Did you know that the Coast Guard requires every boat to have at least one B-1 marine fire extinguishers on board? And depending on the size of your boat, you may need more! Boats that are less than 26’ require at least one and boats 26’-40’ need to have at least two on board.
There are many types of fire extinguishers. For a boat, a tri-class dry chemical extinguisher will meet your needs. If you are worried about your electronics being damaged, a Halotron extinguisher could be a good alternative. Halon gas is “clean” and an electrically non-conducting suppressant that does not leave a residue upon evaporation. Halon is a liquefied, compressed gas that stops the spread of fire by chemically disrupting combustion.
Below is a table that shows the number of fire extinguishers needed based on vessel length.
|Vessel Length||No Fixed System||With approved Fixed Systems|
|Less than 26′||1 B-1||0|
|26′ to less than 40′||2 B-1 or 1 B-II||1 B-1|
|40′ to 65′||3 B-1 or 1 B-II and 1 B-1||2 B-1 or 1 B-II|