Use this chart to determine the type and quantity of fire extinguishers required for your vessel.
|Length of Vessel||Without Fixed System||With Fixed System*|
|Less than 26 feet||one 5-B||none|
|26 feet to less
than 40 feet
|two 5-B (or one 20-B)||one 5-B|
|40 feet to less
than 65 feet
|three 5-B (or one 20-B and one 5-B)||two 5-B (or one 20-B)|
|*refers to a permanently installed fire extinguisher system|
Note: One 20-B portable fire extinguisher may be substituted for two 5-B portable fire extinguishers. For vessels with a model year between 1953 and 2017, one 20-B/B-II portable fire extinguisher may be substituted for two 5-B/B-I portable fire extinguishers.
To receive a permit authorizing the use of a vessel as a place of principal habitation or vacation site, the vessel must have on board the required number of portable fire extinguisher according to the vessel’s length.
- Up to 25 feet, at least one B-I or larger extinguisher is required.
- Over 25 feet and up to 50 feet, at least two B-I or larger extinguishers are required.
- Over 50 feet and up to 75 feet, at least three B-I or larger extinguishers are required.
- At least one additional fire extinguisher is required for each additional 25 feet or fraction thereof.