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Old 29 April 2006, 05:28   #1
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Petrol Boat on fire

I was out on my Rib this evening and a man had a lucky escape from a sports boat with twin petrol inboards which went on fire as he left harbour on Lough Ree.Himself and his young son were picked up off the boat with a minute to spare before they would have had to jump!
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Old 29 April 2006, 06:23   #2
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How many of you guys carry a fire extinguisher?
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Old 29 April 2006, 06:32   #3
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How many of you guys carry a fire extinguisher?
x3.

x2 small 5kg(?) ones on and inside the console, and a larger one for in a seat locker for the engine bay (discharged thorugh a small access hole into the bay). Plus engine vent blanking plates.

Petrol inboard engines scare me due to the flammability of the fuel and the way gas will sit in a boat bilge. Diesel seems much safer.

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Old 29 April 2006, 06:44   #4
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I've got a 1kg dry powder extinguisher onboard and my electrics are nowhere near my tanks.

I'm kinda tempted to bolt a really small CO2 one to the side of my cowl and drill a hole in it so it's got an input into the cowl that won't leak water.

If an o/b is going to go up the last thing you'll want to do is remove the cowl and let more air in-IF you can remove it in time without getting roasted.

At least I might save the engine that way and a cheap CO2 extinguisher is only a tenner or so.

What do you guys think of the idea?
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Old 29 April 2006, 07:27   #5
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How many of you guys carry a fire extinguisher?
x3

x1 1Kg on transom mounted bracket. Can grab it in seconds.
x2 Boat Save Canisters kept in the jockey seat storage - supposed to suppress fire without damaging engine & electrics.

Just hope I never have to use them!
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Is it not a requirment to have valid Insurance to have a permanant fire fully or semi automatic extiguisher system installed on inboard craft these days? Do you think they had one onboard?
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Is it not a requirment to have valid Insurance to have a permanant fire fully or semi automatic extiguisher system installed on inboard craft these days? Do you think they had one onboard?
In all the insurance I've looked at it's only required on the engine bay. Anyone else seen any different?
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Old 29 April 2006, 08:41   #8
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How many of you guys carry a fire extinguisher?
Erm....

it's on the shopping list

I suppose you need to get a proper marine one with no corrosive bits on it, not much point in bolting an ordinary domestic power/CO2 extinguisher to a boat?

what are these Boat Save things, little CO2 canisters??

Bring back Halon!
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Erm....

it's on the shopping list

I suppose you need to get a proper marine one with no corrosive bits on it, not much point in bolting an ordinary domestic power/CO2 extinguisher to a boat?

what are these Boat Save things, little CO2 canisters??

Bring back Halon!
Halon is the best ever - bloody Greens banning things - I am sure a burning car or RIB puts out far more crap than a Halon extinguisher.

Halon is still allowed for the Military - Aviation and other "high risk" areas - cos it's still the best!!!

I have 2x 2ltr foam and a Halon which I will keep hidden. Hate powder with a vengence - makes a hell of a mess and wrecks everything.

CO2 not much use on an open boat - ok in a closed engine room but you need 10kgs to equal 1kg of Halon.

The save boat things look a good idea - will carry one as well - they are also a kind of foam but they can be used just a few squirts at a time. Often you can catch a small electrical fire BEFORE it develops further - kill the power - a quick squirt and no mess.

As to marine types - a lot of the cheaper powder extinguishers are plastic so no probs - just HATE powder.
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Halon is the best ever - bloody Greens banning things - I am sure a burning car or RIB puts out far more crap than a Halon extinguisher.

Halon is still allowed for the Military - Aviation and other "high risk" areas - cos it's still the best!!!

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