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Old 06-09-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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Are they Sirius?

The Sirius company has come out with an emergency distress light they claim eliminates the need for pyrotechnic flares on vessels. At 100 bucks a pop, I want to see something from the US Coast Guard to back up that claim. Anybody see anything to that effect?
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:25 PM   #2
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thought the SOS light and an orange flag did that already....
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:36 PM   #3
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Ask the company that makes them to prove their claim...
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:07 PM   #4
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All I can find is their claim which I guess would be true.....?


Fulfills all Coast Guard requirements (46 CFR 161.013) for marine distress signals when combined with our included Distress Flag.
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:46 PM   #5
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Until I see an official statement that the device "negates the requirement for carrying pyrotechnic devices on board" I'm not buying one.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:21 PM   #6
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Until I see an official statement that the device "negates the requirement for carrying pyrotechnic devices on board" I'm not buying one.
Absolutely, I can see it now, really Mr.LEO Sir they said that I don't need flares with this new fangled light.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:37 PM   #7
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anyone agree the SOS light satisfies the flare reg?


the way I read it ...it does...


SOS light at night, orange flag for the day.


if you have flares, 3 are required and they are good for day or night.




http://www.shipstore.com/SS/HTML/ACR/ACR1842.html

Night Visual Distress Signal
  • Pair with DistresS.O.S. inflatable flag to meet coastal day and night visual distress signal requirements
  • Safe alternative to pyrotechnics; no more handling, replacement and disposal of dangerous flares
  • Flashes S.O.S Morse Code when ON (..._ _ _ ...)
  • Protective stuff sack included
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:43 PM   #8
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Greetings,
IF an SOS strobe and an orange flag fulfill the USCG requirements to the letter, I'll most definitely look into that. I always feel bad about delegating my expired flares to the backup bag. A necessary "waste" I suppose.

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Old 06-09-2015, 07:51 PM   #9
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IF an SOS strobe and an orange flag fulfill the USCG requirements to the letter, I'll most definitely look into that. I always feel bad about delegating my expired flares to the backup bag. A necessary "waste" I suppose.
I agree....while I have little faith in flares...rarely ever rescued someone using them....having a few is not out of the question in my mind.

Keeping up to 10 year old flares as backup is pretty common and a very high probability they will work. So after 10 years, having 9-12 viable flares isn't too bad.

I would definitely have several much better tech distress devices though.
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Testing a 10 year old flare.
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Interesting...only one I have seen documented in probably thousands of reported shot being out of date.
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Testing during the winter. Was able to toss into a snow bank. It only takes 1.
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So, take the manufacture's statement and email it to the USCG and see what they say???
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