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09-10-2008 10:55 PM
rikhall In Canada, the only provision for practice is to purchase white flares.
09-10-2008 10:06 AM
davidpm
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Originally Posted by scottbr View Post
Just as an FYI for anyone north of the US border, i.e. Canada,

Flares can only be used in an emergency situation – any other time is prohibited by Annex IV #2 of the Collision Regulations. You can be fined if caught!


Thanks to Lori Mason at Mason's Chandlery The Store
There must be some provision for practice.
09-10-2008 08:52 AM
scottbr Just as an FYI for anyone north of the US border, i.e. Canada,

Flares can only be used in an emergency situation – any other time is prohibited by Annex IV #2 of the Collision Regulations. You can be fined if caught!


Thanks to Lori Mason at Mason's Chandlery The Store
09-09-2008 02:49 PM
davidpm Just in case anyone is worried I also just called my local police department and got their permission too. Same rules, "just call first and by the way no alcohol".
I figure we will try it on an open beach away from buildings first then maybe from a boat if it seems necessary.
And everyone thanks for the warnings
09-09-2008 02:40 PM
LittleMissMagic
Coast Guard training/fire drill

This thread reminds me of a recent observation at one of the local USCG homeports. I was there doing some work on one of the cutters, I will not say any names to protect the innocent.
We were dockside, with a diver in the water working and had a pretty good view of a training session going on for some nonrates down the quay.
This was apparently a training session on how to properly use a flare. The chief teaching the class spent about twenty minutes with his monologue before firing off a parachute flare.
It was a slightly breezy day and after the flare ignited it performed a graceful glide right down on top of one of their dockside picnic cabanas. Where it promptly set the shingle roof on fire.
The group of nonrates rushed into action and one managed to run to the cabana and with some assistance of some of his companions, put out the roof with a fireproof blanket of some kind. (I assume, it could have been his jacket).
I guess even the professionals have problems with flares sometimes.
09-09-2008 01:56 PM
imagine2frolic One small piece of advice to the original poster. DO NOT shoot the flare to windward! You may find it drifting back upon you!

I was running on fumes late at night coming into Morro Bay Ca. I was talking with Harbor Patrol to advise them of my situation. Not hardly a breath of wind on the bay. The Coasties jumped in, and were returning from a search. They asked me to shoot off a flare, and they would spot me 5 gallons of fuel.

I thanked them, and went down for the gun. Without thinking I shot it up into the direction of the Coasties. As it started to descend it began to drift back to me. I had both sails up seeking any wind at all. The flare drifted what what seemed like inches past the luff of my headsail......LESSON LEARNED
09-09-2008 10:38 AM
trantor12020
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Originally Posted by Freesail99 View Post
I shot off three different types of flares, the stick type most of us have and with my German flare gun, 12 gauge flares and 26.5 size flares. The 26.5 by far went the highest into the air.
...they all missed that pesky stinkpotter. must be expired flares.
09-09-2008 09:24 AM
Freesail99 I shot off three different types of flares, the stick type most of us have and with my German flare gun, 12 gauge flares and 26.5 size flares. The 26.5 by far went the highest into the air.
09-09-2008 07:46 AM
trantor12020 we use our expired flares on every 31december 12midnight. ships anchor in habour also fired off their flares and blow the horns.
09-09-2008 06:48 AM
sailingdog You're obviously not using SOLAS grade flares.
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Originally Posted by MoonSailer View Post
I've shot them off in my back yard. Not anywhere as impressive as typical fireworks. I like to do it after a rain. I was really impressed by the low altitude and relatively dim light produced. Much cheaper fireworks show up better. BUT I live kind of out in the country and shoot them when all of the kids in the neighborhood are shooting off fireworks too.
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