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Propane canister from Hell
Recently, I was anchored at Great sale Cay in the Bahamas. We put a new 1 lb propane canister on the magma and heated up some food and then removed the canister. The canister would not shut off but kept leaking propane. Crap, what to do now? Not gonna keep it aboard. After considering all options and feeling very guilty, I heaved it as far from us as I could. Problem solved........or so I thought. A bit later, Thump, Thump, WTF? I look down, the tide has changed and it has returned bumping the side of my boat. JEEZUS!
Considered moving it to the other side of the boat so the tide would carry it away but realized the returning tide would prob bring it back. What to do?
Finally, put the dinghy in the water with the canister in it and trailed the dinghy astern...........................You guessed right, about an hour or so later, BUMP, BUMP, the dinghy is bumping the side of our boat.
By this time, it is well after dark and no moon at all. I consider rowing the damned thing ashore and putting it there but it is a long row in the dark.
So, I tied a 200' line to the dinghy so I can get back to the boat in the dark if anything goes wrong and I row the 200' and then heave the canister as far as I can.
We went to bed that night but I never did sleep but kept waiting to hear "bump, bump..."