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New system protects against gas leaks


Ireland-based BoatWarden, an early warning and monitoring system designer, has launched GasWarden, a new safety device to protect against propane leaks on yachts.

Engineer Kevin Hennessy, founder of BoatWarden, found that a recurring problem on boats was how the sea air can harden and corrode rubber o-ring seals over time, leading to gas leaks. With gas being heavier than air, it bubbles around the bottom of the boat, eventually making its way forward toward living spaces and galleys.

The GasWarden system consists of a sensor that detects a gas leak and sends a signal to a switching unit fastened to the gas bottle. Once alerted by the sensor, a guillotine-type valve then automatically closes on the bottle.

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