Originally Posted by FF
"Your only choice is to have them refilled. Fortunately, at least in this part of the world, that is pretty easy to do."
Easy to do AT HOME , the question is when cruising , how much pain and hassle you chose to suffer?
That's why Keith's comment about having two tanks on board makes the whole thing something of a non-issue. Unless you go through propane at a prodigious rate, when one tank runs out you'll have a lot of time to get it filled while you use the other one.
Also some boats, like ours, have propane lockers designed for fastened-down horizontal tanks. So the standard backyard BBQ tanks don't even fit unless you mount them on their sides, something I've been told is rather dangerous to do.
And while we've never had to fill a propane bottle while out on the boat-- we've run a bottle empty on occasion but we simply switch to the other tank-- we've noticed it seems to be pretty easy to find places to refill propane bottles close to the waterfronts in the communities here and in BC. Don't know about SE Alaska but I imagine it's the same.