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05-06-2008 08:26 AM
SSBN506 Thanks for all the help guys. I have learned allot mostly how to properly store propane. I think I will pick one up now that i have an idea how to safely use one. I love the suggestion of storing the propane in a vented bag over the transom.

Thaks
05-05-2008 08:46 PM
Allan C&C Less We own the Coleman portable hot water unit you mentioned. We are very pleased with it. Works well once you get use to how to control the settings. We converted ours to attached to 20lb propane tank. much better than using those small cans! We use in our sauna as will as on our boat. On board we keep it below and take it above when we want to use it. Attach to the 20lb. propane tank which we usually have out BBQ attached to and away you go! We put the intact (pump unit) in a plastic storage box you can get at walmart. Just remember they say not to use untreated water! So no lake water or salt water unless it has been filtered first.We stock up on water at various marinas we visit. It is amazing how little water you use with this unit.
You can also use it to do dishes! Good excuse for me not to dive into Lake Huron when the waters cold...brrrrrrr!
We can use it all summer 9 2 months without charging the battery.

Good luck, Allan
05-05-2008 08:09 PM
wannam I have one of the Coleman camp showers. We use it in the cockpit. Works great. It uses a collapsible 5 gallon water bottle and a small rechargeable electric pump. Can even produce hot water sufficient for making instant coffee. It does, however, take up a lot of space in the cockpit locker when stowed.
05-05-2008 04:36 PM
JiffyLube
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Originally Posted by artbyjody View Post
You might want to consider one of those solar bags. I forget the name brand of it - but basically its a black bag that you fill up and lash to your deck somewhere. After a few hours of sun the water gets fairly toasty. Won't help with a morning shower obviously but its an alternative to dealing with propane. I have one and it works as advertised.
I've used those too when I used to camp and ride my 'thumper' in the desert. I would but two of them (makes 10 gal.) on the hood of my truck while out riding, then hang them from a stake in the back of my truck during a shower. The water never got real hot, but was much better than nothing in getting the day's dust off me.
05-05-2008 04:23 PM
sailingdog Another way to get a fairly effective, if inexpensive, shower with warm water, is to use a garden sprayer container, preferably a black one, and leave it in the sun... Gives a bit more positive spray action than a solar shower, which is only gravity fed.
05-05-2008 03:56 PM
artbyjody You might want to consider one of those solar bags. I forget the name brand of it - but basically its a black bag that you fill up and lash to your deck somewhere. After a few hours of sun the water gets fairly toasty. Won't help with a morning shower obviously but its an alternative to dealing with propane. I have one and it works as advertised.
05-05-2008 03:45 PM
TrueBlue The small propane cylinders can be removed from the H2o heater and gas grill when finished using. But it is illegal in most areas to store them anywhere in the cabins. You also should not store them in cockpit lockers if not equipped with the correct bottom vent.

Even when detached from an appliance, they can still leak propane, as hellosailor mentioned in the above post. Some boaters store their unattached cylinders in a specially designed nylon bag with a bottom mesh fabric, hung from the stern railing.
05-05-2008 03:18 PM
SSBN506 Thanks for the advice. The manual says don't use in in enclosed spaces and i of course wouldn't. I assume if it leaked while in use in the cockpit the propane would go out the cockpit drains.

What i am wondering about now also pertains to my bbq that i have yet to use. BTW i just purchased the boat and have yet to use it for a summer.

My outside BBq uses the propane cylinders as would this hot watter heater. Now when you connect on to ether the bbq or hot water heater can you then remove it when finished? Why i ask is i don't have any storage in the cockpit protected from the elements. The previous owner has two of the small green cylinder inside the boat. Would this be safe or should i find a way to store them outside?

In a perfect world i would have the device inside the boat and when i want to use it plug in the propane with it outside use it then remove the propane and bring it back in for storage.

I assume leaking is most likely to happen when the propane is connected to the device. I would assume removing the propane (if that is even possible) would be the safest way to store it. If those canisters cant be removed and i cant store it some ware other then the cabin it would be a bad ide for me?
05-05-2008 02:35 PM
hellosailor Campers seem very happy with them. As TrueBlue said, you've got to be careful about propane and exhaust on the boat. Propane bottles are basically sealed with a rubber ball on the valve, and sometimes they simply LEAK. Assume that yours WILL LEAK and use and store it where the leak can't do you any harm. Similarly, flames produce carbon monoxide, so I'd restrict the use to a reasonably well-ventilated place (like your cockpit).

It is just a small electric water pump, and a tiny hot water heater. A very nifty combination if you just want hot water for a short shower once in a while! There are a number of companies making and selling them.
05-05-2008 02:33 PM
sailortjk1 Looks like it uses the small (5lb?) portable propane cylinders.
We use those on our boat all the time, as a lot of boaters do, for the BBQ.
Have to be careful with these, stow them outside of the cabin, and always check for leaks.
I have seen several products designed and marketed for camping that have and do work well on smaller boats.
Several boaters I have known use the coleman stove as well.
After all, weekend cruising on a pocket cruiser is just like camping on the water, right.
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