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Old 30-11-2017, 13:14   #91
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The VW "Peoples' Car" was a fine piece of economy engineering, but they had their shortcomings when price was not the sole criteria.

Putting an anchor in a bow roller is likely to add 6-10" to the overall length of many vessels. That means another foot when you enter a marina, and I can suspect that makes a good selling point to buyers. (What, I'm the only one who has ever said "OUCH!" ?)
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All VW rear-engined cars, including Beetles, used to have their gas tanks right up front. I know because mine caught fire when I T-boned a guy who ran a stop sign in front of me. Exciting!


The Trabant has its fuel tank on top of the engine. The fuel is gravity fed in to the carburettor.
To fill up (and check how much you still have left) you lift the bonnet.
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In Australia we have composite gas cylinders which don't rust and have a clear window so you can see the gas level.
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Maybe these are butane. Does that make a difference ??
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Maybe these are butane. Does that make a difference ??
They are, but it shouldn't make any difference over Propane, until you go high latitude sailing when Butane stops becoming a gas at low temperatures.

Shame the gas cylinders aren't better secured though. Even a divers weight belt around them and bolted to the bulk head would help.

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interesting I have never found a properly installed regulator leaking.
( I worked for an hvac company that did a lot of restaurant equipment to)
Saltwater corrosion.
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Saltwater corrosion.
Yup. I've had two fail in the last 25yrs. Still not an issue with a properly designed system.
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In Australia we have composite gas cylinders which don't rust and have a clear window so you can see the gas level.
Composite cyls. are available in N.A. also,but they must be inspected every 5 yrs. here.
Steel & aluminum cyls. must be hydrostatically tested & have valves replaced every 10 yrs here.

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Composite gas cylinders are becoming common here too. One issue however is that they tend to be broader than equivalent steel cylinders, so donít always fit.
What we also are seeing now is refillable cylinders, that you can just refill at the LPG pump at a convenient gas station.
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Composite cyls. are available in N.A. also,but they must be inspected every 5 yrs. here.
Steel & aluminum cyls. must be hydrostatically tested & have valves replaced every 10 yrs here.

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Between Canada and the Bahamas it's getting more difficult each year to get propane tanks filled as most are now tank exchange outlets ... drop off your empty pick up a filled one. One of the benefits of this is that the tanks are inspected and certification is kept up to date and many are freshly painted.

I've never worried about how much fuel was in the tanks because we carry two 20lb tanks each of which lasts around 3 months. When one tank runs out I have three months to get the other filled.
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Between Canada and the Bahamas it's getting more difficult each year to get propane tanks filled as most are now tank exchange outlets ... drop off your empty pick up a filled one. One of the benefits of this is that the tanks are inspected and certification is kept up to date and many are freshly painted.

I've never worried about how much fuel was in the tanks because we carry two 20lb tanks each of which lasts around 3 months. When one tank runs out I have three months to get the other filled.
your on them wrong coast. we can get them filled at just about every gas station on the beach here .
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your on them wrong coast. we can get them filled at just about every gas station on the beach here .
Puget sound is beautiful but I prefer to swim everyday without hypothermia
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what never heard of a drysuit
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what never heard of a drysuit
This is as close as I come to cold weather gear ......
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