"How do you identify and select flares in pitch
darkness?" review question in offshore skipper
course started me looking..
"wander down to local chandlery" good suggestion .. my favourite shop.
May not fully answer question...
I have expired Pains-Wessex inshore set- red flare and orange smoke in a box - outside of box refers to embossed caps for night itentification -"X" red flare "O" orange smoke
Another Pains-Wessex set I have is in heat sealed plastic bag - no reference to embossed caps. No reference to night time identifation on actual flares.
"comet RFD" set - orange smoke embossed "O" Red flare not
embossed - no reference to symbols or instruction for identification in darkness. Of course looking at them and comparing in cold light of day non emergency
situation the units are clearly different shapes...could I recall
which shape was which under stress and after not looking at flares for period od time ...????
Pains-Wessex/Comet different shapes and caps different designs....
Waiwhare is taking water at alarming rate.... its dark ... torch is missing...matches are wet.... I'm panicing (just a little)... found the flares ... pitch darkness ...,Now which brand have I got ... so do I use smaller one with deeply ribbed cap of bigger one with smoothish cap ... hang on Paines-Wessex caps have fine ribs ....I'm still calm..????
Is there .. should there be a "standard" SOLAS type requirement for identification by "touch"
Intrigued that something that is really quite important has so little readily available or highlighted instruction.
Has any one considered how they would select correct flare in night time emergency
with torch off doing a "Wilson".
Guess you could keep firing flares untill correct one lights up the sky..?