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Old 11-07-2013, 07:21   #31
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My understandind is that the tanks on this boat are in the stern. As can be seen from the photos this vessel started burning forward and it was a few hours before it reached the fuel. That's what makes this particular fire so curious.


That would be pretty rare on a powerboat of that size, for obvious reasons. A boat with tanks of that size pretty much always has them amidships, for trim reasons. A couple thousand gallons of tankage in the stern would be madness. I'll have to look into that. Usually once the fuel hoses melt off the engine that's all it takes.
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Re: Another reason I like steel boats

In the ASA Safety at Sea course, I recall they mentioned that a boat fire doubles in size every 2 minutes, and if the fire goes unchecked for 6 minutes, the boat's probably done.

The real takeaway is - avoid fire onboard at all costs , regardless of hull construction.
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That would be pretty rare on a powerboat of that size, for obvious reasons. A boat with tanks of that size pretty much always has them amidships, for trim reasons. A couple thousand gallons of tankage in the stern would be madness. I'll have to look into that. Usually once the fuel hoses melt off the engine that's all it takes.
My fuel tanks are aft with water tanks forward, so not that uncommon. Fuel tankage usually goes aft because that is where the demand for it is.

It still took quite awhile for the fire to get to where the fuel tanks were anyway, and by the time it did, there wasn't much left of the structure much less the interior.
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In the ASA Safety at Sea course, I recall they mentioned that a boat fire doubles in size every 2 minutes, and if the fire goes unchecked for 6 minutes, the boat's probably done.

The real takeaway is - avoid fire onboard at all costs , regardless of hull construction.
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Old 11-07-2013, 08:08   #35
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Fire is hot and can burn things .
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Re: Another reason I like steel boats

Fire on a steel boat...fire on a F/g boat. If it's insured, still a total loss. Having built in steel 3 times and owned a number of F/G boats, I am far more concerned with corrosion on a steel boat than a fire.
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Dammit you win I loose. Fiberglass boats burn and steel ones don't. Wish I had bought a steel boat. Friends farewell as my boat is glass and is more likely to burn me up. Surely my days are limited and I only wish I bought a steel boat. I wish you fair winds and controlled flames.
Yes, it is true. Hundreds, if not thousands, of fiberglass boats are on fire and burning as I write this.
As rust and fire are both examples of oxidation (one rapid the other more slowly) it might be fair to say that steel boats are also all burning as I write this.
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