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Ok, now that I have your attention.... I recently think, hell, I KNOW, I won the dumb ass of the year award for an on-board fire that for which I was completely responsible. I left an electric lamp too close to some towels, and up they went. Fortunately some folks a few slips down noticed the smoke and were able to contact me so that I could come and unlock the boat so we could get a hose in to dowse the flames. Again, fortunately, the only thing burning at that time was the overhead grab rail. There was still some smoking coming from various areas on the cabin top, but no active burning. The fire melted my handheld GPS and the depth finder head, as well as melting/warping all four ports in the main saloon.

Otherwise the main damage seems to be the smoke damage to the cabin overhead and the smoke/smudge remains on all the cabin bulkheads, even down under the settees. I've tried using TSP and was able to clean most of the soot/smudge from the V-berth where the smucge was lighttest, but there is some that I can't get to or is too stubborn to remove.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to use that will get this crap off, or should i consider contracting out to someone with fire restoration experience?

Once the smoke residue is out there will be a lot of sanding, gel coating and painting in store for the main cabin top where the worst of the damage was sustained. Fortunately, again, nothing burned through other than the safety rail and everything else is structurally sound.

Thanks for any help or suggestions....
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If you can afford it, get a fire restoration/cleanup company to help you. There's probably one that has some experience with boat fires, if you're in an area with a lot of boating. Florida probably has several, since lightning is so common down there.
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Another good reason to use LED bulbs...
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we had a house fire two years back, luckily mostly just smoke damage...
the company that did the cleaning used those mr clean / clorox erasers. Amazon.com: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8-Count Boxes (Pack of 3): Health & Personal Care
they work very well, and if you are not covered by insurance, or just think you can handle the cleanup, try those.

the cleaning company, cleaned the house, but my wife re-cleaned everything...
so in my opinion they are great to hire for grunt work cleaning, but you will always need to clean again after them....

glad you and the boat are safe

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Would it be advised to have a surveyor check the structural integrity of the deck in this situation?
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Glad you still have a boat.

I'm switching my lighting to LED. Remember touching those little lights while working on the boat, and they're darned hot.

Think I'll just shut all electrical systems off when I leave the boat. Going to simply run a dedicated battery for the bilge pumps, and trickle charge the house batteries.

Is that wise? I'm reading Don Casey's Sailboat Electrics Simplied right now.
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I'd expect an electric pressure sprayer (Cheap one, $100, or $25/day rental) and some good detergent would get the rest off. If it is on painted surfaces, the heat may have fused it in, and repainting with an epoxy paint or something similar may be needed to coat over it.

It's sad that those "folks" didn't have a fire axe, I'd rather break open a companionway and PUT OUT a fire, than make a phone call and wait for someone to come unlock it. (Fires multiply FAST.)

Funny how businesses and "institutions" used to have fire axes mounted on the wall by the fire hose, now they are terribly hard to find.
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