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Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

I recently thought about this, and the requirements for flares:
http://sailingwithkids.net/2014/01/03/uscg-vs-solas-flares-for-offshore-sailing/

I'd be curious to see a realistic and honest update.

There has been a strong argument made that with modern tools such as EPRIB’s, AIS and PLB’s, signal flares hardly get used:

“The Royal Yachting Association of Britain is pressing for their removal as a requirement for seafarers. They are insisting that no persuasive evidence that flares have search and rescue benefits that cannot be provided by modern technology. In today’s modern age there is no compelling case to support the mandatory requirement of flares as a practical and useful method of initiating a distress alert and location.”
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