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Questions about propane storage

StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,127Member ✭✭✭✭
I lost track of which thread it was in, but someone asked me if there was a CG regulation about storage of the small propane cans for grills on recreational watercraft.  I asked my higher-ups and was told there was nothing official.  But there are recommendations to not store propane cans below decks, in a cabin area or in an area where the propane could leak into an engine space.  Propane is heavier than air and will sink to low spots.  

2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX


  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,406Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Look at sailboats with propane for cooking.  The tanks are mounted aft, in totally devoted compartments AND have a vent/drain hole to let any fumes escape. 

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,987Member ✭✭✭✭
    @Black_Diamond has a good point. Not sure if it matters but most sailboats are diesel. 
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • StodgeStodge Lake St. ClairPosts: 2,127Member ✭✭✭✭
    Fixed propane storage is a whole different animal.  Same with commercial vessels and propane tanks.

    It all boils down the the same thing.  Keep propane where any leakage won't find it's way to where you sleep, or where a spark could ignite it.

    Some industrious person should come up with colored propane to show how it settles into low places.

    2002 FV 342 on Lake St. Clair - Past Commodore SHC - Vessel Examiner USCGAUX

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