Hi All , This is Alterboy . I started this thread and want to THANK YOU all for your ideas. Keep them coming .
I was EXTREMELY LUCKY . I was in a boat
yard . I was on my way to Happy Hour and was just about to leave the boat when I saw a thin line of smoke in the salon
thru the sun coming in the windows. I then smelled burning wires. My first instinct was to run outside and yell fire which I did. A worker at the yard heard me , ran over and immediately shut off the shore power
.From the main doorway we now saw black smoke coming up from the starboard side of the boat . I have a 5 lbs extinguisher right next to the salon
door so..THinking I had to try I guy it , told the guy where I was going in case I did not come back , took a deep breath and ran down the stairway. By this time I could see nothing . So by feel I went forward and emptied the extinguisher toward the blast of heat that I could feel. Out of breath I ran back outside . All this took approx 30 - 45 seconds.
Two other workers were at the boat. Smoke was seeping out of the forward hatch
. We got a hose from the dock
and got ready , opened the hatch and poured water
in . You could still feel the heat from the fire coming out of the hatch. But we got it to where we could no longer feel the heat. We evacuated the smoke with a fan . I went back down the inside stairs and soaked the whole compartement. This All took under 2 minutes.
I was told by licensed electricians and shipwrights that I was within 2 minutes of losing the whole boat. The Fire was in the forward starboard [Catamaran] compartment. THe Water heater
was charred . The bunk above the water heater
had almost burned thru and the plastic parts storage
bins were melting.
Clean up is another story. But at least I had a boat to clean up .
All this is to say that I agree the best scenario is to have a way to turn on a system from the cockpit
. I like the anchor
washdown idea but what about using the freshwater pump
or both . Still working on a valve system and location . Any ideas ??