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Old 20 May 2012, 15:14   #1
Country: USA
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Boat name: Delphinus
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Engine: Suzuki DF15 hp
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fire extinguisher mounting.,...

Have yet Another question ....go figure. Huh???lol. Where do you guys mount. Your small fire extinguisher on your sib (with airdeck).??? Also....with a 11 ft. Airdeck, would it be ok to tow a kid on a tube with the 15 Hp if he say only weighed 100 lbs or so???, or would it be too much strain on the transom. Thanks in advance...Joe

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Old 20 May 2012, 19:24   #2
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I do not have to carry one here in California. Since space is an issue, I would say with an inflatable, the boat will put it's own fire out in a matter of seconds as the tubes pop from heat.

If I was to carry one it would probably be mounted in the bow area. In my case to my anchor milk crate.

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Old 20 May 2012, 23:45   #3
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US: If you have a built-in fuel tank, a space where fuel vapors can build up (try interpreting that one) or a boat longer than 26 feet, you are required to have at least one extinguisher. They suggest it be mounted, but their requirement is actually that it be readily available (in a locker under all the PFD's doesn't work.

I'd say on the transom, probably opposite your pillot's seating. Only thing that's going to be an issue on a small inflatable is the engine, so keep the extinguisher nearby.

On a larger boat, you can add the electrical system into the mix. An extinguisher is unlikely to help a whole lot in this case, unless you can kill power to the problem area.

To be honest, I've used two extinguishers on my boat: one was to cool off an overheating trailer drum (corroded, broken and jammed brake lining), and once to pass off to another boat who was having problems. Odds of having a fire on board aren't really all that high, assuming you do a reasonable amount of maintenance.

I'd suspect you'd be fine tubing, but you probably want to make your take-off as smooth as possible, and limit your extreme whips. That's just a guess, though.

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