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Old 10 January 2013, 18:47   #41
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I attended a sea survival course last year & the instructor reckoned that Laser flares were going to be the things of the future! Demonstrated one in the classroom, pretty impressive I must say!
Size of a large pen & visible for miles! Replacable batteries etc.
Helicopter pilots at night not keen on them for some reason? lol
education - Greatland Rescue Lasers are very safe I have supplied flares to sea survival instructors and they have been tested with UK helicopters by RNLI , RAF and have been issue with safety Certificates.

If anybody want to discuss these, feel free to call me...

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Old 11 January 2013, 02:35   #42
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According to this: http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/pdf/WH...ce_-_Rev_3.pdf

...they wont let you launch at Whitby without flares. Its fairly vague in thst they dont insist on any type in particular. I guess youd need to phone them to see if a laser would comply.
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Old 11 January 2013, 02:55   #43
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We launch regularly at Whitby & have never been asked if we have flares. All we have to do is sign a declaration stating that we have insurance( we don't even have to produce proof) and PAY!
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We launch regularly at Whitby & have never been asked if we have flares. All we have to do is sign a declaration stating that we have insurance( we don't even have to produce proof) and PAY!
If your using a private / marina slip don't think that the regs applies its only if your using council operated. Slips or beaches .
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Old 11 January 2013, 03:38   #45
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I always keep my out of date flares for 5th November.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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Until the para fails to open & it comes down like a scud missile & punches a hole through a conservatory/ car porch roof or rolls still hot or burning into someone's plastic gutter setting it all on fire ,

Also Be wary of setting of the floating smoke flares especially if its foggy or heavy mist in the garden especially with the 5 min burn ones ,,, know of someone that did that only to find out next morning that all the lawn and everything in the adjoining gardens were covered in a tarry orange dye , local cats had orange bellys for weeks after .

I do know of a safe-ish way to dispose if para rockets though it's not for the faint hearted .
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oh do tell! im with everyone else in saying that im reluctant to replace my flares, i think that the fact that it has been made extremely difficult to dispose of them tells you that they are no longer seen as being essential
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I wonder how long it will be before health and safety and insurance companies pick up on us boys carrying pyrotechnics around on our boats
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According to this: http://www.scarborough.gov.uk/pdf/WH...ce_-_Rev_3.pdf

...they wont let you launch at Whitby without flares. Its fairly vague in thst they dont insist on any type in particular. I guess youd need to phone them to see if a laser would comply.
If you read the 'regs', you are 'required' to hold insurance, but only 'should' have flares.

My experience of Whitby matches Pikey Dave's, using the council run slipway and marina the only thing they are interested in seeing is your money.

The harbour master doesn't strike me as the sort that would be amused if you turned up in his office with a box of flares to show him!
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I've not seen a laser flare and while I can imagine how they can help in cases where you'd use a smoke flare, I'm thinking that a parachute flare will have a considerable advantage when you are not in line of sight of potential help - eg at the close to a cliff, behind an island etc, as they have the height advantage?
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I've not seen a laser flare and while I can imagine how they can help in cases where you'd use a smoke flare, I'm thinking that a parachute flare will have a considerable advantage when you are not in line of sight of potential help - eg at the close to a cliff, behind an island etc, as they have the height advantage?
the intended use is really to replace handheld red, for pinpoint location etc.
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