- Special parts: Carb, starter, distributer, alternator, etc. All are designed specially to reduce fuel leaks / fumes into the boat, but also with special flash screens to contain any spark to inside the device – idea is to try and keep any spark to a small boom, instead of getting out into the boats itself and become a Big BOOM. However, it is not unknown for someone to just go to their local auto parts store to get a new starter for $45 instead of paying $245 for the ‘marine’ starter. The Auto one will not have the special flash screens….
- Ventilation and blowers. Boats will have fans that are to be run before starting the motor, specifically to remove any vapors.
- The operator’s nose! In the USPS we teach to ‘pull the hatch’ and sniff the bilge, esp after fueling.
Here is a photo of one of the folks on the boat, I understand he fared the best. Also on the left side is our pickup claiming its 30 seconds of fame.