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Old 25 April 2016, 05:29   #21
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Makes sense - it was my ignorance
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Old 25 April 2016, 06:40   #22
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Now to add confusion to the mix Willk (who just to remind everyone started this thread hoping to find a rare kill cord at a celticly-acceptable price!) is using a diesel inboard where the kill circuit is wired in the opposite direction [i.e. the switch opens to kill the engine].
I'd like to point out that the confusion was added AFTER I made my heartfelt plea. FYI, I'd say delivered for c.15 would mean my ancestors could rest easy and not disturb their neighbours with unseemly rotation...
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In the usual spirit of, 'If you want it done properly, do it yourself.' here's what I did.

Purchase a decent quaility double throw waterproof toggle switch so it can be on or off depending on the way you choose to wire it - I know a single throw could be mounted other way up but you can guarantee sod's law will prevail at some point. Get a wee strip of stainless steel slightly wider than the switch and file a curve into one end. This strip is going to be made into a guard. Make a cardboard version of this first to get the sizes correct. The other end of the steel strip has a hole drilled into it of a size to suit the switch thread. The steel guard (strip) is going to be mounted on the front face of the switch mounting surface - switch through panel -> steel guard -> washer -> switch nut.

Right, now you need to bend the strip forward at 90 degrees so it pokes out from over the top of the switch, next you need to bend the strip downwards so it protects the toggle in the up position - the filed curve allows tricky access to the toggle should the switch be (inadvertently, of course ) put on without the cord and it needs to be switched off again. The switch is activated by a kill cord of your choice and needs a loop over the toggle before it is switched up behind the guard. The loop can be anything of your choice, wire, metal clip, keyring, the loop on the cord end etc., and if you're incapable of making a suitable clip you shouldn't be let out onto the ocean in charge of a boat! IMHO!

Plainly, the dimensions have to be reasonably accurate and that's where your cardboard comes in to play. The top off yer cornflake packet will do fine for that.

And you'll have the added satisfaction of pride in your work... And, in willks case, the pleasure of outdoing the customs man!
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I've never been a huge fan of the Mercury flick switch (and having cruised with willk have no doubts anyone who was trusted with recovering him, would know where the spare cord was etc.)
That's part of the feature list (to quote Microsoft.)

On my original kill switch, the little red button had to be pried out to get the key back on before the engine could be run. It could take anywhere from 30 seconds to over a minute for *me* to get that done, much less someone who had never tried and was going by instructions. That one didn't last long.

The new one is the Merc toggle type. If tripped, one needs only to toggle the switch (which looks like a normal switch - an added bonus), and they can fire the motor and come get me, or at least offset wind and/or current until I can swim back to the boat. The toggle switches are (IMO) more robust than the plastic pull-button type with the circlip-like holdoff.

Spare cord is a good idea (and I have one), but at recovery speed, what are the odds of a second person going overboard? And if that happens, what does the third guy do?

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but at recovery speed, what are the odds of a second person going overboard?
You mean when the possibly less experienced helm is leaning over the side trying to pull you aboard? or when an over enthusiastic casualty or crew member bumps the throttle trying to get aboard?

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on my boat he uses HIS KC to recover you (everyone I trust with the throttle normally has their own on their L/J). However as it will most likely be at low speed the chance of the boat still being in throwing distance is high. If two of you are in the water and the prop is spinning at 4 knots do you think you can catch up, or keep out the way if it circles back?
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Now I am lost lol
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The new switch obviously has a different lanyard and clip. I need a spare but they're proving elusive. It is a three pronged affair (see attached) but the gap is a little wider than the similar clip found on my Universal killswitch. Basically it's similar to the Evinrude/OMC/Yamaha clips but with an 8mm gap to their 5mm, different. Irritatingly, I bought one by accident back in 2008 for my 'Rudes, and chucked it in disgust. The tartan 50% of my blood is boiling! Has anyone got one going spare or know where I can score one? Not keen to pay $30 postage from the States
did you get sorted willk just noticed on flea bay a universal kill cord with loads of prongs on for 8.50.

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did you get sorted willk just noticed on flea bay a universal kill cord with loads of prongs on for 8.50.

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Not sorted yet. I have a universal but my fitting is not on it - from photos the others look the same.
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Not sorted yet. I have a universal but my fitting is not on it - from photos the others look the same.
you tried Barnett marine or barrus
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bottom one looks like yours pirates cave 01634295233 code TA0532 14.24 in stock.

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