some help with.
Iím really concerned with the first question. The boat is a 1976 Mirage 24 which is basically a C&C 25 minus a foot. It has one house battery, which is stored under the port side lazerette. To keep the cabin warm this weekend, I wanted to use one of those Lil Buddy propane heaters. With the hatch cracked open itís safe in terms of carbon monoxide but my concern is what about fumes from the battery?
Is it unsafe to run a propane heater with a battery in the same cabin? Iím thinking it should be okay, people cook in galleys on weekend cruisers that have several batteries inside the cabin but Iíd like to see what those with more knowledge have to say.
The second question is I need to raise the 28 foot aluminum mast next weekend. Has anyone seen a plan on the web for building some sort of A-frame tabernacle for mast raising? I understand the concept but I canít figure out how to position and rig the brace so "V" part slides smoothly down the mast as the mast is pulled upright (if that makes sense - the crotch where the mast sits). But Iím assuming first the foot of the mast is secured, the top of the mast hanging out over the bow pulpit, and then hauled upright from the rear and maybe thatís wrong. Any help would be appreciated!
Boat still to be renamedÖ