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Gosh. I wonder what "sparked" since he wasnt trying to start the boat when it went "pop"?
I don't know if he used his blowers or not but if he left the bilge full of gas vapor, any number of things could've done it.
 
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It's anybodys guess as to what happened, but since it went up in flames very shortly after he started it, I would still lean to it first igniting right when he turned the ignition. I'm only saying this since it happens this way so many times, and with the statement about the engine hatch slightly open and the other hatches open, that probably saved him from the real big inital BOOM!!?

Who knows, but it sure could have ended up much worse.

Good lesson for I/O owners though...... open hatches, motor compartment, turn on blowers all before and during starting her up. Keep em open for a few after the start, take a look..... and then close em all up. I always opened my motor hatch and 2 other hatches on my skippy well before starting....... it's an easy thing to do, and only takes seconds to open those hatches, and a few minutes more to air out the engine compartment some more........... good piece of mind imo.

The unknown fisherman:p:
 
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Ib1

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I was kind of under the impression that the 'pop' blew the hatches open, and subsequently fire was coming out.. Perhaps the fuel vapor was already present, and the ignition spark ignited it all. If this is the case, the blower might have saved the day..?
 
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    I too was "thinkin" the "pop" blew the hatches open? dont know

    I have had an IO for 30 years now...what I do is go to the back of the boat and put my nose down next to the vent that the blower is blowing out of and give it a good long sniff....if I smell no gas, I go ahead and start the engine.....knock on woody...I have never smelled gas
     
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    I was kind of under the impression that the 'pop' blew the hatches open, and subsequently fire was coming out..

    I too was "thinkin" the "pop" blew the hatches open?

    You guys are probably right. I just read into it differently at first.

    The unknown fisherman:p:
     
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    bman440440

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    I was kind of under the impression that the 'pop' blew the hatches open, and subsequently fire was coming out.. Perhaps the fuel vapor was already present, and the ignition spark ignited it all. If this is the case, the blower might have saved the day..?

    yes you are correct... the boat was running for about 5 mins... here is his normal procedure...... he starts the boat on the trailer... lets it run until water temp was up to 130-140 then he backs it off the trailer and pulls over to the dock and ties up... and same for this day... the "pop" is what blew open the hatches and cover... he has and does run blower(he has two 250 CFM hi volume low noise blowers)... his has 2 ways of getting power... by the "blower switch" and automatically from the key... so more than likely it is a high pressure fuel line failure... its and MPI motor so there is no open carb letting fumes into the engine compartment and like stated before the lines are new(about 6-7 months) to and from the tank... this happened as he was at the dock getting ready to tie up
     
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    HookEmDanO

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    You guys are probably right. I just read into it differently at first.

    The unknown fisherman:p:

    you may be correct...only the boat owner knows for sure...I just thought it strange that he wood open the engine hatch and the other 2 hatches on each side of it...BUT...you do the same...I just took a diff approach with my sniff test
     
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    HookEmDanO

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    ok...I see the "pop" did blow the all hatches

    still....soooooooooooo sad to see this happen to a 2352 !
     
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    bman440440

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    ok...I see the "pop" did blow the all hatches

    still....soooooooooooo sad to see this happen to a 2352 !

    yes I agree!! one of the cleanest boats on the water and the cleanest 2352's I have ever seen no question!
    after EVERY trip full complete scrub and wash... and hundreds of magic erasers... 2 to 3 used per trip! even the cabin looked as if it where a new boat not a 18 year old boat
     
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    Ib1

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    I didn't know the boat at all, but it was painful to see it going down the road in that condition. After seeing the damage first hand, I was just relieved that no one was injured, cuz it sure looked like it could have easily killed someone(s).
     
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    bman440440

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    I didn't know the boat at all, but it was painful to see it going down the road in that condition. After seeing the damage first hand, I was just relieved that no one was injured, cuz it sure looked like it could have easily killed someone(s).

    yes me too... happy it was at the dock... if that happened out at sea with how fast it happened it could have been a LONG time before anyone knew something was wrong and started a rescue search... he did not have an epirb onboard.
     
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    tanner.s

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    Sounds like a stroke of unavoidable bad luck. Sucks that it happened to someone who has his boat in order like that.

    Sent from my SM-G925V using Tapatalk
     
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    Just a observation from the video, is it worse for the environment to put out the floating burning fuel or control it and let it burn off?
     
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    bman440440

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    Just a observation from the video, is it worse for the environment to put out the floating burning fuel or control it and let it burn off?

    they let it burn off... it took 3 hours to do... they just kept it from burning up other property like the dock and such.
     
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    Why would they use this headline if they don't know
     
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    holy crap... 1st time I seen that pic!! barf
     
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    bman440440

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    update.... fire inspector found that it was caused due to battery/electrical... main battery failure caused wiring harness to melt into fuel system... that's why it took so long for it to catch fire and explode!!
    187burned.jpg
     
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    Something to check on all boats now
     
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    HookEmDanO

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    what exactly are you going to check? always willing to learn from a boat burning or a boat sinking...and I happen to have this same type boat
     
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