Propane availability is not common but is usually sufficient for most yachts. Both the Explorer Charts and the Pavlidis Cruising Guides (both of which you should have aboard) list locations/cays where one can obtain refills within a day or so if not immediately. It would be wise to carry two tanks so that one can be off being refilled without loosing the use of your galley range during the interim. Alternately, an adapter for the use of disposable canisters with your system and a supply of same together with a re-fill adapter for those could be relied upon.We are starting to provision for our sail to the Bahamas and are needing to find out about availability of propane.
Good suggestions. We carry several spare disposable canisters in our propane locker that are wrapped with a little foam packaging material and then sealed in vacuum pack food-saver bags to protect them from the environment. The bags also reveal whether there is any leakage from the canisters (by inflating) and if so, will contain the leakage for awhile (although with this storage method we've never experienced any leakages)..... I like the idea of spare 1lb canisters. Just store them in the same vented locker and buy caps for the potentially leaky buggers. Never use them down below.
Propane is widely used for cooking. I've never had trouble getting a refill in the Bahamas. You either have to go to the truck or pay extra and wait longer for someone else to go to the truck. See the big tank trucks on old LCUs? Propane.Propane availability is not common but is usually sufficient for most yachts.
We have used this method with several different kinds of pressurized fuel canisters, including for our air horn and my (much) better half's butane hair drier fuel cells, all of which have been vacuum bagged and stored in our propane locker when not in use. While several have leaked over the years, as evidenced by the food-saver bags inflating, our gas sniffer has never gone off and it is sensitive enough that if I hold my grill lighter in the locker with the trigger depressed but no flame to test the system, the alarm goes off in seconds. I think the methodology works but there are other options for those with misgivings. Different ships, different long splices eh?"The bags also reveal whether there is any leakage from the canisters (by inflating) and if so, will contain the leakage for awhile "
Are you sure that propane won't easily penetrate the plastic?
I do not disagree, But, done once or twice on an annual cruise, when necessary, it does work and will/can come in handy....
Refilling the 1 lb disposable canisters is a bad idea. The valves aren't designed for multiple uses and will leak. Can you say "boom?"
You mean long splices?Different ships, different log splices eh?
I wouldn't argue with having the capability if it isn't a regular thing. For example, being able to refill a 1 lb canister from a neighbor might be handy if the propane truck broke down and you have to wait a week.I do not disagree, But, done once or twice on an annual cruise, when necessary, it does work and will/can come in handy.
Not a good idea, but some people do refill 1 lb cylinders for their gas grill. I prefer a long hose to my main tanks.Maybe I missed something, but I'm not sure why one would refill a disposable container and not the actual refillable tank, if propane was available.
With the adapter sold by Bass Pro, for example, one can at least partially refill a disposable canister from one's main tank. The canisters, with an adapter, do come in handy as an emergency back-up if one happens to run out of fuel and one doesn't have a second primary tank. I have previously "loaned" a pound or so of fuel to an out-of-luck cruiser to tide him over until he was able to re-fill his primary tank. It's really just an emergency measure not a common-place practice.Maybe I missed something, but I'm not sure why one would refill a disposable container and not the actual refillable tank, if propane was available.