My Coast Guard required flares will be expiring next month. A new set, from West Marine, runs $25. Instead I bought a Weems & Plath Night Visual Distress Signal (Coast Guard approved) from Amazon for $90. Not a great financial decision, what I paid for the strobe would cover the cost of replacing the flares three times over the next decade. I am just glad to have the pyrotechnics off the boat, never liked having them there in the first place.
The strobe is surprisingly bright, and blinks in the morse code SOS pattern. I hope to never use it.
My Amazon order centered around the fall cruise (early October) and included food supplies such as Rio Mare tuna for lunch, Tanka buffalo/cranberry bars (part of the steak and eggs cruise breakfast) and Chimes mango ginger chews for snacks. I am well ahead on prepping for this trip.
Heading down to Betsy Town for a, most likely, slightly humid sail in light winds. I can't wait.