Fire Damages New Electric Stan-Craft On Lake Tahoe – No One Was Hurt


Thanks Hampster for the report. UPDATE! The Event took place on Friday the 11th and is an Electric Boat – No fire just a lot of smoke. Well, you know what they say? Where?

This afternoon the station received a report of a vessel on fire at Homewood Marina. Upon arrival, the station found North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District on scene battling a fire on an electric boat. Fortunately, no one was injured during this fire, and no property damage to the pier was reported.

This is an important reminder to know where your fire safety equipment is while onboard a vessel. Fires happen quickly on boats, so being prepared is your best chance of stopping a fire quickly. Be safe out there!

I know for many of us here, we are combustion freaks. I get that? But time does march on, and one must push the envelope to make it all work better. I personally think an electric boat in the water is a disaster waiting to happen. But one day I will be proven wrong, because things will all be worked out. I do know in Europe it’s all normal. Going electric car and boat is just another way to get around. So kudos to Stan Craft, hacker and the others for pushing. Now back to the comments on how much we all hate Electric stuff.

13 replies
  1. Waldo
    Waldo says:

    I have been reading about all of the fires on Ro Ro car carriers. One of Holland had a fire, 456 Volkswagens battery ignited. Burned all the 3500 other cars. One last year sunk with BMW, VW, Bentley, Rolls Royce. Putting out the electric car fire put so much water in the boat that it rolled over and sank. 400 million dollars worth of cars. By one and you better not put it in the garage if you don’t want your house to burn to the ground. What fun electric cars.

  2. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    Electrical fires can be quite toxic (not that gas powered boat fires are less toxic) depending on what started it and what’s burning. Plus, water is not recommended to extinguish.

  3. Reddog
    Reddog says:

    And the government is pushing the “Go Electric” ….. I think we need a little more testing before we’re ready for that…. Lots of people are having problems with fires while charging electric bicycle batteries. Many have burned garages or basements because of this.

  4. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    While electric may be the future there are still many issues to need be resolved before it becomes a reliable alterative to what we have now. To me the number 1 issue being where is all the electricity coming from that we will need! That being said, however, I’m sure 120 years ago they were saying the same thing about issues with the internal combustion engine.

    Having been to the Hessel Show yesterday and hearing the roar of the engines, especially the 12-cylinder beasts, is music to my ears and can’t be replaced by the quiet hum of an electric motor. As usual the show was well attended on a cool cloudy day and the organizers did an outstanding job – especially the launch/retrieve crew who are ethe best!

  5. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    I was there also. It was a fie show with high quality boats. over 130 boats were there.

  6. Chuck Crosby
    Chuck Crosby says:

    Just curious, how do you put out an electric battery fire in a car such as theFord E-Mustang or the Stan Craft boat that burnt just a half mile north the the Tahoe boat show?

    • jim g
      jim g says:

      You don’t. The fire department is there to try to keep it from spreading. It takes a special foam to put out a lithium battery. Most fire departments do not have it.

      But speaking on boat fires in general. Its best to not try and fight it. Your best advantage is to have an automatic fire extinguisher with a manual set off at the dash. If you suspect a fire on your boat. First throw everybody else in the water. Then do not lift the hatch or engine box. Put the extinguisher in a vent hole on the engine box or a vent on the deck. If and once you do that jump overboard. Its really best to jump with everybody else.

      If you want to see what happens when you open and engine hatch or lift an engine box and induce a lot of oxygen into a smoldering fire. Watch the movie Backdraft it could save your life.

      • Jack Thee Boat Hack
        Jack Thee Boat Hack says:

        Great info.
        Hell, I opened the microwave door to a smoldering bag of popcorn and it promptly ignited and set off the fire alarm .

  7. Dan Overbeek in MI
    Dan Overbeek in MI says:

    From my experience, class D extinguishers work on lithium batteries. Many fire departments carry one on their engine, although one extinguisher many not be enough to extinguish a fire. I have put out a lithium battery fire with a copious amount of water. By this, I mean hundreds of gallons per minute. But this should be left to professionals. While backdrafts and flashovers are real concerns, do not believe everything you see on TV. My opinion concerning fires, have good insurance and get well away from them when they occur. There, that is my two cents worth.

  8. John McCullough
    John McCullough says:

    Wonder if anyone has any update on boat? My son and I were 1/2 mile away when it happened. Certainly a lot of smoke and wonder if boat survived.

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