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Old 05-05-2022, 10:35 PM   #1
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Check your propane system.....

This happened one dock over from my boat in San Diego at Harbor Island today. Apparently a propane related explosion on a Hunter sailboat. Owner was nearby along with his dog and both escaped with only some singeing apparently. He got lucky, it must have been a big blast to lift the deck like that.
I wasn't there, pics were sent by a friend.
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Old 05-05-2022, 11:26 PM   #2
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Holy cow! Harbor Island West? What dock? So glad to hear there weren't serious injuries.

Would be great to get a post-mortem on that once the full picture has emerged.
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Oh boy, here come the propane paranoics.
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Old 05-06-2022, 05:02 AM   #4
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not paranoid, but looking to reduce potential serious problems.
I have lpg at the moment, but looking to change to a Wallas Diesel stove, and microwave.
I reckon if the owner had been onboard, he wouldn't be very well right now!
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I would have expected it to be burned to a crisp but, no obvious signs of fire. I suppose it could have blown itself out after the initial ignition?

Other than that we know nothing about how the system was installed, used or maintained. I shut off the tank solenoid unless I’m actually cooking. The leak sensors are always on. I check those routinely.
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Old 05-06-2022, 07:07 AM   #6
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I'm betting that wasn't a "whole boat full of propane" situation. It looks like the explosion may have only involved one part of the cabin (based on the deck damage). And based on the lack of charring and fire damage, it must have been one quick bang and done (where nothing got hot enough to continue burning).



I'd definitely be curious to find out what the failure mode was (and how it went un-noticed until an explosion occurred).
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Old 05-06-2022, 10:51 AM   #7
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Hello,
I just saw the accident of your sailboat, I'm sorry for you.

I am interested in buying your mast if it is still usable.

I sent you a private message

Thank you Nick
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Ah, I understand that's not your sailboat, sorry lwarden.

Can you help me get in touch with the captain of the sailboat?

Thank you
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It does highlight the need for preventative maintenance on a propane system.
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It does highlight the need for preventative maintenance on a propane system.
…This happened one dock over from my boat… 😉
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…This happened one dock over from my boat… 😉
Glad you weren’t docked in the next slip. I am surprised that it didn’t catch fire.
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Old 05-06-2022, 02:22 PM   #12
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Nicolas, I don't think I want to asks the victim if his boat is ready to be part out, seems a bit too soon for that. I will let you know if I hear this is the direction he will be headed, but I expect there is a lot of insurance work to do before they get to that point.

I'll be down this weekend and will update this thread if I hear more about the cause or any other info.

This was down at Cabrillo Isle marina.
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I have these as of yesterday as an extra level of safety

You can also pump the gauge up and down several times, turn off bottle and watch gauge for a few minutes to pressure test the lines

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I have these as of yesterday as an extra level of safety

You can also pump the gauge up and down several times, turn off bottle and watch gauge for a few minutes to pressure test the lines



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Well, it's not 2018 now
But thanks anyway

Add: interesting that it took two years for a recall on that batch
Couldn't find anything about actual problem in real life
https://www.productsafety.gov.au/rec...-and-regulator
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That'll buff out.
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That'll buff out.
Big buffer…
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Pretty much most things on a boat can ruin your day.

If you dont pay attention and learn, sure things can go wrong.

But millions of new boaters each year start with no experience and or POS boats and manage to survive.

Amazing how caring a little can go a long way to being safe.
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It looked the deck tried to lift off. Pictures of the starboard side and port side. John Miller, photo credits.
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It certainly could have been so much worse for the surrounding oats.
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