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Question LNG fillings stations in floridas West Coast

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I bought a Sabre 38 1983 Sailboat two years GO, moored NOW in Sarasota, equipped with a LNG oven and the tank is to be refilled soon. Can not find where to take the tank to refill it with LNG (or CNG). Anyone knows where to go for a refill and certainly for an tank inspection ???
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Re: LNG fillings stations in floridas West Coast

Probably your best bet is to convert to propane.
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Yea..I guess conerting to propane will be the best solution. Thank you for your opinion.
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Re: LNG fillings stations in floridas West Coast

I'm a bit surprised that this thread hasn't been moved to another forum. This is strictly for questions about the website itself.

To the question. I would prefer CNG over propane, if not for the difficulty to refill in the US. But it isn't impossible. CNG, being lighter than air, is more likely to exit the boat in the event of a leak. Propane, being heavier than air, will fill your bilge and potentially be ignitable. I say potentially, because propane must be in a narrow mix of oxygen and propane to ignite. Too much or too little oxygen and it will not light. Still, its more dangerous than CNG.

For a weekend warrior, I would keep it, if I could find somewhere within a reasonable distance to refill. While we have propane, we live aboard for nearly 100 days per year and barely go through 20 lbs of propane in a year. Not a big chore to refill. We don't use it every day, of course. Ironically, I also have to drive about 25 mins to refill my propane, because nearly all places have now gone to the tank swap process. I want to keep my new tanks.

Here is a website I found to look up CNG refill stations near you. Looks like there is one in Tampa.

CNG or Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Stations Locations - Locate CNG or Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Stations Near You with Mapmuse's CNG or Compressed Natural Gas Fuel Stations Locator
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Re: LNG fillings stations in floridas West Coast

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Hi Skippers!

I bought a Sabre 38 1983 Sailboat two years GO, moored NOW in Sarasota, equipped with a LNG oven and the tank is to be refilled soon. Can not find where to take the tank to refill it with LNG (or CNG). Anyone knows where to go for a refill and certainly for an tank inspection ???
When we first arrived in the Sarasota area, in '92, with our (then) '76 Cal 2-29 from California, we were fitted for CNG which I preferred for it's safety. Unfortunately, however, obtaining refills was very problematic, even then, and a near impossibility if we happened to run out while on a cruise (one had to watch the pressure gage very carefully which was--literally-a pain in the neck). On our current yacht we are fitted with Propane and while not a "safe-gas", with care, and fitted with sniffers, it is quite suitable for our needs. And, of course, far easier to refuel.

Fortunately, changing a CNG stove to Propane only requires changing the gas jets to ones with smaller orifices (as propane has more heat energy than CNG per unit volume). Somewhat more problematic is installing an air-tight gas cylinder compartment that drains overboard and installing a solenoid valve/sniffer system. While one can do that for oneself, it is wiser to employ a knowledgeable professional experienced in gas systems for ones safety and peace of mind. Fortunately, the change-over will not be that costly and will certainly pay for itself in reasonably short order.

On the other hand, if you really want to stay with CNG, you might consider adding a mounting station for a Sea Swing stove powered with disposable Camping Gas cylinders as an emergency stand-by (so you can make coffee and heat cans of Dinty Moore while you figure out where the nearest CNG station is!).

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