Originally Posted by Jon H
I am pretty new to this game but I started to think last night of what I would specifically do if the boat turned over in a rough sea.
As I see it I woudl grab my grab bag (complete with flare pack, fog horn, mobile phone (in plastic wallet)....
Inflate my jacket
Climb onto the upturned boat?
But then what ?..... are flares ok during daylight hours
I am not even sure which type or colour to use
On the flares question, it's best to also carry smoke for daylight use in addition to the candle type which is most effective at night - but can be used in daylight too. Most bought ready made up packs (coastal/inshore) are likely to include at least two of both types and maybe parachute flares too.
Colour for distress is red or orange (the smoke ones are orange). If you are talking to the Coastguard while sitting on the upturned hull, they may very likely ask you to pop one off as the helicopter/lifeboat approaches your position to help them more easily locate you.
White flares are to draw others attention - e.g. in potential collision situations at night. These tend only to turn up in the RORC flare packs where they are part of the requirement for offshore yacht racing.