What flares do I HAVE to carry?
I am a 44 foot UK flagged SSR registered private sailboat, currently wandering around the Caribbean. I have VHF + handheld, EPIRB, SSB, mobile phone but I guess that does not matter if there is some LEGAL requirement to carry flares.
I do have flares but they are either out of date or will be shortly. In practice I will hang on to them and add some new Solas rocket flares.
BUT I would like to find the legal position. What is the position re flares? DO I have to have them onboard? If yes how many and what type?
I believe that the French will fine you for carrying out of date flares, does anyone know if this is actively enforced in the French islands in the Caribbean.
Does it make a difference which island I visit?
I tried to find the answer using Mr Google and got lost and asked on other forums but just got lots of answers on disposing of old flares.
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