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Old 07 November 2007, 09:45   #31
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id be up for attending that as i have a few out of date items as well
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Old 07 November 2007, 09:59   #32
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I think someone tried to organise one before, unsuccesfully if memory serves.

Earlier today I contacted RNLI though Email explaining the resons for a demo and await a reply. I think they insist on "in date" flares that they will supply.

I'll post any answer I get.
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Old 07 November 2007, 16:39   #33
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Well, we used my out of date hand helds for lighting the bonfire... 8 reds and 2 whites, 6 expired 12/05 and 4 expired 12/06... plus 2 smokes expired 12/05 (was dark).

All fired 100%. But the 3 of us are pro seafarers and all have completed flare/survival courses...

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some folk are still missing the point of this thread !

" All fired 100%. But the 3 of us are pro seafarers and all have completed flare/survival courses... "

SDG

All the flares I used ( NOT from any of the big names suggested already but unfair to name them as they WERE out of date ) were SOLAS approved made in the EU . The firing instructions were EXTREMELY simple .
1) Remove both plastic caps
2) Hold device vertical
3) pull cord horizontally.

Absolutely no striking/banging about involved.

But they did not go off . You don't have to be a pro seafarer to follow those instructions.

I've never seen a warning from any flare manufacturer that they are not 100% guaranteed to fire ( If in date ).

I'll make sure I do buy the well known brands in future , and I will be trying to improve my storage methods . Hope no -one on here ever needs to fire one in earnest !
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" All fired 100%. But the 3 of us are pro seafarers and all have completed flare/survival courses... "

SDG

All the flares I used ( NOT from any of the big names suggested already but unfair to name them as they WERE out of date ) were SOLAS approved made in the EU . The firing instructions were EXTREMELY simple .
1) Remove both plastic caps
2) Hold device vertical
3) pull cord horizontally.

Absolutely no striking/banging about involved.

But they did not go off . You don't have to be a pro seafarer to follow those instructions.

I've never seen a warning from any flare manufacturer that they are not 100% guaranteed to fire ( If in date ).

I'll make sure I do buy the well known brands in future , and I will be trying to improve my storage methods . Hope no -one on here ever needs to fire one in earnest !

Wasn't meant to sound derisory to non pro seafarers - sorry if it came across that way.

It IS possible to get it wrong as different flares are triggered in different ways and like everything practice makes perfect.

Not a plug but mine were all Pains Wessex, and all stored in polydrums with silica gel.

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This is what the RNLI sent me today with regard the Flare demo:

Dear Mr Hightower,

Many thanks for your e-mail regarding use of flares. Without repeating your comments you have hit the nail on the head as to one of the primary reasons why we have set up a team of flare presenters around the UK to go to clubs and marinas offering flare demonstrations for this reason. We always say 'read it before you need it', but using flares other than their intended use is illegal so for the boat owner it poses an two safety issues, 1) Using the right flare in the emergency and 2) firing them correctly so as not to injure yourselves or crew.

Details of booking a flare demonstration can be found on our Sea Safety web pages www.rnli.org.uk/seasafety along with some other very useful information. For example, our FREE Complete Guide has video and animation of flares going off. This is also available to order on our web pages.

I hope you find this useful. If there is anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,
Tony

What I need from you guys is:

a. Who's interested

b. Location

c. Date
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Amazed....

I'm amazed at two things:

1) Being stupid enough firing a distress flare when not in distress
2) Admitting to it!

Just hoped that the parachute flares didn't land on someones thatched cottage!
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Def interested, location: what is convenient for most people, date: preferably before our season starts again at easter.
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What I'll do is to compile a list of interested parties and whan I think I have enough I will contact the RNLI again to arrange a demo.

The list so far:

Rickuk3
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