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Generally, I would recommend mounting one inside the cabin, forward of the galley, so that if a galley fire breaks out and you're inside the cabin, you can use it to suppress the fire long enough to get out of the cabin. Same thing with the electrical panel or navigation console, where the electrical system is often located.
Having one near the engine compartment—preferably a Halon replacement type, and a fire port in the engine compartment cover, is probably a good way to deal with engine fires. A better solution would be a fixed automatic fire extinguisher in the engine compartment.
Having one in the cockpit is a good idea, since most cockpit often have a barbeque grill mounted nearby, and it can help with galley fires, since the galley is often by the companionway. Mine is mounted on the companionway dropboard rails—just outside the port side of the companionway.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
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