Originally Posted by Jim Cate
Do remember that the 25mm flares are much brighter and long lasting than the 12 ga items. If you are carrying them with the thought of actually using them in a distress
situation, the choice is obvious. If you are carrying them to fulfill your legal obligations only, the 12 ga will do.
Proper SOLAS rocket flares are much, much better signals than either of the sorts you are carrying.
according to the specs IIRC the 12 g ones go higher even though less bright. I agree proper Solas flares are much better and indeed what we always used on our boats back in Europe
but they are sold real rip off prices over here just as are liferafts and liferaft
servicing cost. If we were to seriously equip for longer offshore
passages again I suspect a satellite phone
would be far more cost effective and sensible solutions .
In the first instance we have a full DSC VHF
set as well as a backup non DSC
one plus a spare antenna
and a handheld VHF
as well. Our cruising range these days is much less extensive ( east coast ICW
to Bahamas) which will have us in range of VHF shore stations pretty well all the time so the difference betwixt 12 and 25mm signal flares I think will be less of a worry.