Date: 15 November 2013. Outside the Box (fire
The propane tank for Seaweed is stowed in a cockpit locker
on the starboard side. It's conveniently just on the other side of the
bulkhead from the stove so the hose run is short. As far as safety,
storing a propane tank inside the locker is okay, as long as said locker
drains overboard. Fumes are heavier than air and you do not want that
stuff in your bilges. That's why mine is sealed to the interior of the
boat and drains outside just above the waterline.
Across from the stove by the aft dinette bench seat is a
fire extinguisher handy and ready to be used. See red arrow in photo:
Opposite the green star, just outside the door is another
Still, I wasn't satisfied and wanted a second one handy and
nearby. The ideal solution would be to have it just above the propane
locker however my boat isn't one of those expensive "yachts" that some
folks have. What that means is that the back bulkhead of the boat is not
lined. It's basically fiberglass gel coat with no "umph" -- and we need
something of substance in order to mount anything!
A couple things you may have noted in the above photograph:
The unit is attached to the bulkhead at the top.
The black plastic mounting strap in the middle is missing
and has been replaced by some string. The reason I do not use the mounting
strap is that my hands are weak. I am not able to open the strap to remove
the fire extinguisher! Thus, a string with a bow tie is stable yet easily
Advice: If you're of a certain age (call me vintage) do
make sure you can open the doggone strap and if not, make allowances for
yourself. It would be easy to miss such a thing if you were not aware of
Just when you think you've graduated from
the school of experience,
someone thinks up a new course. Mary H. Waldrip.
Still, that fire extinguisher outside by the propane locker
isn't being held up by magic - there's a stainless screw involved. And
what may you ask is holding the screw on the inside?
Okay, so my fish isn't the greatest looking thing on the
planet. It works so that's what counts most. The best fish I broke in half
by not pre-drilling. This one ought to be remade -- or perhaps I'll run
across a fish or turtle at a nautical thrift sale and buy it. For now,
So, my advice is to look at where you might want your fire
extinguisher and then look on the other side and see if you can create a
pretty backing plate. In another place aboard Seaweed I've a whale used as
a switch holder. None of this stuff is fancy and truly few people even
notice it, but I know. It's important to me to create the home I wish to
Do not let the desire for perfection
inhibit your attempts today.
Good enough is indeed far better than waiting for
that ultimate goal of perfect.
And folks who only see the flaws? They need
to get a new hobby.
On some occasions I will confess to the desire for a more
yacht-like home but then I realize that I'm much more comfortable with a
boat. And I'm out here, just like the yachts, anchoring in the same areas
and enjoying the same sights. Life is truly wonderful afloat. Come on out
and join us!
How many fire extinguishers are aboard your boat?
Do you have any automatic systems in place?
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