Proper Type of Fire Extinguishers
Type B--this type of fire extinguisher is for flammable liquids, such as oil or gasoline. Fire extinguishers must say "Marine Type USCG Approved" to be valid.
Length of Boat Requirments
Less than 16 feet--at least one type BI fire extinguisher if the boat has one or more of the following:
- an inboard engine
- closed compartments where fuel tanks may be stored (live wells, storage, etc)
- double bottom construction not sealed to the hull or not completely filled in with flotation materials
- closed compartments in which combustible or flammable materials are stored
- permanently installed fuel tanks
16 feet to less than 26 feet--at least one type BI fire extinguisher
26 feet to less than 40 feet--two type BI or one type BII
Over 40 feet--at least three type BI, or one type BI and one type BII
Motorboats with USCG approved built-in or affixed fire extinguishers are exempt from having a fire extinguisher in the motor area. They are required to have one BI or one BII fire extinguisher in the living space or galley.