Go2marine is proud to carry Clear View Fiberglass Propane Tanks by Ragasco. Clear View tanks are unparalleled in the safe handling of propane, are extremely weather and corrosion resistant, lightweight and offer the ability to view the level of fuel through the tank.
Safety and Propane
Propane is a gas, as well as the third most commonly used fuel in the United States after gasoline and diesel. In its natural state, propane is colorless, odorless, and 1.5 times heavier than air. Because propane is heavier than air, it tends to sink into basements, bilges and all other low areas. To make it more detectable, manufacturers add an odorant to give it a “rotten egg” or sour smell. In its stored and transported state, propane is a liquid–a very cold liquid under pressure, often referred to as liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The U.S. Fire Administration reports that about 150 injuries and 5 deaths occur each year from mostly residential grill fires, caused by propane. Also, each year fire service responds to 6500 grill fires accounting for approximately $28 million in property loss. Four out of five Americans have the equivalent of a large, flammable explosive device right outside their homes, or inside a garage or shed. Additionally, most motor homes, RVs and boats have propane as a fuel source.
Portable propane tanks are commonly made from metal (steel or aluminum) or composite (fiberglass). All modern propane tanks come with a pressure release valve that will release some of the propane in the event of a fire. The traditional steel or aluminum propane tank has one big drawback when they are on fire. Metal tanks heat up, releasing the gas through the pressure valve until the liquid is boiling and overwhelming the valve. At this time the metal propane tank explodes.
Surveillance video from a Wal-Mart in Kentucky captures a metal propane tank exploding in the back of a pickup truck. The driver survived with burns. Note the pressure relief valve working before the propane tank explodes.
Safer Propane Tanks
Fiberglass (Composite) propane tanks are the safer tank for many reasons. Composite propane tanks are also fitted with pressure relief valves that will allow the propane to ‘blow off’. Unlike a rigid metal tank, when a fiberglass composite tank is in a fire it will soften, then burn through with a controlled burnout, instead of an explosion.
Ragasco is the world’s leading developer and manufacturer of LPG composite cylinders. The high-volume production facility in Raufoss Norway is the most advanced of its kind world-wide. They are committed on quality, safety and innovative solutions that add value to customers and preserves the environment.
In the USA, the cylinders are approved in accordance with DOT-SP-12706, which is based on ISO11119-3.2, CFR49, FRP-1 and DOT specific requirements. Authorized Testing Institute is the third party approval organization for the manufacturing line and product.
In Canada, the cylinders are approved in accordance with TC-SU-5931, which is based on ISO11119-3.2 and BS 3.3.9, TC-3FCM, CAN/CSA B339 and further Transport Canada requirements. Authorized Testing Institute is the third party approval organization for the manufacturing line and product.
Ragasco regards this commitment to safety to be the basis for manufacturing and approvals in all EC-countries from the issuing date 2001-10-25, resulting in more than 2.5 million approved cylinders. In addition, approximately 500,000 cylinders are approved by local authorities in various markets on all continents.
Clear View Fiberglass Propane Tanks at Go2marine.
Corrosion / Weather Resistant
Due to the composite fiberglass construction, Clear View propane tanks can be used in many environments. By design and materials, the fiberglass tank may be used on a vessel, a forklift or an outdoor BBQ alike with little worry of the effects of sun, salt or weather. For aesthetic purposes, cylinders can be easily be cleaned by power-washing with a soap and water solution. Sand-blasting or painting of the cylinders is not necessary. UV additives and stabalizers have been applied to the casing material. Finally, as part of the approval, Clear View fiberglass tanks are tested and approved down to -40F / -40C.
Lightweight, with a Clear View
Fiberglass propane tanks weigh 50% less than steel counterparts and 20% less than aluminum. This lighter weight makes the tanks easier to handle. The ability to view the propane through the fiberglass tank removes all guessing as to the level. Additionally, the translucent quality of the tank allows you to view fuel level as the tank is being filled.
The choice is Clear – Clear View Fiberglass Propane Tanks!
March 2, 2009
Go2marine carries GME EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons) and PLBs (Personal Locator Beacons), which are designed to transmit an internationally recognized digital 406 MHZ distress signalwhen activated. They are designed to communicate to rescue services such as the Coast Guard, when nothing else will work. Rescue Beacons have a self sufficient power source that is able to function in the most rugged conditions for a minumum of 48 hours (Epirb) or 24 hours (PLB). Uniquely, EPIRBs and PLBs may be used anywhere on earth, but, they are typically designated in their use in certain environments.
The functional differences between each of the the rescue beacons, EPIRB and PLB:
- EPIRBs tend to be larger (due to larger battery) and are used in the marine environment only. They come with a leash to tie them to a raft of vessel. They are waterproof and float. EPIRBs are typically assigned to a vessel.
- PLBs are smaller, used on land (or water), battery life is not as long as an EPIRB. GME PLBs are waterproof and float. PLBs are intended for personal use, away from normal emergency services.
Additionally, all GME EPIRBs or PLBs are offered in versions that come with or without GPS to augment the satellite fix. The addition of GPS to any of these emergency beacons will increase location accuracy while reducing wait time for rescue.
GME AccuSat EPIRBs
AccuSat is made in 4 variations of a well designed EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons). All EPIRBS include a self testing facility allows the beacons functionality to be tested without fear of accidentally transmitting a distress signal. Additionally, the test actually measures the transmitters power output, not just the battery condition. The AccuSat Class 2 EPIRB is available in two deployment styles; manual release or automatic hydrostatic release.
All GME EPIRBs have the following features:
- Completely waterproof.
- Fitted with long life batteries capable of retaining up to 90% of their original Amp Hour capacity after 10 years.
- Safety seal which serves to indicate that the beacon has never been turned on and the batteries have not been used.
- Extended GME warranty, 6 years on the battery and unit.
- GME Electrophone has full service and maintenance facilities to maintain your beacon and provide recertification where required.
GME AccuSat 406 PLBs
The MT410 GME AccuSat PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) is the smallest & lightest PLB rescue beacon currently made. Additionally, the MT410 offers the industries longest warranties; a 7 year battery replacement life and a 7 year operational warranty. Design features such as a ‘Non Hazmat’ battery pack for simple and cost effective transportation as well as a high intensity flashing LED all contribute to this quality safety equipment.
All GME PLBs have the following features
- Digital 406 MHz, 5 Watt transmission plus 121.5 MHz homing signal
- COSPAS-SARSAT worldwide operation
- High visibility flashing light Retention strap and fully buoyant design
- Complete with protective carry pouch
GME has been designing and manufacturing rescue beacons for over 30 years in Australia for boaters, bush walkers, 4 x 4 enthusiasts and aviators should they ever require emergency assistance.
ALL GME rescue beacon EPIRBs and PLBs can be user tested once a year without impacting battery life.