We're going to move aboard Beausoleil full time in May, and take off cruising this fall. We were considering replacing the Origo
alcohol stove and Panasonic microwave/convection oven
with a single
propane unit, but I think we'll wait.
The problem with propane on an aft-cockpit ketch
like our Formosa
51 is - where do I install the darn tanks
? On deck
in a bolted-down locker? Fabricate a vented locker thru the deck
just in front of the galley
(we could hide it in a cabinet in the cabin
ahead of the galley)? Or take up all the room in the cockpit
lazerette and run a ~40' fuel
on a blue-water cruiser are not only unsightly but dangerous in heavy seas. Think of what a 25lb tank could do to pilothouse windows - even if they're 3/8" Lexan
I also looked into diesel
stoves to get around the tank storage
problem. But with the location of our galley
, the flue would be right where our headsail/staysail sheets
lines run. If the galley was in the pilothouse, at least the flue would be up and out of the way - lot's of Formosa's do have the galley in the pilothouse, but ours ain't one of 'em.
I think for now we'll stick with the non-pressurized Origo
- it's way safer than the alcohol stove in our old Mariner. And in a pinch we can run the microwave off the inverter
, but we'd have to time oven
use for when the genset is charging
the batteries (or is that vice versa?). We'll eventually have a wind generator
on the mizzen mast
and solar panels
on the bimini
to help keep genset runs to a minimum, but they certainly won't do for biscuits in the morning, I'll tell ya!
After we're on the water
for a few months we'll see if it's working or if we should bite the bullet and go propane.