I like my Perco oil lamps, both the anchor
light and the wall mounted salon
lights. I have side lights too, but have seldom used them.
I keep citronella oil in one cabin
light, so I can burn it on buggy nights without having to keep opening and closing the hatch
against bugs. I have seen bugs heading into the cabin
, and turn back at the hatch
when they hit the vapors. I don't use citronella in a closed up cabin.
Kerosene comes in various grades, and K1, the grade that looks like clear water
has the least odor
. Some places it comes with red dye in it, because no road tax has been paid on it. If you have kerosene aboard, an old Svea, Primus, or Optimus "roarer" single
burner stove makes good backup stove.
The best kerosene light is an Aladdin lamp, which is a non-pressurised kerosene lamp that has a round wick, and uses a mantle, suspended over the flame. It puts out white light, about like a coleman gas lamp, or a 100 watt household bulb, great for fine repairs
or reading. Mine hangs in a custom bracket. It puts out a LOT of heat, and doubles as a cabin heater. In warm weather
it hangs at the hatch to let the heat out.
I have also used Coleman and Wenzel pressurized kerosene lamps, but don't like the pressure pushing out the kerosene in case of flareups. In a pinch, many Coleman liquid fuel
lamps will burn kerosene, if the generator
is preheated with a torch or a little cup of alcohol or gasoline, but generator
life is shorter.
I like old ways. For years, I cruised my old Buc 24, with a Seagull engine
and kerosene lights. I'd start with a charged battery
for the radio
, and usually it would hold a couple of weeks or more with very light use, weather
calls only. I had no generating gear