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It’s Easy to Be Prepared for Safe Boating on the Water


Every morning the TotalBoatShow INBOX gets a google news alert tagging interesting news items that are “boating” related. It is both stunning and upsetting to read the daily news pieces that clog up the feed reporting on boating tragedies. Today feels especially tragic because Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández, one of baseball’s brightest stars, was killed early yesterday morning in a boating accident off the Miami coast. Continue reading

7 Days in a Liferaft

Well this is interesting. You know if someone thought it up (anything) it will be video-ed and on YouTube. This bloke decided to spend 7 days in his liferaft and video the whole thing. This edited version bring light to some great preparation tips for your ditch bag and life raft and while he was not drifting off at sea, he was stuffed inside for 7 days with no external help and with only the supplies he brought with him.

Have you considered your plan for man overboard? For abandoning ship? It’s easy to be complacent about things you feel will never happen to you, but it is important to have a plan in place and if you go anywhere offshore, a liferaft with a ditch bag at the ready are imperative. (sometimes in near coastal cruising a proper dinghy will suffice along with a solid emergency plan. Emergencies happen!)

To make the endeavor more exciting and worthwhile, the gent lost at sea (he’s a Brit, have you guessed by now?) decided to use his “stunt” as a fundraiser and science preject – doing research on how his body and mind were faring over the course of the 7 days. POrtsmouth Uninversity in the UK helped with the science, and in the end (so far!) he has raised  a grand total of more than £10,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. (Also in the UK)

Check out how he  endured his time at “sea” and make your emergency plan for your own boat now. The article about this experiment came out on August 6th in Motorboat & Yachting Magazine. Read more here.

New 2015 : Ships in Storm – Monster Waves of The Sea

Grab some dramamine and hold on to your hat, because we are guessing you might click and watch the full length of this video even though 99% of us would never dare to go to sea in these conditions. Why is it so entertaining? For the same reason people chase ambulances, probably: It isn’t our problem. Safe and dry at our computer – it sure is hard to imagine what it would be like to ride these massive waves. Even when the video is shot from the bridge of a giant tanker or ship, it is hard to translate to how we might survive these conditions in our own little (by comparison) boats…. and yet we watch.

TotalBoat show is here for you for just that reason. While we want every one of you to run out and try our TotalBoat products (have you?), we mostly want to find and filter for you the best, most interesting and awesome boating videos and news. All in one place. Every day. All salty or steamy (as in steam bending steamy….) boatbuilding, boat loving or boating tips that we deem “awesome” will be delivered to this page just for you.

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Thanks for reading and watching.

Video: Fiberglass Boat Fire / Onboard Fire Safety Info

Didn’t take long for that little boat to become engulfed in flames, reaching temps close to 1000 degrees fahrenheit. YIKES! Scary. Boat fires happen often, and many times when no one is aboard. However there is little luck involved with a boat fire….

Since Spring refuses to bear it’s face around here on the East Coast, it’s difficult to get to most boats, much less get the project lists, underway. That makes it a great time to start working from the inside out on your launching to-do list.  Safety – updated flares, working horns and PFDs, seem to make the top of everyone’s spring checklist, but when was the last time you checked your fire extinguishers? Hopefully the answer is last season, but after months in storage and in varying temps, it’s a great time to make sure you have the right equipment working properly to keep you alive in the event of an onboard fire.

While we have your attention, take a few minutes to review the ABC’s of marine firefighting. Here are some basics to know from our friends at Boat US.

A man demonstrating the PASS technique for fighting a fire.

Fire Extinguishers 
The Coast Guard requires boats to have at least one B-1 marine fire extinguisher on board. Depending on the size of your boat you may need more than one. Boats under 26′ have to have at least one B-1 fire extinguisher on board. Boats 26′-40′ need to have at least two B-1 fire extinguishers on board. If the boat has a USCG approved fire extinguisher system installed for protection of the engine compartment, then the units may be reduced. Please refer to the chart for the number of extinguishers required for your boat. Our recommendation is to have a tri-class (1A:10BC) fire extinguisher on board your boat. We also suggest you have more than the Coast Guard requires. Now we know how many we need on board, but how do they work?

How to use a Fire Extinguisher

A person fighting a controled fire on land in an empty parking lot.

Know how to use a fire extinguisher before you are in a situation where you have to use it. Fire extinguishers are labeled according to the type of fire on which they may be used. Fires involving wood or cloth, flammable liquids, electrical current or a combination of those will each react differently to extinguishers. Using the wrong type of extinguisher on a particular type of fire could be dangerous and make matters even worse.Simply Remember the P-A-S-S Word!In the heat of the moment reading the directions on the extinguisher is an after-thought.

  1. Pull the pin at the top of the cylinder
  2. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
  3. Squeeze or press the handle
  4. Sweep the contents from side to side at the base of the fire until it goes out

Fire extinguishers are labeled with the type of fire they can suppress. Most common marine fire extinguisher will be labeled as B:C or A:B:C.

Vessel Length No Fixed System With approved Fixed Systems
Less than 26′ 1 B-1 0
26′ to less than 40′ 2 B-1 or 1 B-II 1 B-1
40′ to 65′ 3 B-1 or 1 B-II and 1 B-1 2 B-1 or 1 B-II

Testers’ Choice:

Staff Choice: First Alert Extinguisher by Kitty.

The Kidde and First Alert 1-A:10-B:C are the Foundation picks for best all around for the price. About $5 more per extinguisher will give you the added security when trying to put out a small fire aboard your boat.