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Flares no longer needed?

Is it time to change the rules? The RYA certainly think so...

RYA pressing for change in carriage requirement for flares | News | News & Events | RYA

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Re: Flares no longer needed?

When we did Saftey At Sea they sent a demo boat about 1500' off the dock to show the difference between the basic flares and the SOLAS flares

The only thing that even begin to attract attention in daylight was the SOLAS orange smoke can

The basic America minimum standard flares were hard to see and we new were to look
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Re: Flares no longer needed?

Bit the bullet and bought a SOLAS parachute flare last year. Worth the cost to be seen in an emergency. I made a storage case from a pc. of 3" pvc with endcaps. The flare fits in just right and with some wax (slickseam) on the caps, keeps it moisture tight. The instructions can also be marked clearly, in big print, on the pvc with a permanent marker.
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Re: Flares no longer needed?

I was standing on "Signal Hill" in Saint John's Newfoundland (On 12 December 1901, the first transatlantic wireless transmission was received here by Guglielmo Marconi) overlooking the ocean. Quite a ways out a Canadian Coast Guard vessel was doing S&R practice. We "almost" saw the flares they were shooting off. BUT - when the set off that SOLAS orange smoke can, WOW - that really worked.

I really do need to get one of those.

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Re: Flares no longer needed?

Is this what you mean by a smoke can?
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Re: Flares no longer needed?

Good point about the safety issue. I wonder if anyone has sunk their liferaft/dinghy with a flare.
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Re: Flares no longer needed?

The flares and the 12 gauge shells that came with the boat expired before this season. I therefore sprung for 4 SOLAS flares (longer burn time, higher visibility, and no slag - $22 each), 1 SOLAS Smoke canister ($60), and 1 SOLAS rocket (also $60) to bring my "signal kit" up to date. The total came to over $200.

When these expire, I'll buy 4 more Orion flares, but keep this stuff as a backup.



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Re: Flares no longer needed?

I just set my life raft on fire when a container ship is passing by and then I jump over board.
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I just set my life raft on fire when a container ship is passing by and then I jump over board.
We need tests of which life raft puts off the most visible smoke.
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Re: Flares no longer needed?

More good info here: Foundation Findings #45 - Flare Tests Enlightening
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