And you leave your charger
connected to power (generator / shore power
/ solar) while unattended?
ANY SYSTEM CAN FAIL. With proper maintenance
and care, the probability of a disaster is lessened (except for acts of god).
I would suggest that there have been MORE fires, sinking/disasters from faulty shore power
connections and the resultant fire then from a Generator
Why? How often do people check their shore power connection/cord for signs of arc
and spark? At the boat end? At the shore power side?
How often are people checking their batteries and insuring there are no dead cells that, with a charger
unable to sense this, result in a fire from batteries being over charged?
We can all look for sources of disaster: The whale, so magnificent, not far from the boat,
can turn into a blubbery bat on the backstay.
An interesting source of statistics for FIRES is the following from BOATUS SEAWORTHY
(This is just a sample.. some interesting reading...... They go into details on each item. I wonder how many who are now talking about the 'danger' of running a Genset unattended have thought and checked for these items.)
Why Boats Catch Fire
One problem with a fire aboard a boat is that unlike a house where running across the street to escape the flames is an option, on a boat theres no place to go but overboard
. Unfortunately, this violates the second rule
: Stay with the boat. Ironically, if enough of what the boat is floating on can be brought into the boat, the fire can usually be put out. This, however, violates the first law of boating
: Keep the water
outside the boat.
Obviously, stopping fires from getting started in the first place is the best defense. Fortunately, the best source for learning
how to prevent fires is right here at Seaworthyour Marine Insurance
claim files. The files contain hundreds of fire-related claims which Seaworthy
editors have spent many hours analyzing. Heres a rundown:
Causes of Fires Started Aboard
Click on the links below for more information:
1) AC and DC wiring/appliance - 55%
2) Engine/Transmission Overheat - 24%
Leak - 8%
4) Miscellaneous - 7%
5) Unknown - 5%
6) Stove - 1%