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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazzler View Post
    In an earlier life, I lived aboard with propane stoves for 20+ years. I highly recommend the FireBoy S-2A propane monitor / controller with MS-2 propane sensor mounted low under the the stove. As an unplanned test, one time I was using some spray foam which I subsequently learned uses propane as its propellant. It set off the sniffer alarm.
    Good sailing friends were recently camping in the New Mexico desert, 50 miles from the nearest town. It was cold, and early in the morning Robbie got out of bed and lit the stove in their pickup truck camper. Apparently there had been a leak overnight, maybe from the rough road, and there was a terrific explosion. Fortunately Robbie had on a lot of clothes and a watch cap. Still, her jacket caught fire, as did her hair. She ran outside where the door had been and shed her clothes and put out the fire in her hair.
    She is recovering, but has a burned face and hands. Luckily her eyes are OK. Her partner in the overcab bunk was OK, but the force of the explosion separated the roof from the sides of the camper. Word to the wise. Thanks, Tom!

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    The Fireboy sniffer arrives on Monday. After research, I bought the model Lee recommended awhile back. Eventually the sensors fail and the automatic-shutoff type prevents you from using your stove when that happens. There was some other issue (can't remember) that persuaded me that simpler was better.

    After sitting pressurized for a couple weeks I checked the propane gauge. Its needle hasn't moved. BTW, that's why you want a gauge. (Sentence construction left as-is for your amusement.)

    I also got a Fireboy/Xintex CO monitor. Cute little thing. Sled, do you recall your post when those became mandatory? It was when you were first registering the little cat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobJ View Post
    I also got a Fireboy/Xintex CO monitor. Cute little thing. Sled, do you recall your post when those became mandatory? It was when you were first registering the little cat.
    Yes, I recall about 9 years ago, attempting to register WILDFLOWER at the DMV. Here it is:

    The good news is the tax was waived and registration bill was reduced to $29. I was issued my HIN (Hull ID) and CF numbers and stickers. The HIN has to be permanently affixed in two places in 1/4" figures. The CF numbers have to be 3" block letters.

    I was ready to escape with my success. Not so fast. The clerk wanted to be very clear she was issuing me two carbon monoxide stickers. By (new) state law one sticker must be posted in the interior and the larger 7" one on the transom.

    I read the CO stickers. They warn of brain damage, even death, and advise to get fresh air if feeling nausea, headache, dizziness, or drowsiness. I was feeling all four as I walked out to the car. Just a morning at the DMV, not included in the manual on boat building.....


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    On the middle 1980s Sunday afternoon I was working on my Newport 30 in Clipper Y.H. in Sausalito. There was a large "BANG" and I looked up to see pieces of sailboat exploding into the air over in Basin 4. Before cell phones, I ran up to the phone booth with a dime in my hand; someone had beaten me so i continued over to Basin 4 and down to the boat, an older Cascade 36. The deck and house were lifted off the hull, the rig was leaning over onto the next door boat, and the owner was stretched out on the dock being administered to by earlier arrivals. He was a singed and dazed elderly live aboard and wasn't seriously hurt, but the arriving ambulance crew hauled him off to Marin General. He'd lit his stove for an after-nap cup of tea, but had forgotten to turn off his stern mounted propane tank before taking his nap. The boat was hauled over to Anderson's Boatyard for disposal and his daughter arrived to take him to the assisted living facility she'd reserved. There are several lessons here.

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    Are you going to change the layout?
    No real layout changes but I was trying to remove a few pounds to compensate for some weight that was added elsewhere including 12lbs up the rig with a new Antal metal mainsail track last year. Removing some small fitting that are never used and the smaller outboard jib tracks that I don't use. Also removing the stern hoop ring that the backstay led to (6.5lbs). I had recently discovered a broken weld joint at a stern pulpit. That made to get paranoid about of of the 4 90deg welds holding that hoop ring together and if one let go the rest would likely cascade and I'd have no backstay and maybe a broken rig. Replacing with standard style chainplates in titanium. I'm only at 9lbs of removed hardware of my goal with not much left to delete. I looked into replacing piles of the heavy fasteners in titanium but I don't think it's cost effective.

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