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Old 08 January 2013, 10:46   #21
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I won't be carrying any. Personally I feel they've had their day & are outmoded. No doubt I'll get some flak from some quarters.

Lasers are the way for me just waiting for SPR to drop his prices
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Old 08 January 2013, 11:00   #22
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In The Solent I expect the Coastguard Helicopter would be overhead BEFORE you had the time to activate all of those safety items in turn

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Steady ...not many smaller then mine..I went out with ;

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Just to go to the isle of wight !

Overkill?....until I need help.....then they all get a turn in suitable order

I'd not hesitate to use any/all should the need arise.
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Am I the only one who is wondering what the books were ? Please tell us the books you chose, you could have had a lot of fun with that like select two of the following;

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The Bible may have been a good choice or Chris Ryans survival guide

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I won't be carrying any. Personally I feel they've had their day & are outmoded. No doubt I'll get some flak from some quarters.
I've had the same thoughts myself over the last couple of seasons, especially since no one wants to dispose of the old'uns
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I always keep my out of date flares for 5th November.

They always add an extra something to the bonfire party.

Please don't go telling me it's dangerous, its not. If you are willing to let hem off on a 5m RIB, letting them go in the back garden cannot be any more risky.

Great fun, except when they work perfect, I wonder, should I have kept them another year???

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Oh, and its also very good practise for when you have to do it in anger.
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What about places like Whitby that won't let you launch unless you have in-date flares?
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Tell the good people of Whitby to mind their own bloody business !

For what it's worth I wish I has a laser flare with me back in august when we were aground off Hayling and the lifeboat was trying to find us . They could not see our pathetic nav lights or torch against all the lights of Portsmouth etc.
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Please don't go telling me it's dangerous, its not. If you are willing to let hem off on a 5m RIB, letting them go in the back garden cannot be any more risky.
Well there is inherently some risk in setting off a flare - very very occasionally it goes spectacularly wrong. Now in a legit emergency clearly that risk is outweighed by the impending danger but in a backgarden there is less "benefit". Although whether it is any more dangerous than any of the other explosives you set off for fun is a different question!

There is however one potential downside of rocket flares in back gardens: they are not necessarily out (or "cold") when they land. At sea this is likely to be of no consequence as it will most likely hit the sea. If it lands on dry grass, a neighbours shed, a flat felt roof etc - I could be an interesting night...
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