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Old 30 August 2010, 16:55   #21
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When I had the Searay, It did often cross my mind that I was kissing my kids goodnight and putting them to bed next to a tank of highly explosive liquid, a bank of batteries and a heap of Mexican wiring.

The next kip aboard will be an oiler or possibly rag and stick.
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Old 30 August 2010, 17:43   #22
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which suggests petrol vapour is heavier than air
It is-that's why fuel stores have vents in the doors next to the floor.

It's not online but when I did the ADR course, they show a video of petrol vapour being poured a good few feet down a piece of guttering to a flame and the flame backtracking to the can.
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Old 30 August 2010, 18:32   #23
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I do a demo most years with about 2m of speaker cable as a dead short across a battery (controlled conditions before the H+S types pipe up.) After about 4 seconds you realise that there's no need for any additional fuel, the insulation does a good enough job.

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Old 31 August 2010, 04:42   #24
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Very sorry to read that you've lost your boat - thank God none of you were aboard.
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Very sorry to hear of the loss but just a thought re cables and or battery connections, if they are loose or corroded and there is a current draw this will result in significant heat being generated.
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First. I'm glad that no one was hurt.

What ever happened, I for one would want to know how this happened, for my own peace of mind.

I'm sure the insurance investigator will be down to have a look, but I would also get MAIB involved, there are many clues left behind a fire of this intensity.
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When I had the Searay, It did often cross my mind that I was kissing my kids goodnight and putting them to bed next to a tank of highly explosive liquid, a bank of batteries and a heap of Mexican wiring.

The next kip aboard will be an oiler or possibly rag and stick.
Hey Mollers - In my late teens doing marine engineering I used to PDI Sea Rays when they came in the country and the 180 bow Riders - ooo eeee - we had a batch come through with the wiring on the fuel gauge to sender the wrong way round....... bugger me that was close...4 boats with a hot wires straight to the tank...! I seem to remember a service bulletin coming straight out that week..!

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Hey Mollers - In my late teens doing marine engineering I used to PDI Sea Rays when they came in the country and the 180 bow Riders - ooo eeee - we had a batch come through with the wiring on the fuel gauge to sender the wrong way round....... bugger me that was close...4 boats with a hot wires straight to the tank...! I seem to remember a service bulletin coming straight out that week..!

Bloody hell... Surprised that got spotted on a PDI.
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Hey Mollers - In my late teens doing marine engineering I used to PDI Sea Rays when they came in the country and the 180 bow Riders - ooo eeee - we had a batch come through with the wiring on the fuel gauge to sender the wrong way round....... bugger me that was close...4 boats with a hot wires straight to the tank...! I seem to remember a service bulletin coming straight out that week..!

I had 260 Sundancer. Searay were the pick of the US mass produced boats when the imports kicked off in the late 70's, but by the late 90's cost cutting had taken it's toll.
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There was a programme on discovery a short while ago where they filmed in the Sea Ray factory, looks like they've made some major investment in there in the last few years...looked quite impressive.
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