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Old 11-04-2016, 15:35   #1
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Flare Requirements for UK boats under 13.7M


Just reaching out to UK boat owners in an attempt to shed some light on the actual flare ( number and type ) requirement for UK flagged vessels under 13.7M

The RYA website refers to SOLAS V requirements which are clear as mud. From what I can tell, one simply needs a signal chart, I see nothing about a minimum requirement for distress flares.

Is that true? A link to an official directive would be greatly appreciated.


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I don't believe there is a regulation for under that length..
I tend to go for a standard offshore marine store pack and add a few rockets.
This is the basic Coastal Pack from Suffolk Marine, UK for example..
- 2 Hand Smoke Flares
- 2Red Handflares
- 2 Para Red Rockets

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Re: Flare Requirements for UK boats under 13.7M

No rules for non-MCA coded vessels.
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Re: Flare Requirements for UK boats under 13.7M

I've just acquired one of these:

EDF1 - Ocean Signal

As a substitute for a red hand flare. It seems to be superior in every way to the pyrotechnic one.

I'm compulsive carry so I also keep fresh pyrotechnics, but only the minimum required.

I don't think there's any substitute (so far) for a rocket flare, so I recommend carrying a few of those.
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