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Sending out an SOS
Jun 2011 p100-102  (3.00 pages)
Category: Buyers' Guide / Gear & equipment / Practical / Product tests / Seamanship & safety
Description: Know how: All the answers to the important questions: Flares
Flares are the quickest means of alerting boats that you are in distress so it's essential to know what type to buy and how to use them safely.
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Apr 2004 p48-49  (1.50 pages)
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Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
The best of YM's gear tests: Fixed GPS; Lifebuoy lights; Stabilised binoculars; Fire extinguishers; Boat hooks; Flares. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers' Guide!
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Sep 2004 p130-131  (1.50 pages)
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Category: Buyers' guides
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
Products that have come out best in YM's gear tests: Stabilised Binoculars, Flares, Handheld Chart plotters, Handbearing Compasses, Children's Lifejackets and MOB systems. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers's Guide!
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Help! at hand - Distress flares
May 1995 p118-122  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Practical / Seamanship & safety
Author: Paul Mahy
Description: A user's guide: Distress flares
The majority of flares spend their life unemployed, tucked into a locker until their use-by-date. But if the moment comes, you'll need to be confident that you and your crew know the right flare to use and the right way to use it. Paul Looks at distress p
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21st century flares
Aug 2009 p96-97  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Seamanship & safety
Author: Stewart Campbell
Description: Boats and Equipment
Are distress flares more trouble than their worth? We test a new type of distress signal - the laser beam 'flare'. Stewart Campbell report on a hi-tech signal that costs from 68-215 and will never expire
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Know your flares
Aug 2007 p92-93  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Practical / Seamanship & safety
Author: Emrhys Barrell
Description: MBM Guide To: Flares - do you have the right kit?
No one likes thinking about emergencies at sea, but if disaster strikes, do you have the right kit?
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All bright on the night?
Feb 2004 p58-63  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Seamanship & safety
Author: Philip Pond
Description: On Test: Distress flares on test: Comet, Hansson and Pains-Wessex
Should you need to summon help at sea, you'll want to be sure that your flares will do exactly what they say on the canister. You can't test-fire them, so we've done it for you.
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What are the dos and don'ts of flares?
Aug 2011 p67  (1.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Questions & answers / Seamanship & safety
Author: Mark Turley
Description: Ask the experts... Whatever the question, our panel of specialists will come to your rescue
Guide to flares.
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Friendly Fire
Dec 2007 p104-108  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Product tests
Author: Chris Beeson
Description: Boats & Equipment
Distress flares: Red and white hand-held flares; Orange floating flares; Parachute rockets
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Essential buyers' guide
Dec 2003 p98-99  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' guides / Product tests
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
Products that have come out best in YM's gear tests: budget chart plotters, fixed GPS, inflatable tenders, two-way radios, stabilised binoculars, fire extinguishers, Musto HPX boots. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers'
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Safety equipment
Apr 2001 p76-77  (1.50 pages)
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Category: Practical / Seamanship & safety
Description: Hands On - Must haves for tidal cruising
Safety on board guide with fire-extinguishers, distress flares, lifejackets, liferaft, first-aid kit and man-overboard kit.
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Fashionable flares
Apr 2003 p61
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Category: Seamanship & safety / Gear & equipment
Author: Robert Avis
Description: Avis at large
Miniflare 3 pocket-sized distress signalling kit from McMurdo Pains-Wessex
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Life-savers or a hazard too far?
Dec 2011 p10-11  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Paul Gelder
Description: News special - Flares
has modern technology made pyrotechnic distress flares redundant? Paul talks to three people who have good reason to think so. 'Modern technbology provides safer and more reliable options for distress alerts,' says the RYA.
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Getting flares up
Jun 2009 p79-81  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Practical / Seamanship & safety / Technical
Description: Investigation: Carrying flares
Numerous calls about the value of carrying flares got our experts delving for more information..
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Essential Buyers' Guide
May 2004 p50-51  (1.67 pages)
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Category: Buyers' guides
Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyer's Guides reports for:
The best of YM's buyers' guides: Fixed GPS, Fire extinguishers, Flares, Colour chart plotters
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Nov 2003 p98-99  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' guides
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
Musto shoes, Budget radars, DSC radios, Rigid Vangs, Wax. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers' Guide!
