I'm an elfin safety bod and also conduct fire training.
Elfin safety spend a lot of time dispelling stupid "health and safety sez so" rumours.
How much time do you think your puny 2k ABC in a marine environment will last? About 10 seconds if you are lucky, have it serviced every 12 months and keep giving it a shake now and then. How long do you intend to hang around?
The smoke in the cabin will do for you far more efficiently than ABC powder.
As for CO2, read your fire extinguisher placards "not for burning paper or textiles" it sez. A great way to make a small paper or textile fire into many fires.
True, powder are not ideal for enclosed spaces and can cause transient breathing difficulties, but they are certainly not classed as hazardous.
However, it would be wrong to post without divulging my first choice of extinguisher on a boat, which would be AFFF foam. Size for a 34b rating would be around 3 kg. You should have at leat two of these.
Better to have several smaller type 34b ones located around your boat, than one large one, for if the large one fails or you can't reach it........
Of course bigger is better, but who wants 9 litre foam extinguishers everywhere. Far better to have enough extinguisher and spend more effort preventing fires from occurring.
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