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Old 09 June 2016, 02:34   #1
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Kill cord cable

Do you guys think it's ok to extend the kill cord cable as I can't get to my bow bag or seat without pulling it out, or is it short so if you go overboard the motor would cut out before you made contact with the prop
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Old 09 June 2016, 03:24   #2
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I've put two together one round my leg or i can fasten to my life-jacket to give a bit more movement
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IMHO, no its not a good idea. one of the times you are most likely to get ejected is when stretching for kit, not looking where you are going, off balance, etc. There is probably a debate how quickly the prop stops spinning and chances of being hit on the first pass, but a longer cord is more likely to foul on something as you go over and therefore fail to work.
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IMHO, no its not a good idea. one of the times you are most likely to get ejected is when stretching for kit, not looking where you are going, off balance, etc. There is probably a debate how quickly the prop stops spinning and chances of being hit on the first pass, but a longer cord is more likely to foul on something as you go over and therefore fail to work.
agree you should never be off balance kit should be at hand unless you stop and sort but well stowed kit shouldn't need any sorting really,but most kill cord lengths are too short once round my leg and thats it i dont wear it on the wrist because i forget about it when using the chart-plotter and it pulls out no good when your close in shore where i like to go, keeping the engine running is a must in case of a quick response needed.but its down to individual assessments for me chances of hitting the prop going overboard are minimal but i also use a hand hold i have set up forward for my left hand as an added stabilizer [neoprene dog lead] works well in the rough.
i drive right-hand on the tiller sat port tube just me.
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It sounds like a slippery slope to me, what happens when you upgrade to a 7m?
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Do you wear a LJ, if you do, then attach a D ring, and clip kill cord to that, this gives a little more usability, however if I was stretching to the bow when I had my sib, I always stopped first.
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but most kill cord lengths are too short once round my leg and thats it i dont wear it on the wrist
jeff makes a good point, if you've got chubby legs and so are losing 30+cm of cord compared to a wrist*, then you might justify "extending"** by a small amount. Attaching to LJ is a good alternative.


* Whilst using a wrist is often shown in manuf. instructions for tiller steered boats, it is not ideal and can come off more easily than you might like. If you want to use your wrist the Jetski world adopt a velcro wristband that the KC clips to.

** But its probably better to do as Jeff does and fit a firm attachment point to your leg rather than extend the cord itself. However I'm a leave it attached to LJ person myself.
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to clarify IMO one single kill cord lanyard [Suzuki] does not give me enough movement the way i like to drive and operate my electronics with my set up. round my thigh is 27 inches not sure what the lanyard stretches too but its tight and pulls out if i move hence the second lanyard you could if you wish make a strap that just goes round your leg and use one lanyard.when i had my rib i only had one lanyard to my left arm on the throttle the sib is different i find, but my bum never leaves the seat underway and i dont do any shifting of kit etc. in fact no one moves on my boats underway wearing a kill cord or not thats just common sense.being a diver and dropping over the side of many inflatable i know the chance of hitting the prop is minimal IMO even with an extended lanyard, you might risk assess if differently and keep to the one lanyard each to their own in 40 odd years of boating i have never fell out or near to it not that it cant happen but the risk is acceptable to me.best way is to pull the cord next time your out at a decent speed and watch what happens to the prop they dont spin for long also try falling in with your chosen length and see where you are in terms of the prop all to put your mind at rest.
there you go poly is a LJ attached cord his preference and a sound place you could argue the LJ jacket gives more length than my leg so that might be for you, different boats different sitting positions all come into it.but dont have one you can swan about the boat with or you might as well not have one.

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As some of you know I'm no shirking violet to say the least. So the way I got round the issue was to attach a small carabiner to the front of my LJ. Problem solved.


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As some of you know I'm no shirking violet to say the least. So the way I got round the issue was to attach a small carabiner to the front of my LJ. Problem solved.


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so categories are wristers, leggers, LJ's
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