Having a load of out of date flares and being sick of buying
new ones because of a printed number I purchased one.
I was boarded two years ago offshore Florida
by coast guard aboard another vessel. I did not have that LED flare aboard but asked their opinion.
The response was "if it says it is compliant then we are ok with it"
That works for me. I Most definately still carry the regular flares....they are in new condition....they just have the wrong date on them.
And finnally I am pretty sure NO ONE replaces their flares based on date. A friend in the navy
told me flares are inspected for condition...not a date.
So it's just the plebs that have to replace their flares every three years for no reason.
Just replying to the OP, I have no interest in arguing or dealing with the trolls.