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?
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.