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Thread: SOLAS Flares

  1. #1
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    Default SOLAS Flares

    I am finding that meeting the current Longpac SOLAS flare requirement is not cheap. The best prices I have discovered are:

    Orange Smoke $54 x 2 flares = $108
    Red Handheld $18 x 4 flares = $72
    Red Parachute $50 x 4 flares = $200

    With tax, the total cost is over $400. Is there a better, less expensive source for SOLA flares or other USCG approved flares which will meet the offshore requirement?

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    I'd wait for the new LongPac requirements, which I understand are imminent. Guys?

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    I am pretty sure Barry Bristol would part with his from the Transpac. I recall his mentioning that awhile ago. He kept them in their original boxes. I agree, the cost is a big hit.

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    Those are the required quantities of each.
    Max
    LP chair

  5. #5
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    Borrow them fro last year's racers.
    Selectively purchase them so that you'll have rolling expiration dates.
    I recall a package deal somewhere...

    Every time I pull out my tether for a night watch, I think of how much I spent those early years of racing! My first Patagonia undies are still working...from the early '90's.

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    And...the subject of the cost of flares also runs through the Long Pac MEL discussion thread.

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