Propane Tanks on W28

  • February 14, 2020 8:51 AM
    Message # 8747419

    What solutions have you all found for storing propane?

    After several days of research I think foregoing an LPG locker and just mounting it topside makes sense.

    At first I considered brackets to attach the tanks to the transom, like this, but I definitely don't have the breadth that this boat has, and I don't think the rudder will allow it.

    So now I'm thinking about brackets to mount it to the stern pulpit, though I do want sizable tanks so I'm not replacing them every day, and I wonder if the larger tanks will sit too near the waterline.

    Going into this totally fresh, so definitely open to all ideas.

  • February 14, 2020 12:00 PM
    Reply # 8747766 on 8747419

    Hi David,

    Our solution was to install a horizontal bar across the aft end of the stern pulpit and place a shelf on it to hold the propane bottle.  We have found that a 2.5 gal aluminum bottle fits nicely on the shelf.  The bottle is secured with a stainless piece of lifeline cable that is run thru eyebolts in the shelf and is tightened with a small turnbuckle.

    For the past several years we have only been using the boat on weekends and vacation.  We only use the propane for cooking so we get a year or more from one full tank. 




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  • February 14, 2020 12:15 PM
    Reply # 8747778 on 8747419

    Hey David , a tank mounted on your stern pulpit would be a very good choice , I think . Also I would get a aluminum tank and get a cover for it (no bottom) of course . Another thought is a bracket off the gallows post . This would be my last choice a vented locker in the lazarette . 

    David , now that it has been what , about a yr and a half that you have been living abroad tell us some of your thoughts if you would , thanks .

    Mark .

  • February 17, 2020 5:35 PM
    Reply # 8753122 on 8747419

    Oh, goodness—your stern pulpit is an actual full stern pulpit. I think it would be fair to say that I do not have a stern pulpit, and that what I was referring to as my stern pulpit is just the protruding metal trellis coming off the back. (I don't know what you'd call that...)

    So, step 1: get a stern pulpit! Where do I go for that?!

    And to answer your question Mark: indeed, it's been about a year and a half since buying my W28, and moving aboard. I still learn new things every day (like, hey, I should get a stern pulpit!) but it's a constant journey. Loving learning.

  • February 18, 2020 10:18 AM
    Reply # 8754632 on 8747419


    The best source for a stern pulpit is Bud Taplin.  The stainless part you currently have is called the boomkin. 

    The stern pulpit has 4 legs, the two front legs attach to the caprail and the aft two attach to your boomkin.  Bud has complete drawings and can get the entire pulpit fabricated for you.  Ask him to add a horizontal bar and mounting tabs for a shelf.  You may also want to consider adding a mount for the stern light to the top center of the pulpit.




  • February 18, 2020 8:26 PM
    Reply # 8755830 on 8747419

    Ah, perfect, that is very helpful. And just while we are at it, general thoughts on mounting propane tanks to the boomkin? I fear they may sit too near the water line...

  • February 19, 2020 12:24 AM
    Reply # 8756173 on 8747419


    Mounting an aluminum propane tank on the boomkin or stern pulpit should not create any issues.  As you've likely noticed the W28's are a little stern heavy.  I've found that even with large following seas my boomkin does not get submerged. 

    I have not seen them in recently but there use to be small alumninum tanks that had a 1.4 gal. capacity.  They were about 6or8" in diameter and around 20to24" tall, one might fit on the boomkin if you strapped it to the backstay.  These same tanks might fit ok strapped to the boom gallows.




    Last modified: February 19, 2020 12:30 AM | Kevin Donahue
  • February 19, 2020 9:49 AM
    Reply # 8757204 on 8747419

    Hi David , a BT stern pulpit would be a very good up grade for your boat . For conversation here it is , OK will not fit . Just google Westsail 28 stern pulpit the drawing will come right up . Part of the drawing is a new mount for the main sheet . Some people like moving the main sheet aft , we thought about it , it was explained to us that the factory set up (on the bridge) also acts as a boom vang . So we left it factory , we think among other things it makes a nice hand hold when going down below .

  • February 20, 2020 11:32 AM
    Reply # 8760045 on 8747419

    Perfect, I'll get on this right away. I appreciate the comments and the pictures. For added context, here is my own cockpit:

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  • February 20, 2020 5:12 PM
    Reply # 8760736 on 8747419

    Whoa , I forgot you had a vane . The BT stern pulpit would need a little mod to fit . No worry you will figure it out . I have faith .