5 Ways We Are Updating Our Thinking On Fire Fighting

Earlier in the year, I wrote an article on a new small, but very effective, fire extinguisher from Maus.

The article itself did not move the needle of fire safety on boats, except to bring attention to a new and interesting product.

But the ensuing comment stream was fascinating and included participation from a chemical engineer, a fire expert and a professional fire fighter, that, together with discussion from other members, I learned a lot from.

And based on that learning, Phyllis and I made several changes to the fire fighting gear we carry and our thinking on how we would use it. That's what this article is about.

But before I get into that, I need to make a few things clear:

  • I'm not an expert on fire fighting at sea.
  • I'm not suggesting that anyone else adopt our approach.
  • I'm not recommending or endorsing any of the gear we have bought—simply not qualified to do so.
My only intent is to share our approach in the hope that it will inspire others to listen to experts, do research, and come up with a fire fighting system that makes the most sense to them.

With that out of the way, here are four things we changed recently, and one change we made a couple of years ago:

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John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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