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#4479831 - 08/05/17 11:36 AM Old flares
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Registered: 03/21/04
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I was looking for something in my boat and noticed all of my old flares were split open with their inside powder showing. I knew they were old and would not pass as "required flares" but did not expect them to fall apart.
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#4479872 - 08/05/17 12:14 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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must have been pretty old. I used flares recently that were at least 6 years old.
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#4479912 - 08/05/17 01:02 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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I am thinking I really do not need flares if I go on the Hudson or Conn. river and it's less than 2 miles wide. I will
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#4479988 - 08/05/17 02:48 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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Burn 'em in a brush pile.

They can't handle much, if ANY moisture.
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#4480025 - 08/05/17 03:25 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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Originally Posted By: Donald
I am thinking I really do not need flares if I go on the Hudson or Conn. river and it's less than 2 miles wide. I will


Coast Guard requires flares, don't they?

New ones are maybe $4/each.

I don't understand the problem.
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#4480039 - 08/05/17 03:46 PM Re: Old flares [Re: ArcticDriver]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: Donald
I am thinking I really do not need flares if I go on the Hudson or Conn. river and it's less than 2 miles wide. I will


Coast Guard requires flares, don't they?

New ones are maybe $4/each.

I don't understand the problem.


The flares are required basically in the ocean or great lakes or waters leading to the ocean that are over two miles wide.
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#4480041 - 08/05/17 03:48 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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They are a little under $30 for 3 and expire in about 3 years.
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#4480130 - 08/05/17 06:37 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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We took our split flares and lighted them in the street (ecologically neutral site-but the ecology hadn't been invented yet) with a Bernz-O-Matic torch.
...54 years ago. sniff-sniff

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#4481957 - 08/07/17 04:01 PM Re: Old flares [Re: Donald]
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Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: Donald
Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: Donald
I am thinking I really do not need flares if I go on the Hudson or Conn. river and it's less than 2 miles wide. I will


Coast Guard requires flares, don't they?

New ones are maybe $4/each.

I don't understand the problem.


The flares are required basically in the ocean or great lakes or waters leading to the ocean that are over two miles wide.


Thanks. I don't fish in ponds so I didn't realize. ;-)

Why skimp on safety equipment...on all the things I can name worth being cheap about, safety is not one of them.

Or can the OP and his crew all swim 0.99 miles in frigid fresh water?

I can't.
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#4482038 - 08/07/17 05:31 PM Re: Old flares [Re: ArcticDriver]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Loc: Upstate NY
Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: Donald
Originally Posted By: ArcticDriver
Originally Posted By: Donald
I am thinking I really do not need flares if I go on the Hudson or Conn. river and it's less than 2 miles wide. I will


Coast Guard requires flares, don't they?

New ones are maybe $4/each.

I don't understand the problem.


The flares are required basically in the ocean or great lakes or waters leading to the ocean that are over two miles wide.


Thanks. I don't fish in ponds so I didn't realize. ;-)

Why skimp on safety equipment...on all the things I can name worth being cheap about, safety is not one of them.

Or can the OP and his crew all swim 0.99 miles in frigid fresh water?

I can't.


Actually using a plain flare on a boat is ugly. They drip hot slag that will melt fiberglass. You need to attach it to a boat hook and hold it overboard.

I have a flare pistol which I prefer. They also sell a USCG approved flashing light.

As for safety I have more fire extinguishers than required and have a fixed and handheld VHF radios.

Many people go boating with only a cell phone. Good luck calling the guy you can see in the distance with a cell phone.
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#4503155 - 08/31/17 09:22 AM Re: Old flares [Re: Linctex]
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Registered: 04/17/12
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Loc: Boston, MA
Originally Posted By: Linctex
Burn 'em in a brush pile.

They can't handle much, if ANY moisture.


+1 They are a sponge for moisture. Considering the cost it is worth grabbing a few more. Especially if you are going to be boating on patrolled waters. Our boat is on Saranac Lake which hasn't seen a patrol in over 10 years. That aside I would always make sure you have the right equipment for an emergency
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