November 2012 Issue
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Last spring, I purchased an LED anchor replacement bulb from Imtra. I spent a lot of time trying to determine what base design I had in the Hella 2492 fixture, and I thought I had got it right.
When we tried to swap the bulb out with the OEM incandescent, the bayonet socket on the bulb had offset pins, and the fixture called for in-series pins. I went to Imtra to get the right bulb, but they do not make it in cool white, so they kindly allowed me to return the bulb for a refund, even though the bulb base was dented during the attempted install and the bulb had to be scrapped.
Len Zawistowski Zagloba, Catalina 310 Erie, Penn.
Mailport: November 2012
I am sorry that I did not get a chance to include my galley in the “Ideal Galley” article in the October 2012 issue. Actually, there was no design to it. It’s a 1979 Bayliner Buccaneer 277 version. I did remove a two-burner stove to have more counter space, and I replaced it with a one-burner stove that can be used while underway or removed and stowed when not in use. It is the ideal galley for gunkholing around Puget Sound.
Bayliner Buccaneer 277
Puget Sound, Wash.
Your Force 10 Seacook was Practical Sailor’s Best Choice pick in our July 2006 report on compact cookers. It has since been discontinued, but used models are still around and worth the cost. Testers agreed that seaswing stoves are handy for cooking underway; however, you should be extra cautious if you choose to use it belowdecks. The American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) limits the Seacook and similar stoves to outside use, mainly because they lack of a flame-failure device, which prevents gas from leaking into the boat if the flame goes out. It’s also important to note that the small propane canisters used with these cookers must be stored onboard with the same care—and following the same guidelines—as large propane tanks: Keep them in a sealed locker that drains overboard.