What type of flare should you carry on your boat?
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If seldom leave sight of land you should carry handheld red flares aerial flares 12 gauge HP or skyblazer xlt signals.
If you travel offshore occasionally, and do not travel overnight you should carry hand held red flares aerial flares 12 gauge HP or skyblazer xlt signals smoke flares orange hand held.
if you travel offshore out of sight of land for extended periods you should carry hand held flares Solas approved aerial flares 25mm or solas approved smoke flares.
When I fish in my boat for Salmon, Sturgeon or Walleye on the Columbia river, and Tillamook bay I carry the Orion hand-held Marine red signal flare.
It is also a very good idea to carry a VHF radio so you may call the coastguard in case of a emergency.