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Old 25-08-2004, 18:14   #1
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Hi all,
Id like to tell you a story that will always remind you to run your blower before starting an engine.
Christmas eve this past year, I had just finished doing a total rebuild of a owens tahitian, 40' Powerboat, that I bought for a prodject, Uncountable hours of work, and unfortunatly countable dollers whent into this boat. She was buetiful! I was getting her ready to move to a new marina, After warming up the engins (twin 327's) I shut them down to get the fluids and such. After doing that I decided it was time to go , so I start one engin and then to the other. BOOOM! The entire boat blows up into a huge fireball.(with me in the engin room) I try and put the fire out with an extiguisher, HA that was funny in hien-site. Then after jumping off the boat onto the dock I begin to try and save the surronding boats. To make a long story short, I wound up being airlifted to a burn unit with 20% of my bodie in 2nd&3rd degree burns, and my boat burnt to the waterline and sank, while one other boat burned down and many other boats dammaged, The insurence company said it cost around 350,000 dollers in damage.
So the moral of the story kids, ALWAYS RUN YOUR BLOWER FIRST!!
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P.S. I know my spelling is horrible
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Old 25-08-2004, 18:58   #2
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jeez, bad story Mr. Kingfish.

Guess the moral of the whole thing is:

Go Diesel.

Powerboats with gasoline engines have been blowing up with regular intervals, especially the ones without a blower going.

No surprises there.

Feel sorry for you and your boat and the neigbor's boat, but uh, inboard gas engines on a boat without running a blower or two, is as safe as a rattlesnake with a tooth-ache, or a drunk monkey on a motorcycle without a helmet, or russian roulette, or whatever.

I know, Monday Morning Quaterback is alsways easy, but in the case of gas powered boats, it is more like learning from numerous other victims: They all have the graves or the burn-scars to prove their stories.
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Old 25-08-2004, 19:07   #3
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a drunk monkey on a motorcycle without a helmet
That almost makes the whole experiance worth while

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Old 26-08-2004, 01:32   #4
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Even with Diesel vessels, the danger lies in LPG/Propane if it is on board. A gas alarm and a blower are as essential as an anchor as far as my thoughts go.
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Old 26-08-2004, 06:58   #5
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Ouch and doubleouch

Shudder - burns are sooo painful! Poor boy.

Just wanted to say that I find your spelling ABSOLUTELY CHARMING!

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Old 26-08-2004, 08:03   #6
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That's why I use kerosene on board for cooking. Diesel, kerosene and oars rather than an outboard, and that will never happen to you (unless you're moored next to a powerboat that doesn't run its blowers).
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Old 26-08-2004, 10:16   #7
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Yup, it can and does happen to propane equipped boats...Like mine.

In the past I have cooked with kerosene and alcohol, but prefer propane...Making sure the valves are turned off when not in use and threat the system like a loaded gun.
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Kingfish here is a free spell checker you can use on the boards.

I am also spelling challenged.

www.iespell.com
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pirate You can't get that stuff no more-

The only kerosene stoves available now are little camping stoves, little 3rd world stoves, or really expensive stoves that use a bit of 12v. from Skandinavia, ( Welcome to Scan Marine, your boat heating and cooling expert ,) I'm afraid. I would rather use the yacht type that we used to use 30 years ago, that had Optimus burners, but them I am not much fazed by the occasional priming adventure. - The army can still get them, but I'm afraid to ask what they cost. They seem really proud to have mastered this arcane technology. - http://www.amtiweb.com/brochures/die...okerlowres.pdf - TD
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That's why I use kerosene on board for cooking. Diesel, kerosene and oars rather than an outboard, and that will never happen to you (unless you're moored next to a powerboat that doesn't run its blowers).
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