When you rent a sailboat or a motorboat, one of your main rights is to have a minimum comfort. Our stay on board has to be as convenient and comfortable as possible, depending on the length of the chosen boat. Gas is one of the essential elements of a high-quality comfort degree, especially if your sailing trip is to last several days.
Aforetime, aboard cruise ships, kitchens functioned with oil or alcohol, but now these fuels have become obsolete and can only be found on certain classic boats. The discomfort of their use and the proper functioning of the current gas systems, together with the security measures taken in such installations have finished relegating the use of these old kitchens.
But beware; the use of gas aboard the ship doesn’t tolerate any negligence, so its installation and gas characteristics require a number of essential and unavoidable precautions, as well as the other elements that compose it. All modern rental boats strictly comply with a series of relevant approved rules. If we are going to rent a boat, it will be good to know how the gas is installed and what precautions we should take when we use the kitchen.
When a gas bottle is not connected directly to the stove top, which happens in small boats, the bottle is located in a separate space, ventilated and away from the interior. The modern boats have a specific box usually located in the cockpit with capacity for one or two bottles, one is connected and in use and the other is for reserve. This compartment has a hole in its bottom, above the waterline, as a scupper, to remove water or gas in case of leakage. The bottle is attached to the kitchen through a flexible tube, which is the same as that used in domestic installations and carrying printed expiration date. All charter boats use special approved tubes for butane or propane. The tube is attached by a clamp to the rigid tube coming out of the kitchen and, usually, has a stopcock.
PRECAUTIONS FOR USE OF GAS
Both taps and the stove burners must be kept clean. After each use, it is appropriate to close all faucets that are in the line. When you suspect there is a gas leak and want to check it, never use the flame of a lighter! Apply over the entire surface of the tube soapy water and bubbles to find out if there is any leak and its location. If there is any leak don’t try to repair it with duct tape or similar methods under any circumstances. We have to replace the entire tube. If, for some unlikely reason, you must empty the contents of the bottle or just want to check the operation of the valve, never employ a metal punch that could damage the area of the valve, especially because it can produce a spark with fatal consequences. For this operation, you will only use wood or plastic punch. Normally the inner driving circuit is of copper and fixed, this pipeline should never be manipulated by a layman or amateur, a specialist has to perform any repairs and checks of possible losses, using a compressed air bottle.
All charter companies, at the time of the boat delivery, show you the location of the gas cylinder and the pipe system, the location of taps and how to use the kitchen.