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A fire blanket is a good choice—so is a CO2 fire extinguisher. A dry powder fire extinguisher would work but generally tends to leave a lot of nasty corrosive powdery mess behind, so isn't a great choice if you have other options.
The reason water isn't recommended for alcohol fires is that alcohol burns pretty well down to about 40% by volume. If you can't douse the fire with a very heavy spray of water and get the dilution down low enough and cool the area enough, the burning alcohol can pour down into the bilge and continue to burn there, sight unseen.
This is why the MSDS for a lot of alcohols often SPECIFY HEAVY WATER SPRAY as a fire extinguishing technique. However, this is generally not something we have available on a sailboat.
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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
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