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I found this when considering a rail mount. I have seen it, but decided to go a different route. It is very sturdy and low profile, might be worth a look for you. I have no affiliation with the product or vendor.

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I have seen that, thanks!
The AL 6# tank is pricey ($200+), and only 6# of propane...so I went a different direction. The tank I got is fiberglass, and you can see how much propane you have left, and it won't corrode...and was $95. Their bracket is $100, I built this for about $35 all AL and SS. I have to be frugal... I'm not paying the yard the $1000 labor they quoted for putting propane in either!
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Well, the positive comment first: I think this setup is safer than ANY propane installation I have ever seen.

The negative: It screams "TRAILER PARK", also more than anything I have ever seen.
LOL. Yeah, a bit, but it's no glamour boat and I think I can shoulder the shame of it. And I must say, I'll take it when it comes with the title of "SAFEST" you've ever seen! Thanks Chris.
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It's definitely safer than this;
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It's definitely safer than this;
Think they'll shoot at my boat? Looks like we could have rocket power!
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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

In one of the past issues of Good Old Boat a tank locker was made out of a venier that had fiberglass sandwiched between the layers. It was mounted on the stern attachd to an outboard motor bracket & looked pretty nice.

With your installation, I don't think you need to worry about the tank relief blowing off & filling your boat w/ gas, you're open to the atmosphere. This is in all likelyhood a safer approach when compared to an intergral propane locker.

I'm planning on doing the the same thing because I like trailer parks

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Kind of like reactive explosive armour if someone hits you.

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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

With all the fresh air and moving air, any propane leak should dissipate. I only worry when it is in an enclosed space. Does anyone know what percentage propane/air ratio is needed for an explosion?
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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

If you stand it upright, rather that at the angle of the combing, the propane would be less likely to roll off the bottle and into the cockpit.
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With all the fresh air and moving air, any propane leak should dissipate. I only worry when it is in an enclosed space. Does anyone know what percentage propane/air ratio is needed for an explosion?
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Propane has a narrow range of flammability when compared with other petroleum products. In order to ignite, the propane-air mix must contain from 2.2 to 9.6 percent propane vapor. If the mixture contains less than 2.2 percent gas, it is too lean to burn. If it contains more than 9.6 percent, it is too rich to burn.


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Re: Is this SAFE? - Propane tank

there are many cruisers here in mexico who managed to sail here from many places including east coast who have their tanks mounted as do you. i dont see any problem with it. smooth sailing.


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