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Re: Safety on board when sailing alone
" Between getting hurt and cleaning up a mess I would take cleaning up a mess. Admittedly this is a last resort so agree with you but as the propellant comes out its at a freezing temperature"
Next time I use one (we drill with them often) I'll have to stick a hand in there. I've never noticed anything "freezing" about them, they are NOT CO2 extinguishers. Even with the larger dry powder extinguishers, I've never noticed any cold or received any warning about that.
Instead...we are cautioned to wear eye and mouth (filter) protection because that damned yellow powder is going to get in everything and everyone, and it is not good stuff. Respiratory and eye irritant. If you think cleaning it up is easy...you haven't had to do so yet. You will find it penetrates places where you are sure it couldn't get, and it just keeps coming back after you've cleaned it "all" out.
You really need to USE one, to appreciate the stuff. Personally I prefer CO2 or water, but even a "freezing" CO2 spray is easily batted away with an arm. With yellow powder, your attacker will remain on an equal par with you: Both blind in the dust fog. And the attack continues.
"not shared for the trolls" Yes. I hate filling out paperwork. When I was racing we had a simple motto on the boat: "If you leave no survivors, you don't waste any time with the protest committee."
I wonder if that works outside the racing circuit too?