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Old 13 November 2007, 12:07   #51
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Your "contribution"

a) Clearly shows that you have not read the thread through

b) Says more about your attitude than my " stupidity "
My attitude is fairly laid back to be honest - unless a parachute flare landed on me

I personally (and I may be alone) think that firing a parachute flare on land when not in distress is stupid (we know it's illegal). You may not think it is and that's your view. I didn't say you had to agree with me, just airing my views and I'm sorry if you think my attitude is wrong because I don't agree with you.

As you started the thread with "I'm sure I'm going to get criticised for this , " it seems quite apt to be honest.
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Old 13 November 2007, 12:27   #52
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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,
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What I need from you guys is:

a. Who's interested

b. Location

c. Date
Yes please!! X 3 (people)
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Old 13 November 2007, 14:01   #53
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Same here i did a yacht course and the guy did a flare firing course
including parachutes, but he did tell the coast guard
we found that all the ones that did not go off, it was down to the way it was
fired, when the guy showed you what to do and that you really had to hit the bottom of the flare.
While firing flares when not in distress is universally agreed to be illegal, plenty of examples such as the one above, or pix in yachting mags of someone hanging out of a liferaft holding a flare exist.

This begs the question of which specific part of which piece of legislation makes it illegal, and does it really also say "it's OK if the coasties say so"

Does anybody know?
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Old 13 November 2007, 14:19   #54
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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
Hugh Jardon
Hightower
andy, would be great to attend and perhaps as we will have a gathering we could go down the pub for a meal and a pint afterwards so a mid late afternoon would be best for this....maybe?

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So what are the rules with regard to the firing of flares 60 miles from the sea
Sign up for the demo and you'll find out.
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While firing flares when not in distress is universally agreed to be illegal, plenty of examples such as the one above, or pix in yachting mags of someone hanging out of a liferaft holding a flare exist.

This begs the question of which specific part of which piece of legislation makes it illegal, and does it really also say "it's OK if the coasties say so"

Does anybody know?
At sea the following would apply:

Merchant Shipping (Distress Signals and Prevention of Collisions) Regulations 1996
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The list so far:

Rickuk3
Hugh Jardon
Hightower
Nos4r2
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Springtide66 x3

Might have a venue, have to get back to a PM someone sent me.
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The list so far:

Rickuk3
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Springtide66 x3

Might have a venue, have to get back to a PM someone sent me.
Can I nominate Bedajim for this course as, apparently he's a bit of a liability with a packet of sparklers.
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Can I nominate Bedajim for this course as, apparently he's a bit of a liability with a packet of sparklers.
It wasn't my fault I'd been drinking and his fingers are healing nicely
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It wasn't my fault I'd been drinking and his fingers are healing nicely
I think you had a little too much Oxy on the gas-axe.
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