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Carbon monoxide and Diesel Engines
By badriance - Published December 30, 2008 - Viewed 2927 times
Starting in 1998, the American Boat and Yacht Council standards began requiring carbon monoxide (CO) detectors on boats with gasoline-powered propulsion engines and/or generators. The standard doesn't apply to boats with diesel engines, which produce only about 10% of the CO of their gasoline counterparts.
While diesels are certainly safer, there is at least one situation where a diesel-powered boat could easily become surrounded by a deadly cloud of carbon monoxide -- when it's rafted with other boats that are using gasoline generators. In that case, the CO from the exhaust of one boat could easily be pulled into a vent on another.
Certainly, any boat with a gasoline propulsion engine or generator and sleeping accommodations should have a CO detector installed in each sleeping compartment. But if you own a diesel-powered boat and raft up with gasoline-powered boats, it would be smart to also install a CO detector. The only safe alternative would be to anchor away from the raft-up before going to bed.
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