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Trusted UK Suppliers of Distress Flares

A distress flare is the one piece of marine safety equipment that none of us hope to use. However, if you’re dealing with an emergency situation, it’s essential to have up-to-date flares on board.

Not only must you ensure that all crewmembers know where the flares are stored and how to use them, but also check they are in date. Pyrotechnic flares have an average shelf life of around three years. Once they reach expiry, flares must be disposed of carefully and then replaced. The RYA website gives helpful advice on the safe disposal of out-of-date flares.

YouBoat is a trusted UK supplier of distress flares, offering single flares or flare packs. Our stock of Ikaros handheld flare packs come in compact, water-resistant plastic bottles for easy storage.

Depending on the distance you’ll be from the shore, the following Ikaros flare packs are available:

  • Inshore (close proximity to the land)
  • Coastal (further out – around 5-10 miles from land)
  • Offshore (more than 10 miles from land)

For a longer-lasting, safer alternative to traditional pyrotechnic hand-held flares, we recommend the Ocean Signal EDF1 RescueMe Distress Flare. The LED powered device meets SOLAS requirements and is 100% safe to store. Using modern LED lighting, this simple, yet effective electronic flare has a battery life of up to six hours and can be used within a seven-mile range.

Leading UK Chandlery

YouBoat is a leading UK chandlery offering top quality products at competitive prices. Reputable suppliers of marine safety equipment, we also offer:

  • Excellent customer service
  • Expert advice
  • Fast, efficient delivery
  • Loyalty points

Buying sailing supplies online couldn’t be easier. Take a look at our range of products and find out what our happy customers are saying. Alternatively, come and visit our extensive shop in Portsmouth Harbour.

When it comes to marine safety, YouBoat is a name you can trust.

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