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Old 15-07-2013, 18:35   #16
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Re: What causes more boat fires?

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DC wiring in the emgine compartment according to BoatUS
thats what almost caused mine.
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Re: What Causes More Boat Fires?

Yes, it seems to me more seem to be electrical in nature... just guessing from news reports etc. A better question would have been based on percentage I suppose. I agree that in many cases "people" are the cause, or "corporations". I have never bought a boat in my life that came with the battery fuse that ABYC recommends. A shorted battery cable will burn a boat very quickly for sure.
But let's say a young couple buy a used Catalina 30 that surveys well, was built to the standards of the day, and all electrical appliances work. Within a year the boat burns up due to an electrical short... was that really a people thing? Potentially yes... but...
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Old 15-07-2013, 19:15   #18
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Re: What Causes More Boat Fires?

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flammable objects cause all fires.
Flammable objects don't ignite spontaneously. It's always caused by someone who did something wrong or didn't do something necessary.
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BOATUS Again, operating from memory, locked rotors in bilge pumps was a major source.
Something similar happened to us, had a shower sump switch fail, and it ran until it started smoking and melting, it was fused, and did not pop the fuse, would it have had it totaly locked up? who knows.
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Flammable objects don't ignite spontaneously. It's always caused by someone who did something wrong or didn't do something necessary.
Apparently non flammable objects are more of a problem

Can Pistachio Nuts Spontaneously Combust?

Now we cant have nuts on board,,,
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I've become more aware of how many boat fires there are each year lately. Seems as though everytime I turn around there's a boat on fire either on the news or on the internet forums.... I wonder what causes the most boat fires... propane or electrical? Where might that data be found?
2012 USCG Statistics.
http://www.uscgboating.org/assets/1/...g/Page/705.PDF

Pg 35
Type of Incident - ----------#Accidents, #Vessels, ..., #Injuries, Damages

Fire/explosion (fuel) -----------157 ------182 ----1 2 3 ---92 ----$2,041,024
Fire/explosion (non-fuel) -------96 -------171 ----0 0 0 ---7 -----$9,891,020
Fire/explosion (unknown origin) -11 -------26 -----0 2 2 ----0 ----$940,500

No distinction I could find between vessel fuel (Diesel/gas) and stove fuel (propane, butane, alcohol, kerosene....)


Pg 40 breaks down data by vessel size. All data is for recreational vessels.
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