The saying 'Red Sky in the morning sailors take warning' apparently has very old roots. In the bible (Matthew 16:2-3) the following quote is attributed to Jesus: 'And in the morning, foul weather today for the heaven is red and lowering' The above image was taken at 6.30am on my way down for my morning dip, however, I cannot remember how the weather panned out that day. Was it the foretaste of strong winds perhaps, or of a storm brewing? Anyway, I digress. With passing trade no longer allowed at the bricks and mortar chandlery www.storrarmarine.co.uk, only click and collect and mail order at www.marinechandlery.co.uk, boss man Andy was intrigued to receive an email enquiry the other day for almost 200 red hand flares which was then converted into a definite order when someone rang up to pay for them! Being the curious sort of guy that he is, Andy asked the voice on the other end of the phone what she was going to do with them, his question was only partly answered, apparently it was vague to say the least but my boss thinks it may be a comic book hero (in a soon to be released film) who is possibly on the receiving end of the flares! As to what time of day they are being discharged, or if there will be a red sky, who knows. It may be that the igniting of the flares and the subsequent filming will be shot in the 'Hobs of Hell'?
Whilst Andy's chandlery does get through a surprising number of conventional flares during a season, last year being an exception of course, he is seeing a lot more take up for electronic flares. Of the two makes we sell, both for under £100-00, the slightly more expensive one at £94.95 is the Odeo Flare. Similar in size to a traditional flare but does not use an explosive charge. It's replaceable batteries last nine hours, and among its features are a built in SOS feature. At £89-95 is the Ocean Signal EDF1. According to their sales pitch, it's the most compact electronic flare on the market 40% smaller than similar devices, six hour operation life and ideal for a grab bag or liferaft!
There is no problem with the shipping of electronic flares, they can even be taken on a plane with no restrictions, however the transport of conventional flares can be a nightmare. Believe it or not we once had a liferaft turned back by a ferry company in the Ionian because it contained 'dangerous goods', ie. flares, packed in the container. It seemed strange to us seeing as the ferries all carry life rafts and flares as part of their safety equipment! As for shipping out mail order in the UK, sadly there is a cost implication as the carriers that will ship these items do charge a premium! For shop click and collect we offer the Pains Wessex range and for delivery by carrier it's the Aurora range.