June 7, 2012
Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia, South Pacific
We carry three 20lb propane tanks aboard LightSpeed. One is dedicated to the BBQ and two to the galley stove/oven. It seems we've really gone through the propane fast these last months. Usually we get 45-60 days per bottle. So, running low we decided to bite the bullet and get a bottle filled here in the Marquesas before we head to the Tuamotu. I was looking at building a conversion hose and then buying a local bottle of Butane, but that would have required splicing a fitting into my brand new propane lines with hose clamps. Not ideal. So we had a bottle filled by the Yacht Services folks here on the pier in Taiohae Bay, Nuka Hiva. Ouch! 5000 French Pacific Franc (XPF) or $52 USD So, a full 20lb bottle of butane is pretty darn expensive. In contrast we could have bought a local bottle for 2650XPF, but then we'd need to jury rig the fittings. Advice to other boaters, bring a spare LPG pigtail with Northern America fitting on one end and a 1/4" fitting on the other. For here you could build a transfer hose with a quick trip to the hardware store here in the Marquesas.
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