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Old 14 April 2014, 17:36   #11
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You missed the point of Laser Flare - it is there to signal and guide the rescuers to your position - after you have alerted of distress via VHF or PLB or mobile.

Setting Parachute of on Land can be dangerous - since the cords on the parachute may be rotten - and you end up with burning flare landing causing fire!


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I'd replace the flare pack just to have the smokes which a laser flare can't replace.smoke is visible for miles and shows wind direction. Personally not convinced about laser flares but am considering a plb even for inshore / coastal activity
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Old 15 April 2014, 05:39   #13
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I'd keep your old flares as well if they are in good condition. If you find yourself in a situation where you can use your flares to signal under relatively little duress then use your out of date ones first.

As far as Ocean Safety goes I'd advise not going for their kits, the containers fall to pieces and they won't replace them. The Pains Wessex kits are much more durable. I keep meaning to write a small review of my experience with them.
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I'd keep your old flares as well if they are in good condition. ......
.......unless you go to France, which we do. Get caught with out of date flares in France & you'll be fined.
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.......unless you go to France, which we do. Get caught with out of date flares in France & you'll be fined.

Fair point, though if you showed them your out of date ones you'd be a bit silly
Anyone on here actually been fined? I know they have the regs, not sure how rigorous they are enforcing it.
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My offshore kit ran out at the end of last year and I've decided I'm not bothering with Parachute/Rockets again.

Why?
  • I've got a PLB, DSC VHF, Handheld, AIS, mobile etc etc
  • Para's are a pain to dispose of
  • They aren't cheap

Smokes and handhelds are still handy for pin pointing position, helos etc and I can get away with setting them off in the garden (middle of the country and no one can see me) when they expire.
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Fair point, though if you showed them your out of date ones you'd be a bit silly
Anyone on here actually been fined? I know they have the regs, not sure how rigorous they are enforcing it.
We've been stopped, boarded & searched 3 times at sea. We have had the "Douane" (customs) at the campsite searching the tent. We have also been stopped & searched at the ferry port. All because we are a British RIB with diving gear onboard.
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We've been stopped, boarded & searched 3 times at sea. We have had the "Douane" (customs) at the campsite searching the tent. We have also been stopped & searched at the ferry port. All because we are a British RIB with diving gear onboard.


That sounds like a damn nuisance!! Doesn't exactly encourage you to go over there does it?
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That sounds like a damn nuisance!! Doesn't exactly encourage you to go over there does it?
That and its full of French people
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