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I have a 1972 Euro Build boat with the Valiant instant hot water heater. I just had it checked out by a propane professional and used it for the first time last night. Absolutely love it with one night use and confirms i will use one with my next tank replacement at home.

yes propane explodes, it will if it is firing a stove or a room heater. Fumes can kill, so will kerosene or diesel or gas fumes, if not vented properly. Do the installation right, don't take short cuts.

see my thread about powder coating for more comments from me, with my 1 hour experience.

I would rather warm water on the propane stove, store it in a thermos for later use than use one of those counter top instant water heaters, unless I had unlimited electricity aboard.
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Camp shower usage

Originally Posted by hullcurves View Post
We sail a Caliber 28 and have a propane-fired camp shower that we use for hot showers on cold sailing days, and hot water for dishwashing. We hang the unit from the boom, keeping all combustion outside. Using the small 1 lb. propane cylinders, it has a 4 "D" battery pack for the pump. One hose end goes in a bucket of water and the other end is a plastic shower nozzle. It raises the water temp 30-40 degrees, so any 60-70 degree water becomes a 100-110 degree hot shower. If you have very cold water (like Lake Michigan), you put the shower nozzle back into the bucket for awhile, raising the water temp, like RECIRC in a car. Sometimes hard to light on a windy day, I drilled the matchstick hole a little larger for a barbecue lighter.

While Dad likes to shower in the cockpit, for teenagers we put a little extension on the shower hose, leading it around to the porthole in the head. About $80-130 at Cabela's. The whole thing stows in a 3 gal. cat litter bucket. (We store the propane cylinders in a 4" PVC tube strapped to the stern rail, hence venting overboard.)

Look for my article on Spotlights for Sailboats in the March 2009 Good Old Boat
I got one from Zodi and use as required shower/dishes. Stows under my sink in it's own bag and is portable. Good tip on the "recycle" to further heat the water!!!
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I don't think there's much wrong with propane but you need to keep a steady maintenance.
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