Boat explodes in water near Anderson Annex

Man drives self to hospital.
Courtney Astolfi
Aug 15, 2013

 

A boat explosion on Anderson Annex sent one man to the hospital today at about 3 p.m.

According to Sandusky firefighters, a man, likely a mechanic working on the 20-foot Welcraft power boat, may have suffered burns and drove himself to Firelands Regional Medical Center. At least two neighbors helped tame the blaze with fire extinguishers.

The explosion is still being investigated, firefighters said.  

Pick up a copy of Friday's Register for more details. 

Comments

Eph 2 8-10

I smell gas in my bilge.... Hope the fellow is OK.

Gardenman

Where is Anderson Annex???

Eph 2 8-10

Off Meigs....I think.

Capt. Ford

Being in the business, this is one situation that requires the most attention to detail. Anytime you work on the fuel system needs your full attention, no smoking, adequate ventilation, wipe up the spills, triple check your connections, even that little sheen that collects at a connection and evaporates can be fatal.

Stop It

It's not rocket science Cap... I pay that attention to detail on my lawn mower.

totallyamazed

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Thanks for the reminders Capt. All too often the weekend warrior (not saying the guy in this story was) slacks off when digging into a motor. Build up of vapors will ruin your day if ignited.
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Gardenman

Thank you Eph 1 8-10 Have never heard of Anderson Annex.

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2cents

The gasoline vapor is heaver than air and settles to the bottom of the bilge. Running the bilge blower is a good move to purge vapors, it should always be run five minuets before starting any inboard gasoline vessel. Good old Anderson Annex, remember the fire that wiped out all the boat houses? Including mine :0

Licorice Schtick

Yes, running the blower is a good move, and more; it's an absolute necessity. Every. Time. Safe boating 101.

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2cents

I designed a bilge blower control that would automatically start the blower if the ignition was turned on or the operator pressed a blower start button. It had a buzzer to tell you, you were being unsafe if you turned on the ignition switch within five minutes of starting the blower. It also had a timer that would run the blower about fifteen minutes to clear the harbor then shut off to save blower motor life and let the natural aspirated ventilation of yacht design take over under way. It would signal you after five min of blower time at the dock. If you started the engine/engines before the five min period you would get that alarm telling you, you were being unsafe. Thought about an ignition interlock but that in itself would have been unsafe in emergencies. This was about 1979, same time I designed the no float bilge pump control, a little ahead of their time.

Licorice Schtick

The thing about a blower system, automatic or not, is that it allows continued operation with an undetected fuel leak.

It would be best to have, in addition to a blower, a fuel vapor sensor that would prevent starting when unsafe. If it had an override at all, it should be a switch placed in such a way as to make you stick your head, including of course you nose, in the bilge.

SKULLNBONES

Anderson Annex is where the boat houses are on the east side. I hate to think about the whole complex catching fire.

Licorice Schtick

The scary thing about the boat houses is that in many cases there's open water between the units. They would be much safer with barriers to stop fuel and fire. Maybe that should be mandatory for any unit with sleeping quarters.

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2cents

It was all ice and the ahole heating pipes with a torch across the channel started it all. When his boat house went up and the fuel caught fire it just flowed liquid fire across the channel and started Anderson on fire. I lost a nice restored 23 foot Lyman in that mess, the only thing left was an engine block sitting in the mud : (

Licorice Schtick

A sad picture.