Even though we had enough fireworks on board ZTC to kick off a formidable Independence Day celebration, when it came to emergency signaling devices, we were still not legal in the Coast Guard’s eyes, that is, if we were actually in a country that cared about such things (which I don’t believe we are).
In spite of that lack of concern here in Grenada, we thought it best that we conform to the regs and replace our out-of-date emergency flares with some new ones (we routinely have our anchor day mark hoisted too, something that is “required” yet ignored by the vast majority of pleasure yachts). Replace is probably not the correct word though because I do not intend on throwing the older ones away. In fact, I’m pretty sure that they’d all work just fine and in a real emergency situation, I’d like to have as many opportunities to signal for help as possible. I will keep them separated though, and marked as out of date, so that, if in the event that we’re boarded and given a safety inspection some day in the future, the Coast Guard will not be thrown off by the old ones.
Think that it’s impossible to regulate safety? You’re not the only one.