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Old 23-05-2011, 14:56   #31
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Re: Why Didn't I Think of This ?

Believe that CNG is lighter than air, so doesn't collect in bilge; propane is heavier and can collect in the bilge if there's a leak. Leaks do occur, as do occasional accidental explosions.

If the propane is turned off at the solonoid or at the tank, at least you know it ain't gonna blow you sky high when you light your lamp at night.

Of course, there are those who like to take their chances.

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Old 23-05-2011, 18:17   #32
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Re: Why Didn't I Think of This ?

Over 35 years ago I watched a cabin cruiser moored off Sault, Michigan blow up. My wife and I were sitting on the Canadian side having a picnic, and I was watching them. Two guys and a girl. I gather she went below to make some coffee or something, couldn't get the propane stove to go and futzed around with it for 10-15 minutes. Then she came on deck and told one of the guys who went 'below. A few seconds later the boat disappeared. Both guys killed, one instantly, the other concussed and drowned after being blown over board. She got blown over too, but survived. The boat burned to the waterline and sank.

Propane is very nasty and deserves our utmost attention.


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