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Old 22 July 2004, 11:19   #41
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Very pleased with it. Its my first rib, so I'm amazed by the seakeeping. Don't know how it compares to other makes (apart from price!) so living in blissful ignorance. Some say they are a bit flat in the bow, and I have already stuffed it a couple of times. Advice from other ribsters is give it more throttle and a bit more trim.
How hard did you stuff it? How big were the waves? And how fast will it go top end? Would love to know as I may be getting one!
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Old 22 July 2004, 12:08   #42
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so have we come up with the best suited fire extinguisher for a rib?
If so I have missed it!
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Old 22 July 2004, 12:17   #43
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so have we come up with the best suited fire extinguisher for a rib?
If so I have missed it!
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Is there actually such a thing, its been established here that most fires on ribs are caused by electrical faults, so how fast would an electrical fire ignite the petrol thats being pumped into the engine and thus the electrical fire becomes a petrol fire, ?

Then how long would it take for the petrol to flash back to the tank and ignite/blow up ? or is that unlikely to actually happen ?
and at this point is there any point trying to fight the fire ?
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Old 22 July 2004, 12:45   #44
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so have we come up with the best suited fire extinguisher for a rib?
If so I have missed it!
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after all the comments i would say dry powder in at least 2kg would suit most ribs

like i have just fitted pic enclosed they are very cheap last five years untill
replacement is needed and come with mounting clip bracket

and i have all so found a suppler of 2 kg CO2 stainless steel whichs work out at
five times the price of the red 2kg dry powder

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Old 22 July 2004, 13:05   #45
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Just an observation.
Most people seem to stick their fire extinguisher at the back of the boat by the engine. Is this a good place? If the engine has caught light, do you really want to go back there to get it?
I have mine mounted on the console where I can reach it and then approach the fire.
Am I missing something?
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Old 22 July 2004, 13:16   #46
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if i had some flat suface to mount it on it would be up front good point mark

mount as far away from the engine as poss

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Old 22 July 2004, 13:36   #47
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great thread guys....... so which extigusher do i buy for my 4.7 metre rib ? does it have to be specifally a marine one or will any do the job ?

And are they really that worth having aboard anyway, currently when out i'm sitting on 65 litres of petrol and have a seperate 24 litres strapped to the back deck, in between this and the engine is the battery, if that lot catches fire i'm out of there pretty damn quick whether i jump over board of the thing blows
One point to remember irrespective of how effective an extinguisher is / is not is that it will almost certainly be required by your insurers. If you have a fire and no extinguisher they are quite within their rights to decline a claim.

If you have a fire, an an extinguisher but jump overboard they should pay.

I carry a 5A/34B rated dry powder (about 1kg) on my boat.

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Old 22 July 2004, 17:18   #48
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Is there actually such a thing, its been established here that most fires on ribs are caused by electrical faults, so how fast would an electrical fire ignite the petrol thats being pumped into the engine and thus the electrical fire becomes a petrol fire, ?

Then how long would it take for the petrol to flash back to the tank and ignite/blow up ? or is that unlikely to actually happen ?
and at this point is there any point trying to fight the fire ?
Doubt it would flash back to the tank - too much petrol vapour - not enough oxygen - a full tank is safer than an empty one!

Some racing cars used to use a mesh in the tank which would stop the tank catching fire - it worked well and also had the advantage of acting as a big baffle but made refilling the tank a nightmare.

As to people using CO2 it is not suitable for anything in the open air and needs 10 times as much to replace Halon.

Personally I would stick with powder on show and my hidden green ones!!!

An electric and fuel shut off would also be essential.
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So for the insurance purposes and in the event you boat catches fire how do you prove you had an extiguisher aboard ? is it a case of taking it with you when you go over the side ? or does it again come down to one of these trust things ?

Some manufacturers and boat builders sell fire extinguisher recess to fit onto the consoul, this has to be the best bet as its then close to hand and not near the engine !!
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Extinguisher in jockey seat

Hi, another pro-sport owner here! My 7.5m has a recessed holder in the front of the passenger jockey seat with a transparent door for a 2kg powder extinguisher. This means the driver can just reach down for it in an emergency. Seems to make much more sense than keeping it by the engine.

I currently have a leak somewhere in my fuel tank, which was only discovered due to water ingress, and could have been there for a few weeks. Had I filled up the tank right to the top and used the boat on a rough day, I could have had a very serious fuel leak into the bilges and a real fire risk. Currently running off an auxiliary until I can find the leak!
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