Originally Posted by Ovey
Cheers guys. Having been in the Royal Navy for 22 years I know all about fires at sea, so can see both sides of your arguments. I've had ships that never suffer a fire, and ships that have two or three in a week for various reasons! I guess it's the luck of the draw, but I'd rather have an extinguisher that I don't need than not have one that I do.
I will be getting an extinguisher (or two x 1kg), but I wasn't sure which type/where best to mount for a RIB. I'm quite well versed in giving the occasional WD40 squirt to anything metallic!
Those plastic ones seem a reasonable alternative to the metal ones though.
As an RN guy you'll be familiar with the SR5.4 and the position of the extinguisher pocket which, as far as I'm concerned, is ideally located.
I recently re-furbed mine and can tell you that the cost of the new pocket to house the 1Kg powder extinguisher (metal canister) on the back of the rear seat (very quickly accessed in an emergency) was approximately three times the price of the extinguisher...
Or, to put it another way, the extinguisher cost just a tad more than two packs of Marlboro so in the great scheme of things, I'm happy to renew it each season, if required.
Of course, as a smoker, I appreciate the reassurance of having it readily available between my position at the helm and the tanks...