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Old 09 November 2002, 11:11   #31
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I might be ugly, but it scares the pirates away!

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Old 09 November 2002, 11:41   #32
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It's not that Keith is ugly and the pirates keep away. They're frightened he'll eat them!!
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Old 11 November 2002, 06:26   #33
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TLS, you can ruddy talk!!!

Anyway, back to business.

Flares on a SIB. Well, are they a good idea or not. Are the flares likely to damage the SIB and make matters worse?

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etrex aquabag

You might want to buy an aquabag for you phone / vhf / etrex.

If you are going boating in a SIB, expect to get damp, if not wet!None of these above are completely waterproof, unfortunately that include aquabags also, but they help.

Before anyone says the etrex is waterproof, its more wash basin or puddle proof. My second one is still alive, but it did needed a vacation to the airing cupboard after 3 months in the the rain on expedition. That said, I'm very happy its back, its a good bit of kit on land or at sea!

You can fit an anchor fuel and tool / flare box in your little (3.10m) sib, you will need the weight at the front (tied in) if its rough!

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Good idea about the aquabags, if nothing else they'll be useful for making sure the things stay afloat if they go overboard.

As for flares, If I was going a bit of a distance away from the shore alone, then I'd carry some just incase, but I'd make sure I was holding them well away from the boat when setting them off, just to be careful.

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Flares on a SIB. Well, are they a good idea or not.
Why should they be any less suitable on a SIB than on a RIB?

Just make sure you're pointing the parachute flare the right way up . . .

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Old 11 November 2002, 11:02   #37
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Bang on there. SIBs are a 'watersport'!

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Why should they be any less suitable on a SIB than on a RIB?
Well to be honest I've never seen one go off, but I imagine that they spew out some bits of red hot debris. This could fall onto the SIB and burn a hole straight through it. Remember a SIB has an inflatable floor. Of course it may be that they don't do this. I'd rather know before I found myself in trouble, let off a flare only to have it burn a hole right through the floor of my SIB.

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Flare

Hi Keith

You would be fine as long as you dont drop the flare in the boat. This may cause a large hole and would not help your situation much. Nothing normally drops of them but if you stand up to fire one you could lose your balance and drop it.

I know some one who fired a parachute flare the wrong way up and it bounced of the tubes and luckly went straight into the sea.

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Mike B: got my ePlugs in the post today. About to have a go at making a data cable up now! Let's just hope I don't end up frying my eTrex!

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