The Boater's Guide of New Hampshire: A Handbook of Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the New Hampshire Marine Patrol - Web Version
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Every vessel that has an engine other than an electric motor must have a fire extinguisher on board. See the table below for the exact requirements. Foam, carbon dioxide, dry chemical, and halon extinguishers may be used to fight Type B fires.
Approved types of fire extinguishers are identified by the following marking on the label—“Marine Type USCG Approved”—followed by the type and size symbols and the approval number.
Extinguishers should be placed in an accessible area—not near the engine or in a compartment, but where they can be reached immediately. Be sure you know how to operate them, and inspect extinguishers regularly to ensure they are in working condition and fully charged.
Use this chart to determine the size and quantity required for your vessel.
Fire Extinguisher Requirements
|Classification||Foam||Carbon Dioxide||Dry Chemical|
|type & size||minimum gallons||minimum pounds||minimum pounds|
|Length of Vessel||Without Fixed System||With Fixed System*|
|Less than 26 ft.||one B-I||none|
|26 ft. to less than 40 ft.||two B-I or one B-II||one B-I|
|40 ft. to less than 65 ft.||three B-I or one B-II and one B-I||two B-I or one B-II|
Fire Extinguisher Charge Indicators
Check the charge level of your fire extinguishers regularly. Replace them immediately if they are not fully charged.