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Re: Sailing failures
Concerns for fire (for me) are mostly related to electrical and propane. I had one "over heating" experience related to 110v shore power which I avoid ... ie not in a slip running amp hungry devices. I use the 110v battery charger when I am on board in the slip in winter storage and rely on a few solar panels to keep the batts topped up. You want a good circuit breaker / protect system for sure.
Propane is heavier than air and can accumulate in bilges and explode from an electrical spark. Propane locker needs to have an over board "drain" for any escaped gas. My system has a manual shut off in a locker behind the cooker, a solenoid switch on the bulkhead next to this locker as well. Gas is only turned on to cook. Valve is closed in winter storage. Our S-2 solonoid includes gas sensor alarms. I have a sensor below the cooker. Boat is well ventilated!
I have fire extinguishers under the companionway behind the steps next to the galley and one in the aft cabin. Do not have one in the engine compartment (automatic)... but diesel is pretty hard to ignite I believe... not like gasoline or their fumes.
Fires are scary stuff. I saw a stinkpot explode on the hard at the NYAC just before its launch I think... don't know if it was caused by propane or gasoline. Could have turned into a big disaster. Fire department came very quickly.
pay attention... someone's life depends on it