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Old 22-09-2009, 19:47   #1
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Flare and/or Flare Kit Storage

Just wondering where does everyone keep theirs?

I have 2 orion canisters, so I guess the first question is, do I really need 2, or is it overkill? Would just 1 placed in a very easy to get to location make more sense?

One of them is inside the cabin, but the other I'm having a tough time trying to find a spot for. When I bought the boat it was in the propane locker, which I'm guessing is a bad idea? The other locker in my cockpit is filled with all the various oils for engine, drive leg, etc., and a spare propane tank, I'm guessing also not a good idea? The other 2 lockers are at the top of my transom steps, probably again a bad idea, if I need to get to it in rough seas.

So any suggestions?

I was thinking of maybe getting one of those wall mounting brackets, but mount it to the rear rail somewhere or maybe to one of the davits?
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I store them in a yellow Pains-Wessex waterproof poly container, which I keep in the quarterberth near the companionway steps. These containers are big enough to hold an entire complement of solas flares for offshore use.
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Old 22-09-2009, 21:27   #3
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We keep three compiments of flares. The first is the completely legal and up-to-date set, kept in the orange orion container screwed to the bulkhead under the nav station (near the companionway). A second set (including SOLAS flares) are in waterproof bags in the ditch bag located at the companionway. The third (admittingly, not a set) are the recently outdated flares which we keep for a period of time behind the nav station. My intent is that if we're still floating and need them, having a few extras might be beneficial. Oh, we also have more in the life raft.

Probably overkill, but I want a good/legal set on board in a fixed location, and a set that we can take with us, either to the dinghy or life raft.
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I keep mine in one of the cockpit lazarettes in an orange plastic ammo box. It has a rubber gasket on the top to keep moisture out. There's a line attached to the handle so I can find it and pull it out quickly.
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- - If you ever get as far as Trinidad - DO NOT let them know you have flare pistols - they will confiscate them. The locals steal them and use barrel inserts to turn them into pistols according to the officials.
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Old 29-09-2009, 09:00   #6
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What about the issue of storing them in the same compartment with propane, oil, etc?

Both of my cockpit lazarettes have propane tanks in them, so if that's a no no, I need to find another spot.
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