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Safe use of flares
Apr 2003 p54-55  (2.00 pages)
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Category: Practical / Seamanship & safety
Description: Improve Your Skills: Pyrotechnics: different types of flares, minimum requirements, stowage, firing & disposal
They should be on board, and you should know where to find them. But what exactly are you supposed to do with them?
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Flares - do we still need them?
Sep 1997 p33
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Category: Seamanship & safety / Leader
Author: Rodger Witt
Description: Waiting for the Tide
Flares
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Sep 2003 p120-121  (2.00 pages)
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Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
Budget chart plotters, Fixed GPS, Budget waterproof binoculars, Lifebuoy lights, Inflatable tenders, Two way radios. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers' Guide!
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Oct 2003 p118-119  (1.50 pages)
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Category: Buyers' guides
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
Budget chart plotters; DSC radios; wire cutters; fixed GPS; budget waterproof binoculars and lifebuoy lights. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers' Guide!
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Which flares work best?
Nov 1996 p86
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Category: Buyers' guides / Engines
Author: Colin Jarman
Description: Buyer's Guide
Flares
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Feb 2004 p112-113  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Lists of top performers in recent Buyers' Guides reports for:
Budget chart plotters, Fixed GPS, Stabilised binoculars, Fire extinguishers, Colour chart plotters. For in depth information on each product type, look up relevant Buyers' Guide!
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Focus on Flares
Jan 2007 p115-116  (3.00 pages)
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Category: Seamanship & safety
Author: Elaine Bunting
Description: Special Report
How safe are flares and are there any modern alternatives to old-fashioned technology?
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Fool-proof flares?
May 2001 p86-92
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Category: Buyers' guides / Seamanship & safety
Author: Tim Bartlett
Description: Buyer's Guide
Flares: Comet Handheld Red, Ikaros Hand Flare, Red, Pains Wessex Red MK7 Handflare, XM Red Hand Flare, Pains Wessex Pinpoint Handsmoke, Ikaros Orange Handsmoke
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Essential Buyers' Guide
Sep 2005 p58-59  (2.00 pages)
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Author: Toby Hodges
Description: Buyer's guide
Products that have triumphed in recent YM gear tests: MOB systems; Sailing software; Hand-held VHFs; Radar sets; Budget liferafts; Radar reflectors
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Cut above the rest - Rope-cutters
Sep 2011 p92-96  (4.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Gear tests / Practical / Product tests
Author: Peter Caplen
Description: Know how - All the answers to the important questions
An essential prop protector or an unnecessary drag on fuel consumption? We snip through the ins and outs of rope-cutters.
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Have flares had their day?
Nov 2013 p8-11  (4.00 pages)
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Category: News / Seamanship & safety
Author: Alastair Buchan
Description: Analysis
There's nothing pyrotechnic flares can do that electronics can't do better. Alastair argues that the MCA's and IMO's failure to accept this could cost lives. 'More than a century ago - long before we had GMDSS - flares were considered to be redundant.'
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Burning bright - a flare for rescue?
Mar 2004 p46-50  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Buyers' Guide / Product tests
Author: Philip Pond
Description: Group test
Distress flares: Comet, Hansson and Pains-Wessex
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Disposal of out of date flares
Nov 1993 p26
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Category: Seamanship & safety / Leader
Author: George Taylor
Description: Waiting for the Tide
Flares
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Hand flares and smoke signals
Jul 2008 p55-59  (5.00 pages)
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Category: Product tests
Author: Alex Bell
Description: Gear Test
Hansson Ikaros red and white hand flares, orange hand smoke signal and buoyant orange smoke; Pains Wessex red and white Mk8 telescopic hand flares, Mk8 orange hand smoke and orange buoyant smoke Mk8; Hansson Ikaros Day-Night Distress Signal; (keywords: Pa
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Time to phase out flares
Jul 2014 p7  (1.00 pages)
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Category: Gear & equipment / Seamanship & safety / Technical
Author: Duncan Wells, RYA Instructor
Description: Opinion: Are flares safe?
Duncan Wells, who almost died when he was hit by a faulty flare, believes electronic methods are the only way forward.
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