Keeping Gasoline OFF of Your Boat: Propane Options for Cruisers


Gasoline storage can present a myriad of problems onboard a cruising boat.  Gas cans must be vented, but the vapors can ignite if they’re in enclosed spaces and near flame or even electrical sparks.  As a result, most gasoline is stored on deck, and it is always a volatile situation in the sun. According to story on, gasoline has a flashpoint of -45 degrees F.  Diesel, on the other hand, has a flashpoint of 125 degrees F. We do not carry any gasoline on Octopussy, yet we have a 15 HP outboard and a Honda 2000i generator. How do we fuel these? PROPANE. We have a 15 HP LEHR outboard … Continue reading

Cruising to Cuba: Filing the Proper Paperwork


Since we’re sitting around waiting for the VA to get off their arse so we can continue cruising, I thought I’d write a couple of blog posts about the things we had to do to prepare to sail legally to Cuba. It is actually pretty easy to get permission, you just have to file the right paperwork.  Insurance might be a different issue…but, that’s my next bog post.   First off, you need to decide whether or not you want to stay in Cuba for fewer than 14 days, or more. If you want to stay longer than 14 days, then you need to file an export permit with the Bureau … Continue reading