Group seeks marine partners in fire-protection study


The Fire Protection Research Foundation is looking for partners in the marina and fire-protection industries to help find cost-effective fire-protection solutions for drystack and other indoor boat storage operations.

The idea to conduct this research came from a session at last year's International Marina Institute fall conference. Among the topics of discussion was the hardships marina owners face in obtaining building and fire department approvals for drystacks.

The foundation proposes researching fire suppression methods for indoor boat storage with the goal of creating a standard for sprinkler and fire-suppression requirements that building and fire officials can use.

The study's focus will be on the issue of water from sprinkler systems collecting in drystacked boats and creating a risk of collapse. Some research has been completed on the ability of boats to shed water and limit this risk, but additional testing could help resolve the issue.

The foundation is seeking industry support in the form of financial contributions and/or in-kind donations, which can include:

  • boats
  • boat storage rack/facility
  • boat transport
  • boat handling

The total contribution needed for initial study is $150,000. A full-scale test program would cost $750,000.

Anyone interested in assisting with the research can contact Fire Protection Research Foundation executive director Kathleen Almand at (617) 984-7282 or


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