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simonmeridew posted 04-02-2002 08:01 PM ET (US)   Profile for simonmeridew   Send Email to simonmeridew  
I try to keep my montauk legal as far as Federal and state requirements go...nav lights, flares, PFD's, etc. I picked up a booklet at the Maine Boatbuilders Show a couple of weeks ago put out by the USCG. On page 17 where it talks about which boats need fire extinguishers and how many etc. it says,"Approved extinguishers must be inspected and tagged by a recognized fire extinguisher servicing company within 1 year of the examination to be credited as one of the required fire extinguishers...."
So I looked at my FI and saw no tag recording inspection at all. Well, might as well get started this year on the right foot, so I bought a new one in West Marine last weekend. Got it home--I'm bummed--there's a blank tag, no evidence of inspection, and it's brand new. Did I just waste $20? Does anyone get their FIs inspected yearly? They talk in the pamphlet about checking the guage and weighing it, is there anything else?
reelescape1 posted 04-02-2002 08:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
The only things they've checked on mine is the gauge shows pressure and that it's "loose" inside! He picked it up and shook it!
Dick posted 04-02-2002 09:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
The way I read it is that the CG is adressing the larger re-chargable fire extinguishers.
As long as your 5BC or 10BC dry chem extinguisher shows good on the gauge and shakes it is OK.
LKS posted 04-02-2002 09:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for LKS  Send Email to LKS     
The local yacht club in the marina where we moor sponsors an inspection each spring. If there's a gauge on the extinguisher, they weigh them and check to see that the contents are not packed and hardened. If the weight is within certain specifications and they're less than 7 years (I think) old, they'll tag them. They charge a couple of bucks per extinguisher. Well worth the price, I think, to be sure you've got one on board that's most likely going to work in an emergency. Note that they won't tag the ones with a push-button on the top, only the ones with gauges. Good luck. == LKS

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