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05-22-2008 08:09 PM
sailingdog Just remember the drain for the propane should be as low as possible in the locker, since propane is heavier than air, and should not have any bends in the drain line that might trap water and prevent the drain line from functioning properly.
05-22-2008 07:53 PM
Islander30Bahama So one small vent line to the top of the container ran up mounted on the outer side of the (gunwhale? the raised part of the cockpit where the sheet winches are?) then one out of the bottom to the stern to keep air circulating through to prevent any build up of explosive gases? Then place one propane sniffing sensor in the bottom of the cockpit storage then one in the bilge in the salon somewhere to be totally safe? I want it to be totally safe cause its my baby and will be my home this fall.

Thanks SD
05-22-2008 07:40 PM
sailingdog Shouldn't be air tight...should have a drain overboard for the any propane gas that leaks to drain out. If it is airtight, it could be come an explosion hazard.
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Damn skippy SD That is one lesson that will never be forgotten. On the new boat I plan on building an aluminum airtight container here at work to store the large 20lb bottle that I will use for the galley as well as the bbq. Probably install propane detectors inside it and in the bilge as well. I recently saw a boat on craigslist that had a propane explosion in it was not a pretty sight.
05-22-2008 07:28 PM
Islander30Bahama
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Better a long cold swim back to the dock than you turn yourself into boat confetti later... I bet you haven't forgotten that lesson, and won't make that mistake again.
Damn skippy SD That is one lesson that will never be forgotten. On the new boat I plan on building an aluminum airtight container here at work to store the large 20lb bottle that I will use for the galley as well as the bbq. Probably install propane detectors inside it and in the bilge as well. I recently saw a boat on craigslist that had a propane explosion in it was not a pretty sight.
05-22-2008 07:20 PM
sailingdog Better a long cold swim back to the dock than you turn yourself into boat confetti later... I bet you haven't forgotten that lesson, and won't make that mistake again.
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When I was younger and dumber I had the little greenies inside the storage area in my little Oday 20(which wasn't sealed off from the cabin) until my dad went sailing with me and saw the little greenies where the shouldn't have been. He pointed out on the label where it said not to store them inside and that they are not to be refilled. I then got to go swiming against my will for being a dumb dumb gum gum. Good thing the water wasn't freezing cause it was a long swim back to the dock.
05-22-2008 07:09 PM
Islander30Bahama When I was younger and dumber I had the little greenies inside the storage area in my little Oday 20(which wasn't sealed off from the cabin) until my dad went sailing with me and saw the little greenies where the shouldn't have been. He pointed out on the label where it said not to store them inside and that they are not to be refilled. I then got to go swiming against my will for being a dumb dumb gum gum. Good thing the water wasn't freezing cause it was a long swim back to the dock.
05-22-2008 05:52 PM
bushrat By the way these smaller sized refillable cylinders can safely be refilled useing the proper fittings and a hose from say a regular 20lb one. This makes your propane purchases very economical. Some places have a flat rate per pound but you are often paying more per lb to fill a smaller cylinder.
05-22-2008 05:45 PM
bushrat I have seen them at canadian tire. Superior Propane may or may not have it in stock but they can order them.
05-22-2008 05:06 PM
sailingdog True value hardware stores often have the 5 lb. propane tanks in stock. You can also buy them on-line.
05-22-2008 04:44 PM
cnc33voodoo
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I love my 5 and 10 pound refillable cylinders for the boats magma, BBQ picnics, the beach, camping etc. A great size for portability. As someone who has worked in the propane industy, a jury rig is no place for a propane rig! Get the adapter hose and a refillable cylinder which will pay for itself quickly.
just a question-where did you get the tanks,i just went to ct,home depot,lowes this past weekend and cant find them.my next stop is a bbq store but they generally have bigger tanks.
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