In Malaysia we were able to get our three cylinders filled. The marina must have had a contact and the cylinders were returned full the next day. However we were one of the lucky ones able to get a fill, others who turned in their cylinders for a fill the next day found that refills were no longer available. It wasn’t until we got to Langkawi we or any of the fleet were able to get our next refill, however this didn’t last long. It turns out the refills we were getting were not sanctioned by the Government and during our stay the refill station was shutdown.
|14 Kg Cylinder strapped to the rail|
We enquired about a local bottle, as it turns out there is a 14 Kg cylinder available and that’s it, unless you get the 100 Kg cylinder. So we ordered a cylinder, five metres of gas hose and a regulator for the local Malaysian cylinder. It turned up the next day, and there it was sitting on deck and looking very large. We couldn’t get it into our gas locker. The only thing to do was to store it on deck and after a lot of trial and error it found a home on the side rail out of the way. Should it develop a small leak it won’t be a problem being outside as it can vent over-board.
The next thing to consider is how to plumb in the new cylinder regulator hose. This was a reasonably simple process, I removed an unused cable gland from above where the gas locker is located. I needed to enlarge the hole slightly but the new hose went through easily and then I simply drilled a hole in the gas locker wall. Once the new hose was run through the gas locker wall I sealed the hose to make the locker gas tight again. This hole will be patched once we are using our standard cylinder in the locker.
|Flared copper pipe fitting unscrewed from the solenoid.|
|Regulator showing type and pressures.|
We set this up at Puteri Harbour Marina, we used Flying Colours Marine Solutions to source and deliver the parts. The all up cost for the lot was RM230 ($75 AU roughly).
|Simple knob to lock on regulator.|
It appears we have really become cruisers where function and necessity are more important than aesthetics. Does anyone want a Malaysian cylinder, we now need an Indonesian cylinder and have been told the regulator is the same.