Originally Posted by Bob666
There is sometimes a little water in the containing bucket. The through-hull is above water leve. So, it must be splashing up water, through the hose into the bucket.
Back to the drawing board. Is the current setup even ok? I got a 2 litre camping LPG bottle in the containing bucket. A spare one outside of it. It's too small for cruising. Want 5 litre composite bottles.
Here's a Swedish standard:
Gasolförvaring båt - Gasol- och fotogenprodukter
Our boat is not CE (ej = Not) as it's from 1974. Whatever, I want this safe.
Seems impossible to set this up in this boat. We are in the processing of mounting an arch in the aft to put solar panels
on top of. Could have the bottle at the foot of it, but it kind of sucks actually.
All I can think of, if keeping current setup, is to bring lots of 2 litre LPG bottles. Pain in the...you know where...to keep changing bottles.
Only you can decide what are acceptable risks, but I would not touch your existing setup with a ten-foot pole. Makes me shudder.
You say that the space it is in, does not communicate with the boat interior
-- are you sure? If it's an anchor locker
, then maybe, but only 1 in 1000 boats has a deck
locker or lazarette which does not communicate with the main bilge
, sometimes (as is the case with my boat) only by a narrow gap at the bottom of the bulkhead.
If it really doesn't (does it have its own bilge
and bilge pump
?) then that certainly mitigates the risk, but your drain system, at a minimum, needs to be completely redone so that there is no chance of water standing anywhere and blocking the flow of gas.
If I were you, however, I would bite the bullet and install a proper gas locker. It will require a biggish hole in the deck
but any decent boatyard will be able to do it. You can buy ready made gas lockers made out of GRP or plastic.
For another approach to the standards, check out the Boat Safety
Scheme, which has a lot of really good and detailed information on gas lockers and gas safety:
Another solution is just get rid of gas altogether, and go to electric cooking
. That's what my next boat will have. Electric
induction hobs are amazingly efficient and don't require all that much power.