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Old 09-15-2017, 05:30 PM   #1
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$20 Off SOS Distress Lights for TFers

If you've been wanting to purchase a Weems & Plath SOS Distress Light, here's an opportunity to get $20 off through October 15. Weems & Plath has a $10 manufacturer's mail-in rebate, and we're extending an additional $10 off to our fellow Trawler Forum users. Just go to our online store:

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Enter the coupon code TFSOS during checkout to get your $10 TF discount. We will then email you the mail-in rebate form to send and receive a $10 check from Weems & Plath for a total savings of $20 (which makes the SOS Distress Light just $79.95). Offer valid through October 15, 2017. Shipping calculated at checkout. Limit one per customer.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:01 PM   #2
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Thanks, I'm sure this will help out some folks here.

Just wondering, however, what the long-term prospects are for pricing on this type of product. Like, for example, will the price go down when it's not so "new" any more? Will there be competitors driving future pricing?

None of this is intended to disparage the seller, product or price. I plan to buy one, but I'll probably wait until my existing flares approach retirement age. Just wondering if that's foolish, or if it might work out better anyway.
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Old 09-16-2017, 03:26 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'm sure this will help out some folks here.

Just wondering, however, what the long-term prospects are for pricing on this type of product. Like, for example, will the price go down when it's not so "new" any more? Will there be competitors driving future pricing?

None of this is intended to disparage the seller, product or price. I plan to buy one, but I'll probably wait until my existing flares approach retirement age. Just wondering if that's foolish, or if it might work out better anyway.
Good question, Tom. I don't know if Weems & Plath has any plans to adjust the price, short term or long term. And I've also wondered if there will be any competition. Actually, I can't imagine there wouldn't be.

And no, not foolish to wait until your flares are closer to expiration. Just remember that you can keep them onboard to augment your ability to signal distress. As the SOS Light makes you USCG compliant, it doesn't matter if the flares are expired or not. We still have all our old flares on board...
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Do you know if this device is Canadian Coast Guard compliant?
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Old 09-16-2017, 07:56 PM   #5
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Do you know if this device is Canadian Coast Guard compliant?
It is not yet compliant for Canadian vessels, though US Flagged vessels are compliant with the SOS Light while cruising in Canada.

From Weems & Plath: "For Canadian-flagged vessels: No, it does not replace Pyrotechnic flares required by Canadian law; however, it IS a good idea as a supplemental product! We are working with Transport Canada to hopefully (someday) get it approved, but thatís a long process."
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Looks like a good product, just order one, but on eBay for $67.00 with free shipping.

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I have one, paid full price. It seems fairly effective to me, and guess what, no expensive expiring pyrotechnics on board now..
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Looks like a good product, just order one, but on eBay for $67.00 with free shipping.

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Wow, you did get a great price! They're basically giving them away...

Just checked the seller. They only had 2 lights and have sold both.
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Looks like a good product, just order one, but on eBay for $67.00 with free shipping.

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Wow, you did get a great price! They're basically giving them away...

Just checked the seller. They only had 2 lights and have sold both.
f508... Thanks for the lead

Moonfish... check back on eBay as apparently they keep listing more.
I just picked one up at the $67 w/ free ship
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Moonfish... check back on eBay as apparently they keep listing more.
I just picked one up at the $67 w/ free ship
Thanks, I did check back tonight and they list 0 in stock again. Seems kinda fishy to me. So I checked the seller and right now they only have 1 item to sell and it's a hairdryer with accessories. And it's $67 with free shipping...

I forwarded the seller's info onto Weems & Plath to see if they are an authorized retailer.
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Well, Weems & Plath have no idea who the eBay seller is. But whoever it is keeps putting 2 lights in stock each day (the ol' "Hurry! Only 2 Left!" gimmick). I checked the seller's feedback and it appears good (they've sold mostly bicycle parts and fishing reels). But there are three other buyers that bought a light and are happy. So Frank and Don should be fine.

Anyway... if you want an SOS Light for as cheap as you can get, you might as well try to get one from this guy until he eventually runs out of stock for real. I'll still be here with the TF Discount and Weems & Plath rebate if anyone wants one after that. Peace.
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Thanks for the heads up.
I did look at his store and saw yhe other odds & ends.
Will see if he comes though.
It wouldn't be the first time I ran into a seller c that didn't have tje goods and wouldn't redpond but in that case Paypal refunded my $.
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I just ordered one from PNWB at full price. Oh well, it goes to a good business. It will be handy on my upcoming trip to the Sea of Cortez.

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For info mine delivered quickly.
Interesting though...the paperwork showed sold by BassPro to a different party at their normal price w my delivery info???
Strange as it didn't agree w ebay listing or price I paid??
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I just ordered one from PNWB at full price. Oh well, it goes to a good business. It will be handy on my upcoming trip to the Sea of Cortez.

Cheers, Bill
Thank you, Bill, but I'll refund you the Trawler Forum discount. And I'll email the mail-in rebate form so in the end you'll have paid $79.95 for it. Sending it out today!
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For info mine delivered quickly.
Interesting though...the paperwork showed sold by BassPro to a different party at their normal price w my delivery info???
Strange as it didn't agree w ebay listing or price I paid??
Interesting. Can't quite figure that one out. Which is probably a good thing! As long as the light works you'll be fine.
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Looks like a good product, just order one, but on eBay for $67.00 with free shipping.

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Does the USCG considerate it a replacement for the flares??
For aireo flares you toss the light into the air, repeatedly? Hmmmmm?

Per the flares' 'end of life', the general recommendation is, if you have the space, keep them along with the new flares.

Let's talk about proper disposal of expired flares.
I take my expired flares and give them to the Chapman's Seamanship school, in Stuart, FL. They use them in the 'on the water' demonstrations.
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Does the USCG considerate it a replacement for the flares??
For aireo flares you toss the light into the air, repeatedly? Hmmmmm?

Per the flares' 'end of life', the general recommendation is, if you have the space, keep them along with the new flares.

Let's talk about proper disposal of expired flares.
I take my expired flares and give them to the Chapman's Seamanship school, in Stuart, FL
Yes, the SOS LIght is absolutely compliant with the USCG for nighttime use, and with the included daytime distress flag is compliant at all times. We always recommend keeping expired traditional flares on board. I really like knowing we have both for any given circumstance.

Regarding disposal, of the estimated 10 million flares that expire each year only about a million gets properly disposed of. Too many end up in landfills, or wherever else they are tossed. Good on you for doing it right!
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Every time I go to the Weems and Plath site the mental conversations goes something like, "I'll take one of those and one of those and and and." They have some fine products.
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Every time I go to the Weems and Plath site the mental conversations goes something like, "I'll take one of those and one of those and and and." They have some fine products.
Same here, for many years one of my favorites.

BTW, I ordered one off eBay for $67.00 with free shipping. It arrived just fine and appears to be absolutely genuine. It took several tries though.
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