Originally Posted by Poly
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?
You are better prepared than most (nearly all, I'd imagine.)
I wasn't at all saying I could catch an idling boat; simply pointing out that the merc type doesn't require a spare cord per person (though you do lose the engine shutdown. Recovering someone from the water to the boat requires a shutdown on my boat anyway. I don't leave the motor running near swimmers.)
Unrelated note: JWalker, you described a home-made Merc/Quicksilver type kill switch.