BOAT FIRE: Gorgeous Yacht Destroyed in Grenada

17 Jun

Burning yacht 1

FRIDAY THE 14TH (June 2013) is a date that no doubt will live infamously in the memories of the owner of this 80-foot Jongert 2400M that was utterly and completely destroyed by fire at Prickly Bay in Grenada late last week. (Unless, of course, this is an insure-and-burn situation…) According to a bluewater cruiser named Mark, who took this series of photos from aboard his Beneteau 393 Sea Life, the fire is believed to have started behind an electrical panel and raged for over eight hours. Grenadian authorities responded promptly, but weren’t able to do much, as their boats carried no working pumps.



burning yacht 2

Burning yacht 3

This is where the (presumably carbon) rig comes down…

Burning yacht 4

Burning yacht 5

The hull is aluminum, so there is something left afloat…

Burned yacht 1

Burned yacht 2

Burned yacht 3

You can see more pix at Mark’s blog site.

The toasted boat was named Uisge Beatha (“water of life” or whiskey, as it is called in Scotland) and was built by Jongert just three years ago for a Scottish owner.

Jongert 2400M

This is what she looked like just before she was launched. There’s a similar boat listed for sale on Yachtworld right now, with an asking price of over $5 million, which gives an idea of the size of the insurance claim. Here are some pix of that boat’s interior:

deck saloon

The fabulous deck saloon…


Some sleeping quarters…

engine room

The engine compartment…

It is a little hard to believe that a yacht this fancy and sophisticated didn’t have an effective fire suppression system onboard. Luckily, no one was injured in the blaze.


  1. Doug

    Dennis, yachts haven’t used Halon for years. So this boat would have CO2. Second, The CO2 would not be installed in the general layout of the vessel, it would only be in the engine room. And lastly, CO2 is not controlled by a automatic switch, it would need the input from a human before it set off. So if nobody is onboard the CO2 would not go off. 30 years? are you sure?

  2. Mike

    And on vessels, a fire can double in size in under 30 seconds and quickly overwhelm the boat, fire suppression system or not.

  3. Mike

    Even if it did have halon, I imagine it would primarily be used in the engine compartment, as its designed to smother the fire by displacing oxygen. I work on commercial ships, and I know it a different ball game, but those type systems are only used in engine compartments.

    Another thing…why halon? It’s been banned in the US and many other countries for years now as a fire suppression system…mostly due to its lethality. At least on ships, CO2 is used used world wide now. It gives a you bit more time to clear the space and is just as effective.

    But back on topic. Even if there was a halon system that was set throughout the boat, I don’t think it would be very effective. The only way it works is to have the ventilation shut down and space sealed before releasing it. If they had their AC on, a hatch open, vents open, etc…the affect of the halon would have been minimal, if anything by the time the sensors were triggered. Having an automatic halon system sounds like a risk to me though., sounds like a good way to get trapped or accidentally have it go off when you burn dinner.

    Sounds like a pretty big design flaw. You would think for a boat of that size and caliber, there would be better fire fighting measures. But unless someone was on the boat at the time of the fire, even a fixed water system wouldn’t if worked because you would need manual activation and start a fire pump.

  4. Dennis

    She has an Halon system in case a fire breaks out,
    controlled by independent smoke sensors.
    As an Marine engineer for more then 30 years, with experience with Dutch build Jongert’s I would investigate closer. Guess Mark get’s a good amount of money for his Paparazzi stunt, called for or not.

    Greetings to Grenada

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