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Old 03-08-2016, 04:51 PM   #41
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Here is the data from Watermark Marina in Wilmington, NC.

Number of Sprinkler Heads: 1,837
Square Footage: 616,000

Project Details: This is a boat storage facility including multiple levels of racks for boat storage. The building is protected by four dry pipe sprinkler systems and a 2000 GPM diesel fire pump.
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Old 03-08-2016, 04:52 PM   #42
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That's what the Portland facility was I believe.
Got it. I should pay closer attention. I assumed it was one of the many covered in-water marinas.
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Got it. I should pay closer attention. I assumed it was one of the many covered in-water marinas.
That's fine. The in water marinas are a separate issue as to whether they are required to have pumps on the docks.
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This was a point I was wondering about boats stored inside not capable of shedding water quickly...danged if you do...danged if you don't (provide adequate protection).

"The large water flow capabilities of these newer sprinklers needs to evaluated in conjunction with the risk of too rapidly filling boats in rack storage with water and quickly overloading the structural system."

The foam sounds interesting but complicated....
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Old 03-08-2016, 06:15 PM   #45
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I would guess one of the most common cause is things electrical. If I owned an indoor dry stack I would make it a requirement that each boat have a batt disconnect and launch crew would turn batts off before putting a boat in the rack.

Bilge pumps running dry, stereos and stereo amps, blower motors, light fixtures... All these I have seen smoking in boats, but no fire.. yet.

Also a few starters engaging due to moisure in ign switches. Those will crank engines until something burns up.

Once a fire starts in these things, it will be dang hard to stop as y'all have noted in posts above.

Best to not have a fire start at all.

Batts off, risk much lower.
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:22 PM   #46
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Seems to me that Mr. Blumenstein was already working the insurance company over!
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