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Old 12 February 2017, 10:40   #1
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Inshore flares

I need to purchase a pack of inshore flares seen a few places selling them, know to check date etc as they expire (would consider buying shorter dated if significantly cheaper) on the basis that DEC2020 are now around 50 a pack that's 16 a season in flares i hope i will never use.... but 17 shipping!

https://www.jimmygreen.co.uk/item/63...re-flares-kit-

Anyone seen a better deal with shipping? Or know of older stock going cheap?

Would rather buy in store than pay the silly courier fees tbh I drive up and down the M4/M5/M6 quite a bit can potentially collect....
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Old 12 February 2017, 11:38   #2
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Bought mine from Decathalon - I think it was 15 for 3 hand held reds.
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Old 12 February 2017, 12:19   #3
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Wow that is cheap must call in next time I am near one!
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I'm giving up flares this season onwards. Last year in appropriate controlled circumstances (?!) I let several off and was horrified what hot particle spitting things they were. Totally unsuited to a SIB.

Will replace with a laser flare, upgraded radio situation and possibly a PLB.

If you could arrange carriage I'd sell you mine cheap... couple of seasons left in them I think.
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I'm asking the question of the club I am applying to join but having flares is a requirement of membership....... so is a whole host of other kit............ I know they do check flares and date at the annual safety inspection every vessel has to undergo before being granted acces.....

If I find myself in your vicinity I will certainly let you know as for couriering I doubt any standard carrier will take them...
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If I find myself in your vicinity I will certainly let you know as for couriering I doubt any standard carrier will take them...
They don't like taking lots of things, but only an issue if they know.........................
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I'm giving up flares this season onwards. Last year in appropriate controlled circumstances (?!) I let several off and was horrified what hot particle spitting things they were. Totally unsuited to a SIB.

Will replace with a laser flare, upgraded radio situation and possibly a PLB.

If you could arrange carriage I'd sell you mine cheap... couple of seasons left in them I think.
Exactly my thoughts for hand held, rockets are ok but short lived I have heard they will ignor the odd flare as there's so many hoxes so at least three needed with what 9-12 min burn time.
PLB,DSC, laser flare, strobe & mirror for sun light for me
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I have heard they will ignor the odd flare
Risking thread drift to ask you where you heard that? Sounds highly unlikely to me!
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They don't like taking lots of things, but only an issue if they know.........................
There are many things like that where a blind eye might be OK, and even if discovered then the worst case is they bin your package. If they were to discover you'd shipped flares on a standard courier service I'd expect them to treat that a bit more seriously. You maybe don't want them throwing the box of flares the way they do with other stuff, and if there was ever a fire in the wharehouse or vehicle you'd really rather know what was in that box!
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>>>if there was ever a fire in the wharehouse or vehicle you'd really rather know what was in that box!

Yep very true. In 1989 I had some involvement in the aftermath of an explosion where an unmarked lorry carrying materials for a firework factory caught fire while turning round in the yard (while lost) of an unrelated business. When the lorry exploded a firemean was killed and others badly injured plus many members of the public suffered blast and shrapnel injuries. 130 cars were damaged and many industrial/commercial businesses very badly damaged.

Two main lessons came out of that. The explosive and flammable materials were being carried in unsuitable packing and the lorry had no visible external warnings of its contents causing the fire service to take less care than they might and encouraging members of the public to look on at what they thought was just an interesting lorry fire rather than clear the area.
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