There is just something about being a coonass (read: cajun). You cannot separate a cajun from his stockpot. Thats just the way it is.

Now, I’m not saying I can haul a 30qt pot around in a boat galley. I am saying I’m not leaving without a stock pot. You guys might think this the craziest of my admittedly hair brained ideas so far, but I decided to use a cooking pot as the propane tank mount. Yes, you read that right.

A few months ago Dani and I found some of the new style fiberglass 20lb propane tanks that were new old stock and on clearance for half price, so we bought them. The problem is that most propane tank mounts for boats are made for older conventional style tanks which were typically aluminum on boats. These don’t fit the fiberglass tanks. The Westsail manual suggested building a box on the cabin top and routing the propane line down into the galley. I didn’t really care for that idea. I like my deck space. I also don’t like propane tanks being inboard the gunnels. So I got to thinking about it. What would a fiberglass propane tank mount ideally look like? Well as it turns out a stock pot is almost exactly the right size to hold one. And so I finally had it. I had a way to carry my stock pot with me.

I decided that I’d mount it off of the boomkin, far past the gunnels. The boomkin came with some stainless steel tabs that were intended to be in place so one could put down some teak steps on the stern. I never cared for that idea, I have no problem stepping out there on the metal to be honest. They were to be re purposed into mount points for the propane tank. I took the old boomkin chainplates that I replaced and bolted them onto these tabs.
fiberglass propane tank mount

We marked the holes on the stock pot and drilled it out. I also drilled some drain holes. The bolt holes were counter sunk into the pot.
fiberglass propane tank drain holes

Finally, I went ahead and put a rail clamp onto the boomkin tower and used a small piece of bar stock to bolt the side of the pot to the boomkin tower so it would have a bit more rigidity.
Exterior of the fiberglass propane tank

Had to test it for strength.
Dani standing in the fiberglass propane tank

I had thought about removing the handles from the pot, but I didn’t. I kept them on there so I can secure the propane tank bottle into the pot using them as tie down points. Now this probably isn’t going to win any points in the beauty contest, but I’ve yet to see a “beautiful” propane tank. And there is something charming about a boat from New Orleans sailing around the world with a gumbo pot hanging off the stern.
fiberglass propane tank aft shot

Tomorrow I plan to route the propane line to the galley and then we’ll see about finally getting that stove onboard.