Gearhead: Portable Fire Extinguishers Web Extra
ABYC GUIDELINES FOR FIXED FIRE EXTINGUISHERS FOR BOATS 65 FEET OR LESS IN LENGTH
Type of Boat
No. Of Extinguishers
USCG Type (see note 1)
ANSI/UL 711 Type (see notes 2&3)
Open boats under 16
Open boats over 16ft. in length
steering position and galley or passenger cockit
Boats under 26ft. in length
steering position and galley (see note 4) or passenger cockpit
Boats 26 ft. to under 40 ft. in length
outside engine compartment steering position adn gallery (see note 4), or passenger cockpit
Boats 40 ft. and over, but not over 65 ft. in length
outside engine compartment, steering position, crew's quarters, and galley (see Note 4) or passenger cockpit
1. If a discharge port is installed (ABYC A-188.8.131.52), a USCG Type B-I portable fire extinguisher may not be adequate.
2. Extinguishers intended for engine compartment protection in accordance with A-184.108.40.206 or A-4.6.4 are not required to have a Class A rating.
3. Boats under 26 feet in length without enclosed accommodation spaces or enclosed galleys may be equipped with a bucket with attached lanyard and a Class BC-rated extinguisher in lieu of Class ABC-rated portable fire extinguishers.
4. On boats having galley stoves, one of the required extinguishers shall be readily accessible thereto.