A fire aboard your vessel can be nothing short of terrifying. In my opinion, it’s the worst possible thing that can happen on a boat. Depending on the severity, it can leave you cleaning up a mess, dead-ship, stranded in a life raft or worse. Having the proper firefighting and suppression equipment aboard is absolutely vital. Here are some fire safety tips for any vessel: 1. Have appropriate fire extinguishers in every cabin, common area, machinery space, and galley onboard.