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LED Flares

Postby Aja » Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:13 pm

Marine Superstore have an offer on for an ODEO led flare for £80 free delivery.

https://www.marinesuperstore.com/signal ... e=Mailshot

What does the panel think about their effectiveness and as a replacement for big bangers?

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Re: LED Flares

Postby claymore » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:33 pm

My recent weight loss means I can now get back into my LEVI flares....
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Re: LED Flares

Postby Aja » Fri Apr 05, 2019 11:50 pm

501's?

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Re: LED Flares

Postby claymore » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:42 am

32 waist
27" inside leg....
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Postby DaveS » Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:31 pm

I've an extensive range of 32" waist breeks that I dream of getting back into, but I've been stuck on 34" for the last 10 years. A few days in bed with the flu last week (despite a free flu jag) have helped, but I'm no quite there yet.
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Postby aquaplane » Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:58 pm

I gave in a couple of years ago and started buying MnS 36" 29" keks, but need a belt. The 34" jobbies are a bit snug and I keep loosing the button. I'm going to be walking round in my undercrackers if I can't resolve this dilemma.
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Re: LED Flares

Postby claymore » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:40 am

Cottage cheese is your friend
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Re: LED Flares

Postby Burst Boiler » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:54 am

Are we allowed to subsidise the cost by selling time-expired red pyros to football fans?

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Re: LED Flares

Postby Nick » Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:23 am

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The usual collection of helpful replies . . .

I bought one last year for Fairwinds after getting rid of a huge collection of mouldering explosives, some over 20 years out of date. Seems to me that one of these and a couple oforange smokes for daytime should do the job.
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Re: LED Flares

Postby Burst Boiler » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:14 pm

Ordered one on Friday, arrived today. Feels like a genuine bit of safety kit, rather than a glorified torch. I hope I never use it, just like the pyros it replaces.

Removes the hassle of disposing of time expired flares (back garden on Nov 5) or buying new ones every couple of years (Duncans on April 5).

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Re: LED Flares

Postby claymore » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:00 pm

Mine came today - I can hardly see now as I thought i'd take a look at how bright it might be!

Strange thing - buying something you hope you'll never use but there we go
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Re: LED Flares

Postby Burst Boiler » Thu Apr 18, 2019 6:52 pm

The instructions say hold above head height to avoid blinding yourself. I read this about 15 mins after switching the thing on and blinding myself.

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Re: LED Flares

Postby marisca » Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:06 am

claymore wrote:Strange thing - buying something you hope you'll never use but there we go


The good ship Marisca is full of such things - lifejackets, flares, EPIRB, life raft, horseshoe buoys, dan buoy, spare anchor, spare dinghy pump, first aid kit, lots of spare bits and pieces, spare fuel, emergency aerial, and, of course, the donk. I'm sure there's a lot more and I hate to think how much it has all cost over the years.

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Re: LED Flares

Postby mm5aho » Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:29 pm

ditto Contender. Spares for the Jabsco, a split pin for everything, nuts bolts, tools, grease, spare anchor, spare chain, ropes, spare washboards, spare sails, spare spares... Can't imagine the weight of it all, no wonder its a slow boat.
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Re: LED Flares

Postby BlowingOldBoots » Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:02 pm

I don't think they are a replacement for pyrotechnics yet as testing has shown. A pyro is a back up emergency alerting system for when EPIRB and VHF, or even mobile phone do not do the job. I think the LED or Laser flare is best at pinpointing your position.

https://www.pbo.co.uk/gear/led-laser-fl ... sted-36341
None of the electric flares was comparable in power and visibility to a pyrotechnic flare, but all were visible from 5 miles out, assuming you were looking for them.


I do think that the reliability of modern emergency systems and redundancy is very high today and that the use of pyros to alert distress because electric systems have failed is a very low probability. Still, for that "oh excrement, nothing is working" moment, I still want to have pyrotechnics on board.
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