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Hull Material Tradeoffs: Wood/FiberglassPlastic/Aluminum/Steel

Discussion in 'Boats and Boating Equipment' started by MichaelMc, Sep 7, 2019.

  1. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    The big picture is fire prevention and mitigation from well maintained systems and common sense.

    Your question about hull material is too broad and has too many variables to consider. There is no such thing as the perfect boat. Every decision has tradeoffs and while fire is always a concern on any boat there's a big difference between in concerns for a 40 ft. center console and a 40 ft. overnight cabin boat.
     
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  2. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Flame retardants are some of the most environmentally problematic chemicals ever made. Most of the older ones are halogen based (PCBs, PBDEs). New ones are often phosphate based. Then there are the thousands of varieties of PFAS. Saying there is a new peer reviewed publication on the a new impact to people or the environment from flame retardants every day is not an understatement at all. Many are incredibly persistent, bioaccumulate, and resistant to any kind of breakdown or decay too. Tumor promotion, immunosuppression, low sperm counts, fetal development delays, neurologic development the list goes on and on. Just slathering on magic chemicals is not a good bandaid to fire mitigation.
     
  3. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    Agreed.

    I just put that out there, since in my industry it's ONLY used for items that can't (or haven't) been constructed from flame retardant materials

    As you're aware You're only trying to buy time, and fire protection is multi layered and defined by the weakest link. Eg. A fire door with 30 mins rating is useless is the surrounding walls, floors and ceilings don't match or exceed that time rating.

    Considering any rule changes that might come about post Conception investigation, there would (In other sectors at least) be different rules for new builds vs existing builds, and as always there has to be a balance between "perfection" and what is practical and economic viable, especially for retrofitting and converting existing vessels
     

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