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    Posted: 16 January 2018 at 23:51
I am the new owner of a 2003 341 and am curious about the insides of the propane lockers you all have.  When I purchased it, it didn't have a gauge (to check for leaks) and the solenoid was outside the locker (if it had a leak, propane would leak into the bilge).

I would like to find a way to squeeze a gauge, regulator and solenoid into the existing locker.  Has anyone gone through this already?  Any tips or pictures of the insides of your propane lockers would be greatly appreciated!

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote samuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 January 2018 at 08:12
Is there not a small cut out section on the bottom corner of the door, similar to the 31 series, which allows the excess gas to pass into the cockpit, then out via the cockpit drains? on the 31 series the rest of the locker is sealed, as the exit for the pipe is a flanged union. I understand that it is a ruling that boats sold in the EU must have lockers that prevent gas leaking into the boat & any excess gas goes overboard.  However, you mention propane & EU boats usually have butane so perhaps the regs for your lockers are different & you use a different type of bottle.


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On my 341 the gas bottle has the on/off on top of the bottle, inside the locker. Which is sealed. There is a secondary tap in the Gally. There is no solenoid anywhere so I wonder if yours was fitted by a previous owner?. The gas locker drains as described by Samuel in the previous post. Maybe your locker is different, could you post a picture?
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Yeah, it is pretty clear the solenoid was an add-on after the boat left the factory.  At this point, a picture of the inside of my propane locker would show an empty locker as I have disconnected everything.

In the US, we are supposed to fit these things into the propane locker in addition to the tank:
. pressure gauge (used when testing for leaks)
. regulator (to reduce the high pressure from the tank to low pressure for the boat)
. solenoid to enable turning the source of the gas on and off from the galley

I've been puzzling over how to fit all of these things into my locker, which is quite tight and had hoped that someone else had already worked it out.  Maybe the answer is that nobody else has bothered.
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That should be pretty simple. The on off is the valve on the top of the bottle & you buy a regulator with an integral pressure dial. ( just google it there are loads of them )Then you have a flexible hose just long enough to allow you to couple up to the flange on the pipe where it exits the locker & is long enough to allow you to pull the bottle out of the locker so you can remove the regulator when changing bottles.
The other on off valve goes under the sink not far from the cooker in the copper line. that exits at a flange in the side of the casing around the cooker housing where you then have a flexible hose to the cooker.

Propane Gas Regulator 37mbar Manometer Level Gauge

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Edited by samuel - 17 January 2018 at 22:20
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I am also trying to figure out the US conversion. I purchased a US tank that fits in the locker but I have not been able to get it connected. 

A US regulator is available from Hanse for the 345.(Shipping is $50)

There are other US conversion parts available as well. 
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