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Old 16 February 2017, 18:55   #31
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well just orederd an Odeo mk3 from marine superstore @ £89.95 + £5.95 post.
reason.
uses 3 AA batteries with 5 hours burn time can carry spares and are same as my camara & other stuff i have and can change out easy.
twist for on easy with cold hands etc.
will tuck up inside my lifejacket easy & out the way.
How effftive are they in daylight? Advantage of the pyro is the additional height and colour. At basically sea level on a bright day is the odeo noticeable enough?

Certainly looks good value and safer to handle.

Found an inshore kit for just under £50 plus shipping so may just bite the bullet and keep safety man happy
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Old 16 February 2017, 19:40   #32
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We ran a multi agency exercise a few years ago in Weymouth bay, a single para and a smoke were let off.

Dozens of calls in the first two minutes were recorded by the local MRSC!

You'll be surprised how many people will see them and call.
That was in an area a mobile phone would have done the trick too...
And I'm guessing day in good visibility etc.

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How effftive are they in daylight? Advantage of the pyro is the additional height and colour. At basically sea level on a bright day is the odeo noticeable enough?

Certainly looks good value and safer to handle.

Found an inshore kit for just under £50 plus shipping so may just bite the bullet and keep safety man happy
It's not intended for distress alerting like a rocket. It's intended for pinpoint position.
Hence DSC /PLB to get someone aware to look then the laser to help them find you.
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Old 17 February 2017, 03:22   #33
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each to thier own and if pyro's are a requirement then fine, for me i fire my flares off on bonfire night when out of date also did off shore survival and used them never been a fan for a small boat RIB/SIB risk assessing the conditions you would use them when the s--- hits the fan, pitching and rolling boat, petrol very close, thin fabric boat ETC.
so now fixed DSC radio, waterproof hand held, PLB, laser flare, strobe & torch , small mirrow completes my list OMO
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Old 17 February 2017, 15:04   #34
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It's not intended for distress alerting like a rocket. It's intended for pinpoint position.
Hence DSC /PLB to get someone aware to look then the laser to help them find you.
Rare if ever I would be out solo and have dsc vhf, rare to be out of mobile signal. After chatting to a few people it seems the rules may in practice have been relaxed, looks like I will be spending £50 on safety gear minimum question is do I buy an onshore flare kit or not...


Think I'd sink if I took everything recommended! After an issue last year spare fuel won't be one of them......
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well the Odeo [dildo] arrived today pushed it up inside the lifejacket out the way white string all thats poking out [changed string original not long enough]
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Like Jeff I chose the Odeo MK3 electronic flare... arrived yesterday.

Personal choice but I liked the way it was a simple twist of the base to switch on... and unscrewing the base the opp way gives access to the batteries which are L91 lithium AA size. A spare set is £5 and they have a 10yr shelf life. Standard AAs can be used in an emergency with a reduced "burn" time.

Will take up less space than the conventional flares I've previously carried... and be far less threat to PVC tubes.
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It has a camera tripod thread in the base too so I'll make up some sort of bracket from my old camera spares box so in an emergency I can attach it to my boat hook clipped to the transom... one less thing to hold in a crisis.

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Old 09 March 2017, 04:27   #38
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going to use my selfie stick for added height if required.
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OK but how will you get those crucial selfies of "the night I nearly sunk"!!
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OK but how will you get those crucial selfies of "the night I nearly sunk"!!
have to get another david
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