Lets get cooking!

We use gas to cook onboard Nocturne. We have an oven and three burner rings. Unfortunately since we’ve been on Nocturne the oven has never worked! It’s an American oven (because Nocturne was based in Seattle for most of her life) and needs parts from America to be fixed. I’m hoping that by telling everyone publicly about our broken oven, my humans might finally get it sorted out! Without a functioning oven how are they going to cook me a yummy fish-pie?

So generally we use the gas rings to cook onboard. We have a solenoid switch which we use to turn the gas on and off. If we leave the boat for extended periods we turn off the gas directly at the gas bottle.


The gas bottle is kept in a vented lazerette, which is designed so that if for whatever reason the bottle leaks, it will leak overboard and not into the boat. Our gas bottle usually lasts at least six months, but of course it depends on how much we use it.

When we change it we turn it off at the bottle disconnect it and swap it for a refilled bottle. We have to be sure that it’s connected properly. I usually help during this process just to oversee that the humans are doing it correctly.


We also have a flame failure device which acts as a backup, so that if the flame goes out the gas should switch off automatically. However, if we’ve got the gas on, we make sure that there’s always someone supervising the oven and rings. We never leave it unattended.


Did someone say it’s nearly dinner time?

Bisous Bailey


  1. Hope you get the oven going Bailey. 😄


  2. Gosh Bailey – sure would be nice to have that oven fixed up – fish pie sounds delish and you’d have the FRESHEST pawsible ingredients on Nocturne! Woo Woo! You really are a wonderfully efficient snooperviser.

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy


  3. Yes it is.. that’s why I drop in 😉


  4. In the U.S. we run two kinds of gas systems. LP, or Low Pressure liquid) is the most common. Natural gas may be a pressurized bottle up to 3000 psi. Your oven/stove requires nozzles particular to your type of gas being used.

    Have you corresponded with Nocturn manufacturer or the oven/stove manufacturer directly? If neither has the pieces you need you might still acquire the specifications so you can try on the open market.

    Don’t hold out for that fish pie, though, Bailey. That stuff sticks up the cabin for humans and only makes Nocturne ‘bait’ for ‘bigger’ fish.


  5. It will have to be ‘frying tonight’ for the fish course 😀


  6. Time for a fish fry?


  7. Thanks for the view of your propane system. It’s nice to not be blown to smithereens. I keep my tank on the deck. Works good for me.


  8. You can never be too safe – dealing with things like that! Glad to see you’re supervising everything!


  9. You lost me after you said “fish pie,” Bailey! 😉


  10. Cooking on a boat must be tricky!!


  11. ” I usually help during this process just to oversee that the humans are doing it correctly.” Bailey, you do write a wonderfully cute blog!


  12. So glad you are the official snoopervisor and inspector so that you don’t have to worry about any gaseous accidents (unless they are the cat or human kind). MOL. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette


  13. Sounds sensible. We use gas in our caravan, and I’m always careful about it!


  14. On Bushranger we are going to use a countertop oven. It’s called a Breville Smart Oven and I have been baking my bread and dinners in it for the past 2 years. I love it and it doesn’t take up much counter space and doesn’t cost much. I bet it would make a great fish pie!


  15. stealthfur0ne says:

    Dad says when he was boating he had a smaller portable grill and his boat had a microwave. (He had what you call a stink pot.) Maybe the oven just needs a new thermocouple? That odd little bit of mystery is most likely a very standard part even if the whole oven is not.


  16. Better get that oven fixed! You make delicious food with an oven. 🙂


  17. You can practically live on nocturne, right? 🙂 Good thing you’re helping out, Bailey!


  18. Eeeoww Bailey dere iz nuffin ya don’t have a paw in…you iz so clever….where did ya learn all diz stuff??
    Nylablue xo


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