Good Morning Boating Community-
I see pictures from time to time of boats on fire, and although accidents happen, I want to remind you what is mainly the cause. We, as boaters, are usually impatient, and ready to go BOATING!! Well, take a minute, remember the steps to safely start your venture. Like, the sport of golf, there are (3) simple rules.
1) Turn on your blower at least (4) minutes prior to attempting to start.
2) Turn on your blower at least (4) minutes prior to attempting to start.
3) Turn on your !@#$% blower at least (4) minutes prior to attempting to start.
Anytime I am at a no wake speed or prior to starting a boat, I have the blower on. The gas fumes from your boat, or others around you will lay low in the bilge. When any spark from an electric motor, or wrenches banging off something that would create a spark, or any other example, this will create a flash fire, and/or explosion. I saw a post from a well known social media site, and one of the posts was from a boat fire survivor. They apologized for the graphic photos, but they wanted to EMPHASIZE the importance of boat safety. They were lucky to be alive. It happens in an instant, and no matter the hurry, as the CAPTAIN, you are responsible for all to have a safe return.
Folks ask sometimes, is it okay to always run your blower. Other than maybe while fueling ( you can bring the fumes from the fuel dock on thru your fresh air intake), and the fact that it will need replaced/maintained more…… the answer is yes. It is a cheap part to replace. As a matter of fact, does your blower seem quiet while it pushes/pulls air into the bilge? OR is it a bit LOUD? Replace it for a piece of mind so you don’t have a BLOWER FAILURE while out for the day or weekend.
Oh, and before I forget: For rules 1), 2), and 3) of golf.
Keep your head down…
You’re welcome! Boat Safe my Friends,
Atlanta Boat Broker