One little note about those powder fire extinguishers and engine
fires. (This from a dirtside incident with a race
car). IF you get an engine
fire and you use that kind of powder that is whitish yellow, be VERY QUICK to get that powder off of ANYTHING aluminum
. I had a fuel
line break on my 69 GTO Ram Air IV at the drag strip and by the time we got around to cleaning
the stuff off (not knowing it was corrosive) we lost
a rather expensive Holley carburator..the stuff EATS aluminum
. Of course we replaced the fuel
line and continued racing
, not thinking anything about what the powder might do. I was dumb enough to think it was some kind of flour.
It is also VERY hazardous to breathe. Nowdays I try to find Halon 1011 or CO2 extinguishers. Also, BE SURE, before EVERY outing, to check ALL your extinguishers for expiration date and also for pressure. I had one somehow depressurize in a single
day, and it was our main extinguisher (a big one)
Halon isn't good for you to breathe either, but you can clear your lungs of vapor much easier than you can of powder. The stuff is like fine drywall mud dust..you'll never get it out.
Glad to see nobody wound up swimming in the middle of nowhere! Now I have a question for all of you. WHERE is your LIFERAFT
Mine in my old Connie was in a locker on deck
with a quick release. Flip the release handle and it flips over the side (gas struts from a 1981 monte carlo trunk or a Lexus SC400 trunk with spoiler) and automatically dumps the raft out while the raft weight pulls the inflation cord, and it stays tethered to the boat until you release a caribiner (D-Clip used for rapelling). I had a friend who stored his life raft IN the Galley
. Under the floor, no less. Thank god he never had a galley
fire. So make sure if you DO have an inflateable raft that you also check THAT air can as well for pressure, and you locate it somewhere easily accessible and NOT down in the bow or the galley. Just like a fire extinguisher, you should practice abandoning ship as well. I know that blowing a certified raft is a huge money
waster, but you CAN find out of date rafts fairly cheap
...when I had the connie we did one at the beginning of each season..cheap investment compared to your kid's lives should YOU be trapped down below.