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Old 01-05-2010, 04:05 PM   #1
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Hey fellow Sport boaters,

UPDATED WITH PHOTO. Now that my boat is approaching 6 months of age (since I bought it new), I am beginning to get the courage to drill a few holes to install a couple of things. First off, I am thinking of mounting the fire extinguisher on the "foot" panel under the instrument panel. First question...is this a good spot? Anyone have other suggestions for location? Next question...I have heard that it is best to mount it sideways as opposed to straight up and down (adds to the life of the contents). Is this true and / or a good idea? Don't want to drill any more holes than I have to and the first one is gonna be hard enough as it is! Finally, while I am 100% satisfied with the performance ( hole shot / pulling tubers, skiers / top speed) I have been told that installing Smart Tabs is a good idea. Anyone care to share their thoughts / experiences. I have heard they help with low speed "wander" and handling. Thanks in advance guys.
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Fire Extinguisher Location:
-> Easily viewable
-> easily accessible.
-> NOT located near a fire hazzard. (i.e.- NOT along the back of the galley, where you would risk having to reach through a galley fire to reach the extinguisher. Not IN the engine compartment which would require that you
open the engine hatch and reach into the flaming engine compartment to reach the extinguisher). Basically, locate the most like location for a boat fire and place an extinguisher where it can be easily reached without putting
you in harm's way.

Fire Extinguisher Orientation:
-> The contents of a fireexteinguisher can settle and cake at the bottom of a fire extinguisher. The theory behind mouting is sideways is that the contents won't settle and cake to the bottom of the canister. Instead they'll settle and cake along the side of the canister. How many fire extinguishers do you see mounted sideways on firetrucks and in public spaces of buildings (stores, offices, etc)? In my opinion, you should be shaking up your fire extinguishers on a regular basis, making sure that the contents never settle, or if the do settle it is not for so long that they cake up and render the extinguisher unusable. Once a month I shake the crap out of my extinguishers, then turn them upside down and whack them a handful of times on the bottom. I even shake them like a ketchup bottle to move the stuff around. That should be sufficient. I also remove them from teh boat during winter storage.
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ey brian

at my former boat i installed the fire ext. under both two captainchairs (yes i installed 2 of them) everybody on the boat (me my wife and i knew where they were installed) no holes in the hull so no problemo.......

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Mounting location is a good question. Ed, since you and I have the same boat, I'll be curious where you decide to mount yours. Extinguishers can be heavy - I wonder if through bolts with blocking behind should be used.

I was thinking on the port side just in front of the passenger seat on the wall that separates the cockpit from the cabin.

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Hey fellow Sport boaters,

I have been told that installing Smart Tabs is a good idea. Anyone care to share their thoughts / experiences. I have heard they help with low speed "wander" and handling. Thanks in advance guys.
I'm going through this drill now Brian with my 2400 SC3. From what I read the self adjusting Smart Tabs are just so-so and cannot help with compensating for a list to port or starboard. Also, since they are always "down" to some degree they can cause issues with backing.

I'll be installing adjustable tabs on mine, just don't yet know which ones.

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Thanks for the insight guys. Appreciate it.
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Mounting location is a good question. Ed, since you and I have the same boat, I'll be curious where you decide to mount yours. Extinguishers can be heavy - I wonder if through bolts with blocking behind should be used.

I was thinking on the port side just in front of the passenger seat on the wall that separates the cockpit from the cabin.

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i didnt thought about it yet where to mount them, did'nt looked under the seats yet, i'll start thinking about it when he is swimming again and let you know wich options i've made....

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"...I am thinking of mounting the fire extinguisher on the "foot" panel under the instrument panel."

That is where I put mine.

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I have an 1800 sr3 with an Automatic Powder extinguisher mounted inside the engine bay and then the manual foam one in the cockpit here.....
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i didnt thought about it yet where to mount them, did'nt looked under the seats yet, i'll start thinking about it when he is swimming again and let you know wich options i've made....

ed

hai dan......

i have installed them under the seats, for me that was the best. no drilling holes in the fiber.

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