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Old 08 July 2014, 15:58   #1
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Fire extinguisher question.

Out of curiosity.........

What's the most popular size of fire extinguisher for your boats? Do you have two? More? What type are they? Do you even carry one?


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Required for a boat with built-in fuel tanks over here. I usually have a pair of 2-3/4 lb extinguishers, but used one, so am down to a single (though it's due for replacement.)

Ideally you want one rated ABC, but they can be pricey. Any is better than none. Be aware that the powder types can compact over time; get in the habit of bashing them around once every couple of months to keep the media free.

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Old 08 July 2014, 17:02   #3
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What's the most popular size of fire extinguisher for your boats? Do you have two? More? What type are they? Do you even carry one?


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I have a Firetrace system on BP, it's a 2kg BCF type. The bottle is under the helm seat & the line runs in a duct from the seat, under the deck & into the console. It then runs around the console in the loom & around the batteries & fuel fillers. I also have a separate dry powder at the stern in a dry box on the "A" frame. If all that fails, I'll jump over the side.
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At the moment I have the same option 3! Just looking into getting an extinguisher so was getting a feel for size/type.

I'm thinking a 1 or 2kg powder.


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At the moment I have the same option 3! Just looking into getting an extinguisher so was getting a feel for size/type.

I'm thinking a 1 or 2kg powder.


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I'd be tempted to have 2x 1kg but put them at opposite ends of the boat. If you get a fire in the engine, use the ext. from the console & vice-versa
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That's a good idea. Certainly worth thinking about.

What's the best way to mount them - the clip mount they come with or some other way? Covered in some way or just hosed off with the boat every time? And do you leave them on the boat or take them out when you finish? (My boat is trailered home every time so could be left on permanently)?


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A 2kg powder has a 20 sec burst and is probably overkill on a small RIB. I'd agree with Big Softy Dave about the 2x1kg. Even one is better than none and if you go this route, fitting it to be back of a pod seat is a good spot.
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fitting it to be back of a pod seat is a good spot.
Do not follow this advice. It will fall apart in seconds once a droplet of sea water touches it! Consider in a locker but the trade off is lack of accessibility.

Fire extinguishers are only going to help you control a very small fire so they are useful but they really do have a limit to the amount they will help you. Seriously consider how much good a 1kg or even a 2kg fire extinguisher will be against all the fuel you have on board your boat. Probably sweet FA.

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Do not follow this advice. It will fall apart in seconds once a droplet of sea water touches it! Consider in a locker but the trade off is lack of accessibility.

Fire extinguishers are only going to help you control a very small fire so they are useful but they really do have a limit to the amount they will help you. Seriously consider how much good a 1kg or even a 2kg fire extinguisher will be against all the fuel you have on board your boat. Probably sweet FA.

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Believe this guff at your peril! The man patently knows not of which he speaks. That or he buys the worst tat. I've had a 1kg powder extinguisher in precisely that location over three seasons and it was looking good when I sold the rig. Giving it a clean and a quick spray of WD40 now and then might have helped too!

Same dodgy advice with the firefighting. Most fires start small. A small electrical fire in a console is easily fought. Same with a small fuel/electrics fire. Not all fuel fires are catastrophic - petrol in the open burns off surprisingly calmly - most of your fuel is stored in tanks and unlikely to suddenly burst into flame. Fires happen around engines and electronics.
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