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Old 05-06-2013, 05:03 PM   #21
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I agree with uncle bob..propane is naturally an oderless gas and the rotton egg smell is added to it so that you KNOW you have a leak. If you have propane at all get a sensor in there and check for leaks.it will fill your bilge until it reaches an open spark or flame.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:07 PM   #22
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last year I had the same odor and it turned out to be a faulty pilot light in the oven...the gas sank into the bilge causing an awful stink.not to mention the danger.
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Old 05-07-2013, 01:01 AM   #23
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Yes - good call Bob & Tangler.
The smell of the odorant (ethyl mercaptan) used to give propane its stink is very similar to hydrogen sulfide. Most people cannot tell the difference.
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So Moonfish,
What was the cause of the smell?
just curious.
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Old 09-15-2013, 03:42 PM   #25
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A pilot light on a boat is a very bad idea. Next to a gasoline leak, propane is probably the best way I know to blow yourself up. I think you will find that you will fail a survey and probably a safety inspection with pilot lights on your boat, not to mention your insurance company, which will use every means to wiggle out of a claim.
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Old 09-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #26
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A bad battery or charger cooking a battery will give off the same smell.
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Old 09-22-2013, 02:43 PM   #27
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My batteries get an egg smell.good luck.commen smell for them...
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:56 PM   #28
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>A pilot light on a boat is a very bad idea.<

Really?

Most insurance co dont mind propane a bit , and most modern pilot lights have a no flame shutoff.

If course it is possible to create a milti failure scenerio , but if they were common the number of gasoline boats would not be 100 times as many diesels.

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So Moonfish,
What was the cause of the smell?
just curious.
Sorry for the delay, just saw this thread crop up again. So about two weeks after the smell appeared, it simply went away. A little disconcerting that we were unable to identify the culprit, but happy enough that its gone...

Mark's theory about saltwater settling on that side of the boat (probably alongside stringers) from the leaking exhaust fitting seems the most probable. As for other theories, the holding tank is at the other end of the boat, and there is no propane in the vicinity. Even if there was a propane leak that settled into the bilge, it would not have been so localized on just the starboard side away from the bilge(s). And the batteries with a new smart charger are in the engine room and far removed from the small area that smelled.

Appreciate the ideas, though. Thanks!
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