Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] EFOY fuel cell
Bill Kinney <greatketch@...>
I’ll emphasize one point just because it is really important.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
Installing a methanol powered device in your engine room, or anywhere below deck on a boat, or even storing methanol below deck raises very serious issues. I am sure you can find someone on the internet who will tell you it is ok, but it is NOT.
By many measures methanol is more dangerous to handle than gasoline. It has a much wider concentration range at which it will explode, and requires much less energy to ignite. Methanol vapors in a confined space are more dangerous even than propane. An Amel engine space is not designed with the electrical standards, spark suppression, automatic ventilation and other features needed to handle any fuel more volatile than diesel.
If you decide to go ahead with this, be sure you have someone who understands the issues review the installation.
Handling flammable materials on a boat can be done safely--witness the large number of gasoline powered boats--but it is very serious business, and not something to be done lightly or in ignorance of the issues.