Fire Extinguishers

Every motorboat, unless exempt, must have the correct number, size and type of Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers.

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.