and to some extent all the chat about practice flares is a bit of a diversion.
We have sort of " been here before "........see......
I actually contacted a major British flare manufacturer to see if there might be any interest in producing " live practice flares " eg green parachute flares which only burnt for a short time , so leisure boaters could actually practice firing them off under controlled conditions . We had an interesting exchange of emails but they felt that there was simply not enough demand for such a specialized product.
( Now who do we know with an interest in both boating and pyrotechnics who might think differently ?
Their attitude was that the British Leisure Boating Industry was unregulated so it was simply personal choice whether one bothered about carrying pyrotechnic flares or not . International shipping is regulated by SOLAS and flares are compulsory , so as far as they were concerned , flares would be around for the foreseeable future !
I did actually ask them if I could quote them directly , but they declined