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09-11-2014 02:32 PM
ottos
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

[quote=krisscross;2180905]How about launching a kite with a small red strobe light as a distress signal?[/quote]


As you wish - http://www.landfallnavigation.com/-skite.html

Hey, where'd the link button go?????
09-11-2014 02:30 PM
hellosailor
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

kriss, even if you used a huge kite, who would associate a blinky red light UP THERE with a sailboat in distress down here?

(And to be a [I]distress [/I]strobe, it would have to be white anyway.)
09-11-2014 09:41 AM
sierra007
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

very nice trhread
thanks for your link
09-11-2014 08:39 AM
krisscross
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

How about launching a kite with a small red strobe light as a distress signal?
04-13-2014 08:30 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

Come on, get with the news

The electronic flares are out on the market.

Have a look at this video from Yachting Monthly and the Practical Sailor review

http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/videos/gear-tests/533950/video-odeo-laser-flare-test

http://www.practical-sailor.com/issues/37_33/chandlery/The-ODEO-Laser-Flare_11213-1.html

http://www.odeoflare.co.uk/technical.php
04-13-2014 07:04 PM
hellosailor
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

Maybe the SoS seminar was trying to demonstrate flare failures? (G)

Mark, I don't know of any electronics that can project a light source up into the sky. (Shine a light, yes, but actually put the source up there for all to see? No.) Lasers are kinda useless unless there's something for them to illuminate or reflect from. Good replacement for a signal mirror...but very different from a parachute flare or smoke bomb.

And then again, I've also seen a number of flashlights, including "extra durable" dive lights, that found clever ways to fail simply sitting on the shelf. Some batteries emit gas as they age, which tarnishes metal contacts in the light and prevents all power flow. Some plastics simply let go as they age, either cracking or popping off the contacts. So even without capacitors failing or cold solder joints...electronics have to be regularly tested. Of course you can't "test" a pyro without consuming it, so maybe there's nothing really lost there. But the pyros have so many fewer ways to fail. And the flares...you know, [I]every [/I]joker has a green laser to shine up at aircraft these days. At least when you see a SOLAS parachute flare, you can be pretty certain there's a reason someone just sent a hundred dollar bill up in flames.
04-13-2014 05:30 PM
MarkofSeaLife
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

I think thats one of the reasons why electronic flares will tske over... You can test thrm quivkly.

The prices will come down
04-13-2014 04:25 PM
vtsailguy
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

So, interestingly enough, I just attended a Safety at Sea Seminar where we shot of a LOT of pyrotechnics. We had USCG and SOLAS, maybe a couple of hundred or so.

I was astonished at a failure rate of about 10-20%.
04-13-2014 03:02 PM
hellosailor
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

You might want to read the regulations covering mandatory safety equipment. The legal minimum, state or federal, is usually THREE. So yes, more than two will be needed.

How many did those folks in the life rafts have? And were they SOLAR pyros, or the cheapies that most boaters carry?

If you've never actually seen flares shot off, one look at how well the cheap ones can be seen is all it takes to send you out to buy the SOLAS pyros.
04-13-2014 12:34 AM
captainbri
Re: Safety Equipment for Offshore Sailing

I never wrote flairs were useless. I was pointing out that more than two might be needed.
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