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FLARES

Posted On: June 19, 2019


I often get asked questions as to what flares are the best. Here’s a quick snapshot of what I tell folks.                  

                                                                 

First ,Flares should be kept in a waterproof container in an easily accessible location such as a cockpit locker.

 There are several types of flares for different purposes:

Distress flares

Red handheld flares:

Use as a line of sight distress signal by day and night.
Hold with arms outstretched.
Point downwind.
Don’t look at flare.
Lasts approx 1 minute.

Orange smoke flares:

Use as a line of sight distress signal for daytime use only.
Handheld and Floating canister versions, which last approx 3 minutes.

Red parachute or rocket flares:

Use for long range distress signaling.
Up to 10 miles in daylight, 40 miles at night.
Height 300m if fired vertically.
Fire at 45º downwind in low cloud or strong winds.
Lasts less than 1 minute.

Illuminating flare
White Handheld:

Only available in some countries.
Use to signal your position at night if there is a risk of collision.
Hold with arms outstretched.
Point downwind.
Don’t look at flare.
Lasts approx 1 minute.

Some Common Sense Tips

• Handheld flares get very hot. Keep a pair of gloves with the container to prevent burns.

• Check your flares’ expiration dates and replace when necessary.

• All people and crew should know the location of the flares on board and know how to operate them.


 

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