Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Old flares

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Juneau
    Posts
    110

    Default Old flares

    How do you get rid of your out-dated flares? There doesn't seem to be an easy (legal) way to dump them.

  2. #2
    Moderator AKmud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Wasilla, Alaska, United States
    Posts
    3,163

    Default easy....

    fire them off! It is good practice anyway to be familiar with how they work. I don't think I would blow one sky high, but maybe down a riverbed, out into the ocean or something (Jim creek is good for this!)

    Or, give them to the local PD and let them worry about it.
    AKmud
    http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j96/AKmud/213700RMK1-1.jpg


    The porcupine is a peacful animal yet God still thought it necessary to give him quills....

  3. #3

    Default

    I did that at 20 mile about 15 years ago, it was the rainiest day I remember and it the bushes were smoldering and smoking, but didnt catch fire. Good thing...

  4. #4

    Default

    It's legal to have expired flares onboard, as long as they're stashed away and you have current flares onboard too. Never hurts to have spares on the boat. They might come in handy for starting a fire, or if you run out of flares signalling help.

    If you simply have too many, perhaps you can contact AMSEA or your local Coast Guard Auxillary and see if they could use them for training.

  5. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Juneau
    Posts
    110

    Default

    The Auxiliary isn't supposed to take them; they don't have a way to legally dispose of them short of a flare demonstration and then they have to get permission from the Coast Guard. I'd be surprised if AMSEA would take them either. If you do fire them off, you are (in effect) signalling for help. If someone sees your flare and calls the CG, you could be charged with a false distress call and be responsible for costs/fines; so that's not the greatest idea either. I've got lots of outdated flares and even spares aboard the boat, but after 20 years, it's becoming quite a collection since I've got more than one boat and am required to carry flares on each one...other ideas??

  6. #6
    Moderator Daveinthebush's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Valdez, Alaska
    Posts
    3,890

    Default If

    If they are the 12 gauge kind, buy an extra flare gun and take it on hiking and hunting trips where a radio may not work. A flare gun with some flares weighs less than a VHF radio and at least a passing aircraft may see it. Great fire starter too!

  7. #7

    Default

    Mike,

    When I was stationed at AirSta Sitka (and Kodiak) we'd pop off smokes and flares while practicing donning our survival suits in the water. I do believe even we had to contact Juneau, but it's probably not that big a deal.

    In fact several times over the years I've heard somebody, I believe AMSEA, announcing on channel 16 that they we're getting ready to launch flares and made the advisory to all mariners.

    Not doubting you, just recalling my experiences.

  8. #8
    Member plankton's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Seward
    Posts
    34

    Default Seen it several times

    Down here in seward/AVTEC-ville just about once a year I hear on the radio or see them down on the beach front blowing off flares fopr thier course, now IDK if they are interested in poppin off your old ones or not, but I can't see why they wouldn't. More training the more your class will learn. I'd call AVTEC and ask for thier AMSEA instructor. See what he has to say about it.

  9. #9
    Member Crumm's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Fairbanks, AK
    Posts
    505

    Default

    Just set them off with the rest of your fireworks New-Years eve..

  10. #10

    Default

    Just keep them! As long as you have your three that are within compliance the USCG doesnt care how many expired ones you have onboard. If you ever are in distres I guarantee your gonna want to use more than one three. Ive fired those things of that were 12 years old before.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •