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The Plastimo Iris 50 is pretty similar and available for far less money IIRC.
I wouldn't recommend a 12 Ga. flare kit, but would recommend getting a 25mm flare gun kit instead. The 25mm flares are far brighter and go higher... However, I prefer the SOLAS grade parachute flares, since they go even higher and have a much longer duration. USCG flares are junk compared to the SOLAS grade stuff IMHO. If you've ever seen a demonstration of the two side-by-side, you'd understand why it is really a waste of money not to get SOLAS grade flares instead.
Instead of the Lowrance iFinder, I'd go with one of the Garmin handhelds, like the Colorado or even the new GPSMap 78sc that just came out. Garmin generally has a better User Interface and their maps are better IMHO. Also, the 78sc floats.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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