Seascout-Net Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: SEASCOUT-NET digest 490
Re: SEASCOUT-NET digest 490
Wed Oct 14 14:39:28 1998
In a message dated 98-10-09 03:15:27 EDT, you write:
<< The boat currently
has a 2-burner Princess pressurized alcohol stove and we're not
convinced that this is necessarily the best equipment to have. Just so
you know, the stove is installed in a well so that the burners are about
3-6 inches below the countertop.
If this were your boat, what would you recommend?
SSS Columbia Ranger
Bruce and Fellow Sea Scouters,
We had the same situation on SSS LOTUS (a 1918 wooden schooner, 48' on-deck)
last year. We opted to replace the 2-burner pressurized alcohol Princess with
a 2-burner NON-pressurized alcohol stove, which has served us well for the
past two seasons, according to our Skipper, Bob Ellis.
These were two very busy cruising seasons for LOTUS on the Lake Ontario and
the St. Lawrence Seaway. Cruises ranged from weekends to week+ duration,
including many in Canadian waters and ports-of-call, including circum-
navigating L. Ontario each year (400-500 miles, over a week to 10 days.)
Crew size ranged from 6 to 16 souls on board. All meals were planned,
provisioned, and prepared by the Sea Scout crews (co-ed.)
My opinion: Safety first! While alcohol has several limitations, it provides
adequate service for a Sea Scout vessel. These same limitations provide
challanges for the crew to deal with. The non-pressurized stove is safer and
easier to deal with than its predecessor.
Best Regards, Ed Schickler, Council Commodore
Otetiana Council, Rochester, NY
Committeeman, Historian and Cruisemaster
Ship 303 LOTUS, Webster, NY