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If they are powder ones, take them off the mount every 6 months, hold them upside down and give the bottom a sharp tap with a rubber mallet, ensures that the power isn't settling to form a block at the bottom.
This ^^^^^^, look at the gauge to be sure it is in the green, make sure the pin pulls easily, and unscrew the hose and make sure it is free of obstructions (insects like to nest in there).
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Sound's like you've been down the road that I'm on. I know that I'm going to have to comply with this because it's on the survey and insurance companies don't like interpretation, explanations or ambiguity. They like paper trails and compliance and such.

I may call up the surveyors at some point and have them come do a post-compliance inspection which I will send to insurance. Perhaps they'd be willing to modify their language so that it covers the safety aspects they feel are important, but isn't overly onerous on me.

I can see for example, that the recommendation to tag all extinguishers punishes you for carrying more than is required. How about a recommendation to inspect the USCG minimum and if I carry more I get bonus points??

I can also see your problem of the "uninspectable" extinguishers. Perhaps in my letter of compliance to the insurance company I will tell them I have replaced the current extinguishers with ones that don't require inspection. We'll see..... I DO plan to replace the 2x 10lb dry chem extinguishers on the boat. They're huge and heavy and that's a LOT of dry chemical. I'd much rather have more smaller bottles of clean agent extinguishers.

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I cannot offer more than my own experience over 50+ years, for what that's worth. Currently, the most effective means of fire fighting aboard a yacht are first, the fire blanket, then Halon (although that's now evidently against EPA Regulations) and its alternative variants Halotron et al in engine spaces and, finally, CO2 extinguishers. Despite representations to the contrary, unless one uses and extraordinary amount of CO2, the material does not, in and of itself, represent a health threat, at least not in comparison with a fire, but it is extraordinarily effective in most cases. The other extinguishers are, for the most part, little better than certificate candidates. If it's insurance certificates you're worried about, by all means carry the ABC Extinguishers which might help in the event. If you want to protect and potentially save your boat in extremis, however, have Halotron dispensers in you engine spaces and Fire Blankets and CO2 Canisters handy in your living spaces.

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I cannot offer more than my own experience over 50+ years, for what that's worth. Currently, the most effective means of fire fighting aboard a yacht are first, the fire blanket, then Halon (although that's now evidently against EPA Regulations) and its alternative variants Halotron et al in engine spaces and, finally, CO2 extinguishers. Despite representations to the contrary, unless one uses and extraordinary amount of CO2, the material does not, in and of itself, represent a health threat, at least not in comparison with a fire, but it is extraordinarily effective in most cases. The other extinguishers are, for the most part, little better than certificate candidates. If it's insurance certificates your worried about, by all means carry the ABC Extinguishers which might help in the event. If you want to protect and potentially save your boat in extremis, however, have Halotron dispensers in you engine spaces and CO2 Canisters handy in your living spaces.

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I concur with the above.. but would stress that a Dry Chemical extinguisher should only be used in the confines of a small boat when you really, seriously, have no other options left.

The mess they make is extreme and pretty much anything you use one on (including a stove or engine!) will likely never look or work quite the same ever again. To say they 'trash the place' is an understatement.

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