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Old 04-23-2017, 07:12 AM   #141
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I got one of the electronic "flares" to avoid the expired flare fine. Where I live it is not so easy to get flares, and it is hard to ship them or transport them because they are hazardous material. "C" batteries, on the other hand, are not and are easy to come by. Flares that are days, weeks, or even a few months out of date are likely to work fine so I will keep them on hand (they don't suddenly stop working on the day of expiration). The electronic device just will keep me from being caught out by the boat fuzz, man.
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:17 AM   #142
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I got one of the electronic "flares" to avoid the expired flare fine. Where I live it is not so easy to get flares, and it is hard to ship them or transport them because they are hazardous material. "C" batteries, on the other hand, are not and are easy to come by. Flares that are days, weeks, or even a few months out of date are likely to work fine so I will keep them on hand (they don't suddenly stop working on the day of expiration). The electronic device just will keep me from being caught out by the boat fuzz, man.
That's our belt and suspenders policy as well. We have one of the Weems and Plath laser flares, but also about twenty expired flares that we keep on board as well. If only a 1/4 of them go off, that's still a lot of flaring!
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:42 AM   #143
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I got one of the electronic "flares" to avoid the expired flare fine. Where I live it is not so easy to get flares, and it is hard to ship them or transport them because they are hazardous material. "C" batteries, on the other hand, are not and are easy to come by. Flares that are days, weeks, or even a few months out of date are likely to work fine so I will keep them on hand (they don't suddenly stop working on the day of expiration). The electronic device just will keep me from being caught out by the boat fuzz, man.
Totally agree!
Not only does it add to your toolbox of safety equipment, but with federal, state and local budgets being what they are (and are likely to be), and many local and state agencies unwilling to work within those constraints (mine was/is a perfect example of that), I'm seeing all sorts of petty violations that would have resulted in warnings years back, being written as violations now. Many with ridiculous fines connected. Anything one can do to abate these is a good thing.

This will definitely be part of my arsenal going forward.

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Old 04-23-2017, 10:43 AM   #144
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epirbs and dsc distress are great...but sometimes the best rescue is the civilian boater a mile away. In that case I think the old school Mayday + Flares would get you help the fastest. As many have said.....if you're going down...the more options you have the better, as long as everyone on board knows how to use them all and can prioritize them for the situation.
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