Originally posted by Alex Brown
.... if I went over and there was someone else on board, they could either start the aux, or relocate the kill cord to the main engine controls, and use that instead.
Good point - carrying a second kill cord in a prominent place is recommended, particularly with the type where a horseshoe type thingie goes ove the button and holds it out to run. Otherwise the helmsman goes over the side with the kill cord and the boat cannot be started to go and get him. Not so bad with the type that has a plastic loop going over a switch that can be flicked back up to run without the cord. Cos i spend a lot of time on other peoples/schools boats I have in my pocket one of those cords with just about every fitting known to man on the end, just in case
Oh by the way I'm a leg man
- although I have seen the helmsman of a coastguard boat end up flat across the tubes but with the engine still running at full chat cos the cord had not moved far enough to cut the engine! I had to reach forward from the back pod to yank the cord out.