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Like I said, they do make a fire resistant foam. I just do not think I would go to the expense. For wire rins, you could spend a few extra bucks and run the wiring through UV elec grade PVC conduit (the gray stuff). It is also available at home depot. But just being honest, I would not.

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Anyone know the ABYC rules on this?

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Like I said, they do make a fire resistant foam. I just do not think I would go to the expense. For wire rins, you could spend a few extra bucks and run the wiring through UV elec grade PVC conduit (the gray stuff). It is also available at home depot. But just being honest, I would not.

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Ain't got no wires & stuff up there anyways, but good idea.

I'm curious about the ABYC question.
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Astro-foil

we go out a lot in winter in british columbia.

I make limited use of "astro-foil" - an air filled polyethylene bubble between two reflective foil layers. It is light, thin, easily cut, can be used indoors or out, water resistant, cheap, easy to work with and has both reflective and conductive insulating properties.

I dont use it anywhere that fire might be an issue.

I found it at a local hardware store where they were selling it mostly as additional insulation for hot hater heaters.

see it at, eg:

ASTRO-FOIL - Reflects Heat - Stops Air Infiltration - Acts as Vapor Barrier
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insulation

there is an insulation called "armaflex" that is fire resistant - installation on boats is covered in the "plastic classic" forum.
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Thanks for the link, I'll check it out
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Has anyone tried this stuff

ARMAFLEX http://www.armacell.com/www/armacell...e?OpenDocument
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Honestly.. by the time the toxic fumes from the foam hit you.. wouldn't you already be dead? Or at least off the boat? Just some thoughts of my own
Denise, the idea is avoid being dead!! As for being "off the boat".....it's kinda hard offshore, but I guess that's what the life raft is for. But then launching a raft during a fire is complicated by the wind putting the smoke where you'd normally launch the raft (lee side). Flamable insulation is just a necessary evil, I guess.

I remember what a crusty old Chief told into me in the Navy: "Sir, a fire at sea can ruin your entire day. Best to avoid them altogether, but if you have to have one, keep it small and kill it quick." I only experienced one fire at sea. It was small, but really scary. I was truly imazed at how rapidly the smoke filled the spaces and how hot the steel bulkheads got.
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