Originally Posted by Trimix
Ive been giving extinguishers a thought.
I was going to get one plumbed in, automatic detection. Going into the console where the electrical connections are and the fuel filler pipes, as I figured that would be a good place for a fire to start.
But after a bit of research and chat at the boat show the suppliers said they are set off by heat, so an electrical fire would have to take hold before it goes off. Being right next to the fuel fillers I reckon the whole thing will go up before it goes off, or before I notice.
I also considered the gas version so it didnt make a mess of the electrics. But the supplier said if he was on a RIB that caught fire he would just jump off !
So I went for a small 2kg hand held and plan to mount it low down on the outside of the main console. Easy access, removable when stowing the boat.
I also figured if it catches fire Im going to jump off rather than try to put out the flames.
But by the time you've noticed the fire & use your manual ext. It has to have taken hold any way, which could be a lot later than an automatic one would have picked up on an overheating cable. If the fire is in the console, you have to open the hatch to tackle it with your manual ext. Which a; allows oxygen into an otherwise sealed (ish) compartment & b; puts you close to the fire.
Chances are, an automatic extinguisher would have put out the fire before you even knew about it.