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Old 08-03-2009, 20:52   #16
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Don't buy anything fancy just so that NVG's can see you - any red or white light is visible many miles away. We fly with NVG's and regularly see other aircraft's red anticollision lights over 100 miles away. Note that they can't see blue or green, though.

As mentioned dye markers are very visible; the trouble is the deployment time; they take several minutes to deploy and by then the aircraft has already passed you by. Smoke is the best. SOLAS approved is far better than USCG approved and worth the extra money. Military surplus is great if you can find it.

Don't forget the EPIRB! That's the best money you can spend.

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Old 09-03-2009, 00:24   #17
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Trisails and storm jibs are regulary made out of "Storm Orange" around here.

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Old 09-03-2009, 03:45   #18
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My stay sail came in Red. What a good choice. Usually aloft, clear to spot against nearly all backgrounds.
In emergency it will be easy to lay and secure over the deck whatever where search can see it. Even trailed on a fender/float it is more visible than the boat itself.
Good luck and forethought to all those in peril on the high seas.
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Old 09-03-2009, 04:38   #19
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I sailed a Mirror dinghy as a child (UK sailors are probably the only ones to know this dinghy.... it was the result of a design competition of the Daily Mirror). These always had bright orange sails. This was more than 35 years ago so the material has been around a long time (must have been from Bainbridge?)

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Is 15% still the going rate?
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