I have put out one boat fire, long ago, in rather strange circumstances.
My father, borther and I had trailered our 28 foot aluminum fishing
boat to a remote
area for a week of fishing
. Heading home, we packed the tent and other camping goodies in to the boat, and set off.
Flying down the highway, a car pulls along side and motions to us to pull over. My dad sends me back to inspect the trailer to see what's wrong. I spent a minute looking under the trailor, trying to see what it was that attracted the bypasser's attention, then I look up and saw flames shooting from the top of the boat!
Somehow, I climbed into the boat (the gunwale must have been 6 foot above the road) and grab the extinguisher and had the fire out in short order. Just about the time we were taking stock and trying to figure out what to do next, the local rural fire company pullled up. One of their volunteers had driven by and seen our little "issue". They handed me a hose and a pair of glove to get everything good and cold.
When we pulled the tent out, which is what was burning, we noticed the paint
had all been burned off the outside of the gasoline tank...
Wouldn't we have made a merry sight flying down the highway with 100 gallons of petrol blazing away?
We never did figure out exactly what sparked it in the first place.