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DIY/TECH

Pyrotechnic Distress Flares
vs. Electronic Distress Strobes
Which is Best? Which is Legal? and,
When Should You Signal for Help? 
By | Andy Adams

Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while
electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the
last couple of years - and they aren't Canadian Coast Guard
approved for use in Canada, at least not yet.
But which one is best? And the more important question is:
When should you signal for help?
When the authorities do a vessel inspection on the water,
they are looking for equipment that is in compliance with the
regulations such as lifejackets, bailing buckets, sound signaling
devices, and so on. It's all laid out in the Small Vessel
Regulations and larger vessels are to be properly and fully
equipped; but for visual signals, vessels under six metres are
only required to carry a watertight flashlight, not necessarily
flares. Yet aren't those smaller vessels the ones that are most
likely to need help in an emergency?
There are far more small boats, and many are used by less
experienced boaters. A simple mistake can turn into an emergency very quickly in a small boat - a man overboard emergency,
unexpected swamping, or a sudden capsize in your kayak.
At the 2016 Canadian Safe Boating Council (CASBA)

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Awards, I was excited to see the Canadian Safe Boating Council
recognize the then-new Weems & Plath and Sirius Signal,
which won the "Safeguarding the Environment Award." Why?
First, because the Weems & Plath "Electronic Flare" as it
was called, was not yet approved for use in Canada, but primarily because there is potential environmental damage when a
pyrotechnic flare is set off, or a spent flare is disposed of in a
landfill. They contain some very toxic materials. So, that's why
the electronic flare won the award and I felt it looked like a great
idea for many reasons; however, legally, Canadian vessels over
six metres are still required to carry flares.
To get a better perspective on these questions, we contacted two of the most experienced and knowledgeable people we know on this subject: John Gullick from the Canadian
Power and Sail Squadrons, who is a former chairman of the
Canadian Safe Boating Council and sits on several marine
advisory committees; and Ted Rankine, also a former chairman of the Canadian Safe Boating Council, co-creator of the
CASBA awards program, and the founder of the long-running Powerboat Television show. On board his own boat and

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2018

At the Helm: Christmas in June
Travel Destination: Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge and the spectacular surrounding cruising offer endless adventures for boaters of all sizes. With all the recent renovations and additional amenities now available, you should give some serious consideration to adding the area to your 2018 ship’s log. By Jennifer Harker
Sail Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
Travel Destination: B.C. Gulf Islands - Now, there is no ice cream as delicious as the ice cream you can buy when your vessel is at anchor. As we prepared to sail further into the Gulf Islands, I was dying to find out what excitement in ice cream lay ahead of us. By Catherine Dook
The Port Hole: June 2018
Club Profile: Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club caters to the interests of both sail and power boats and their crews, who enjoy cruising, racing and the camaraderie of the social scene at the Long Reach Bar. By Katherine Stone
Power Review: Ranger Tugs R23
DIY/Tech: Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes - Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't CCG approved for use in Canada. But which one is best? And when should you signal for help? By Andy Adams
Life Onboard: The Galley Guys and Our Little Secret
Crossing the Line: BVI Un-trashed
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Intro
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Cover1
Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Cover2
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - At the Helm: Christmas in June
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Travel Destination: Killarney - Killarney Mountain Lodge and the spectacular surrounding cruising offer endless adventures for boaters of all sizes. With all the recent renovations and additional amenities now available, you should give some serious consideration to adding the area to your 2018 ship’s log. By Jennifer Harker
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Sail Review: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Travel Destination: B.C. Gulf Islands - Now, there is no ice cream as delicious as the ice cream you can buy when your vessel is at anchor. As we prepared to sail further into the Gulf Islands, I was dying to find out what excitement in ice cream lay ahead of us. By Catherine Dook
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Club Profile: Bay of Quinte Yacht Club - Bay of Quinte Yacht Club caters to the interests of both sail and power boats and their crews, who enjoy cruising, racing and the camaraderie of the social scene at the Long Reach Bar. By Katherine Stone
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Power Review: Ranger Tugs R23
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - DIY/Tech: Pyrotechnic Distress Flares vs. Electronic Distress Strobes - Pyrotechnic distress flares have been around for decades, while electronic strobe distress flares have only been introduced in the last couple of years - and they aren't CCG approved for use in Canada. But which one is best? And when should you signal for help? By Andy Adams
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Life Onboard: The Galley Guys and Our Little Secret
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Canadian Yachting June 2018 - Crossing the Line: BVI Un-trashed
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