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ning aground and damaging sea grass and
reef are severe. Many prefer to not run fast in
areas with these features.
Even if you don’t have to wait for a bridge
to open, you’ll still have to go at slow speed
through all the bridges, and you may have
issues with slowing down and passing long
lines of waiting boats at opening bridges.
Manatee areas have seasonal and variable
speed restrictions. Going in and out of
inlets may involve slowdowns and add miles
to your trip. There are idle-speed/no-wake
zones at marinas and private docks, dockside restaurants, generally congested areas,
etc. You’ll have to slow down to idle speed
any time you pass a slower boat in a narrow
channel. Speed zones change. Construction,
shoaling water, and dredging operations
result in slow areas that normally have fast
Some may prefer to do most of this trip
running outside. Out in the ocean you could
run at speed except when passing close to
smaller boats and in areas where there’s diving or other restrictions. But you’d have to
have enough fuel, very good weather, and be
prepared to not go outside unless weather is
ideal, and have good information as to inlets.
Always study the charts and one or two good
guide books before you go, to get an idea of
what the trip will bring.
When conducting a propane-system test,
the ABYC standards state that the pressure indicated should remain constant for
This is the case with my system, but after
20 minutes or so there’s a drop in pressure.
Soap tests show no leakage in the system.
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JOHN ADEY: Great use of the standards!
If everything is working properly, and the
appliances check out, I wouldn’t be concerned with a drop in 20 minutes. The
three-minute test is that length to avoid any
change in pressure due to atmospheric influence (e.g. high/low temps). You’re probably
observing the gas equalizing to the ambient
temperature. It will probably only drop to
a certain point. If something isn’t working
properly, then you should look at your regulator and/or solenoid (if you have one) to see
if either is causing a restriction, which slowly
allows the gas to pass by.