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Not clearly explained, but life in a nutshell had a major accident.
Nobody seriously hurt, but blew out a lot of the cabin panels
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Re: Propane Accident on a Vlog

Have you confirmed this on the internet? That's where all reliable information comes from. Eye witness accounts are unreliable.
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Re: Propane Accident on a Vlog

I searched and it looks like this happened in December: https://www.facebook.com/nutshellliv...type=3&theater

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OMG. I worry about that constantly! I have bottle on deck and when I cook I have to go up and turn it on and then when I'm done cooking are using it I turn it off but sometimes I forget and it frightens the Daylights out of me
I once heard a story not sure if it's true or noted an old fellow on a trimaran anchored off of Dinner Key that had an experience like this and actually lost a very personal body part if you know what I mean!
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Re: Propane Accident on a Vlog

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Not clearly explained, but life in a nutshell had a major accident.
Nobody seriously hurt, but blew out a lot of the cabin panels
Propane systems need to be checked occasionally. I dismantled my boats stove and removed the water heater after discovering some corrosion issues I now sleep better at night:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: RETHINKING PROPANE ON BOARD

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Re: Propane Accident on a Vlog

Their youtube is available. I am linky challenged
Its fuel...tis in the critical category
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Whoís YouTube ?
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Re: Propane Accident on a Vlog

They are lucky to be alive.
We were in the vicinity of a propane explosion on a sailboat and it was like a sonic boom. Owner did not survive.
On New Year's Eve for 2020 a couple lost their lives in a propane explosion on their sail catamaran.
Obviously, something to be very vigilant about.
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Re: Propane Accident on a Vlog

A good friend was killed and his wife badly burned in a propane explosion a few years ago. The supply line into their stove/oven had a pinhole leak. Propane being heavier than air, the bilge filled with gas, as did the galley at floor level. Propane being virtually odorless, as well as down low, the leak went unnoticed until he opened the oven door to check on dinner.
Massive instantaneous ignition.
He took the brunt full force in the galley. She, reading in the salon, had her feet and legs severely and deeply burned from the torch-like flame that shot out of an a/c grille.
They both miraculously got out, but he died a week later from complications.

I have a propane fume detector in the galley, with the sensor at floor level. All hoses and fittings, the tank and the tank solenoid were all replaced.

To get gas to the stove requires (1) the tank valve be opened, (2) switch on at the breaker panel, (3) press button at the system status display on the galley bulkhead, and (4) open manual shut off under the galley sink.

I was refitting my then new to me 30 year old ketch. My redoing the propane system was done before the accident, but it sure drove home the notion that you canít be too careful.

Carbon monoxide detectors on boats are required by some states in the US, but to my knowledge smoke alarms and fume detectors are not by any. IMO all three should be.

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