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Re: LPG regulators all the same?
I have to admit that when I'm in doubt, I generally default toward the "marine grade" labels and point my yachtie nose in the air when I see some really bad, shade-tree, red-neck "fixes" on other people's boats.
It's taken me four project boats, but I'm finally getting really discriminating when I can't see any difference, or at least any advantage, that warrants paying more at the chandlery. These propane regulators seem to be a clear case of that. 12V rocker switches are another example I came across not long ago. Same New Zealand factory, same product, same specs, but $9.99 at the chandleries vs $5.99 at AutoZone. 4 bucks is 4 bucks, man ... x 12 switches...that's a bunch of beers, or at least a new non-marine propane regulator.
If a product isn't labeled 304 or 316 stainless, or ignition protected, or UV resistant, or specifically and demonstrably developed and tested for marine applications, I start shopping around for its landlubber cousin.
There should be a website, or a forum thread, to track these things...
Last edited by bajaking; 04-16-2019 at 05:26 PM.