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Old 13-05-2008, 14:01   #1
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oil lamps?

I keep seeing ads for boat where the seller is highlighting the fact that it has oil lamps. Is there some benefit in lighting your boat with fire instead of 12v lights? Or is it just a 'classical' touch like teak decks? It seems less than completely safe.
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It seems less than completely safe.
Oil lamps are safe enough. The oil won't flame like gasoline. The quality oils don't smoke but can leave residues. Most lamps can stand being heeled over a fair amount too. There is of course lots of tradition to it as well.

In colder climates the added heat is not unwelcome either. Thee are of course many modern electrical lamps such as the new LED lights and cold cathode fluorescent that are quite energy efficient.
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Oil lamps a very safe. They are used as a redundant system in some boats and a a primary system in others. When trying to conserve battery power using Kerosene lamps makes a lot of sense
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When trying to conserve battery power using Kerosene lamps makes a lot of sense
Oil is cleaner than Kerosene, but the idea is the same.
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If you lose all power (how do I know that?) you can see a little bit if it is really dark.
Hard to read by if you are used to modern lighting.
In Florida it amazed me how it heated up a 32ft boat!
They look sooo nautical!
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even though we have a great lighting system, we also have installed oil lamps.. The reasoning behind mentioning oil lamps is because of the cost. A well built oil lamp made to be used can cost as much as 2 to 3 hundred dollars with a gimble. they are not cheep..
we've installed a couple in the main cabin, and on a chilly night, they not only take the chill off the boat but give you a romantic glow to the evening.
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