Hi - Thanks for the input so far.
I carry my 1-inch pump more for de-watering our boat if we were holed, but would use it for fire fighting too. Water is an excellent agent, it's free and available in unlimited quantities!
I use a Honda
WX-10 1-inch pump because it is very small and lightweight, yet gives good pumping capacity for its size (37-gpm).
Primairly I have always carried one in case someone else's boat catches on fire while they are at anchor
. This happens way more than people think and most of the time there is not a functional fire boat/pump nearby. The recent fire in Grenada
is an unfortunate example.
I have also read articles of people putting at a good size fire on a boat at anchor with buckets, so while an old low tech method of doing it, it still gets the job done!
The fire I used it on occurred in Gibralter. It was a 45-ft ketch
on a mooring
with no one onboard. The fresh water pump
got stuck in the "on" position, emptied the tank, overheaded and set the wood paneling on fire in the galley
I moved our boat and laid her along side and passed over the hose and nozzle. The fire was kept in check until we got it over to the dock
where the fire was finally extinguished once the companion way was opened. The boat was saved although there was a lot of smoke damage.
As mentioned, you must practice getting the pump operational - hooking up hoses, priming the pump - as this does take time (about 3 to 5 minutes). You should also practice/run the pump at least every 3 months or so.
As to gasoline, it only holds about a quart of fuel
and we have a automatic Halon extinguisher protecting the cockpit
locker where it is stored, so that doesn't bother me too much. The larger gasoline containers are stored in the cockpit
and are used mostly for fueling the outboard
So that's some of my experience with the little pumps.