My flares are due for replacement this season, and I'm wondering about alternatives.
- The boat
is a 43' offshore
- There are is regulatory requirement (UK based, private owner).
- I'm safety
conscious: both an RNLI crewman, and a YMI.
- I'm not fond of pyrotechnics, people get hurt too often.
- The boat
has a 6 Man SOLAS liferaft
(so there will be flares in it).
- I've a DSC
with a masthead, and emergency
and two waterproof handhelds.
- the two primary lifejackets on board both have OceanSignal DSC/AIS Mob
- My sailing is a bit of inshore racing
, and cruising the channel as far as Brittany/Scillies and the southern north sea up into Holland
- I don't currently carry an EPIRB
, as I'm not out of VHF
In the past I've bought and offshore
flare pack - 2x floating smoke, 4 x red para, 4 x pin point red.
I suspect that I could use an electronic flare to at least replace the pin point reds in the flare pack. The smokes are very effective in daylight, and relatively safe, so I'm inclined to stick with them but the big question is, should I buy the parachute flares? Has anyone else wrestled with this? If so what were you conclusions?