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05-09-2017 05:18 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

Did anyone ever obtain a manual for the old Shipmate? Also, my oven's burner knob also will not turn. Any ideas?
04-12-2016 03:05 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

I have an old Shipmate which looks at the surface to be in good condition. I have no clue how to use it and would love a manual or a few tips on how to get it going.

A few pics
01-18-2016 02:40 AM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

Originally Posted by FineKetch View Post
John V

Thank you

can I get a copy?
11-14-2015 11:29 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

You can get automotive thread sealants that might take the worry out of gas leaks in SAE-threaded unions. Auto supply places have it in little tubes. Works well on gas and brake lines, too. Though I don't know if it's required or not. More a peace-of-mind thing, I guess.
11-13-2015 09:49 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

Recently installed a new stove with new hose and xintrex sniffer. The fittings were 3/8 SAE on the stove end. New LPG hose end was also SAE 3/8. Older stoves may have a different fitting size.
11-13-2015 09:34 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

The hose seals on a ferrule at each end, which means you don't use tape or sealant. Tape and sealant are for use where the sealing is done on a tapered thread.
National Pipe Tapered (NPT) is tapered thread.
The ferrule seals the rubber hose to metal fittings. The fittings connect to each other with NPT thread. Always use tape on tapered thread, whatever substance the pipe carries.
11-10-2015 12:03 AM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

Originally Posted by VallelyJ View Post
Propane hose comes in standard lenghts. They have a standard 1/2" (if I recall right) NPT fitting on each end that fits the stove and the regulator or solenoid. Use teflon tape. There should be no fittings or joints in the line between the tank and the stove. With your tank in an external locker, you will also need a solenoid valve at the tank that is controled by a switch at the stove, so from the stove, you can cut the gas off at the tank and let the propane left in the line burn out before shutting the burner of oven off. You'll also need a low-pressure (as I recall) regulator. Marine supply places usually carry all the parts you need.
If you have room for a bigger tank, a lot of people use 20-pounders.

The hose seals on a ferrule at each end, which means you don't use tape or sealant. Tape and sealant are for use where the sealing is done on a tapered thread.
11-09-2015 03:15 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

This is for the 3-burner Shipmate .... with Robert Shaw oven/broiler, etc. control. Such a stove will have two red push buttons on or near the SS top surface, one on the far right side next to the top burners, the other on the far left side.

These 'button' are to 'override' the safety valves to which they are connected and will allow one to light the gas 'pilot lights' for oven and/or broiler, and keep the thermocouples hot to allow gas flow. The right button controls the pilot light to the oven burner rack; the left ... the broiler. The function of the safety valves is to totally shut down gas flow if and when the thermocouples become 'cold' - no accumulated gas delivery = no explosion hazzard.

Oven burner procedure:
1. Have ready a butane looooong arm barbecue type 'lighter'
2. There is a removable plate on the 'floor' of the oven chamber - remove it.
3. With the cover removed you will see the burner assembly .... the the pilot light and thermocouple are on the far right side and 'under' the burner rack assembly.
4. Turn on the gas tank solenoid
5. Turn the oven control to LOW
6. light the butane barbecue 'match': Push down on the RIGHT (red?) button on top; hold the 'match' flame so that it HEATS the pilot light assembly AND the thermocouple (they are at right angles to one another in their own 'assembly' under the burner rack).
7. Continue to hold the R button down until the pilot light 'lights'; continue heating with the butane flame, and keep that button down until the pilot light STAYS lit.
8. Turn the oven temperature control to the desired temperature .... the burner rack now should be fully lit.
9. replace the 'cover'.
Note: any time you turn off the tank safety solenoid, you have to manually re-light the pilot light.
Note2: If the pilot light fails to come on, take 220 grit sandpaper and clean the thermocouple tip (in place), until 'bright'.
Note3. If the pilot light fails to ignite even after cleaning the thermocouple ... take the 'whole' stove to a commercial gas appliance shop to have the thermocouple, and possibly the safety valve replaced.

Same as oven, but the (red) safety valve override switch is on the far left of the cook top. The control for the broiler is the second 'knob' from the left on the front of the stove.

Suggest that you get a hanging thermometer, etc. and hang/suspend from the oven rack to make sure that the thermometer gage is close to the oven control temperature.

If you plan to use the oven a lot, suggest that you install a propane 'sniffer' alarm for under the stove, for the bottom of the bilge, etc. as propane is heavier than air and can rapidly accumulate in those 'bottom' spaces .... and can go boom if its on the outside of the stove.

hope this helps.
11-09-2015 02:52 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

I was just lighting mine with a match or lighter. I'd lift the floor of the oven out, click on the lighter, turn on the gas, then set the floor back in once it was lit. There were no flints or electric sparkers on mine, so I assumed this was the only way.
11-09-2015 02:13 PM
Re: Shipmate Gimbaled Gas Range

I know this is an old post, but... I also have an older shipmate stove and the top burners work but I'm unsure of how to light the stove. I've looked online for a users manual but can't seem to find one. I also don't see where to find the model number for the unit but it has 3 burners on top, 5 knobs on the front (including the oven knob and 2 stainless button looking things flanking the knobs. I'm assuming their igniters but they don't seem to actually do anything.

Any help or a link to a video would be awesome!!!

Kevin Whitcomb
S/V White Swan
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