Originally Posted by boristhebold
Also if a long journey and the weather is bad perhaps think about using a safety line attached to boat and your life jacket presuming you are going to wear one.
But you need to think about the risks of being attached to your boat if you manage to flip it... And your KC needs to be shorter than the safety line or you can expect to be towed through the water at high speed
Also let someone know where your going and what time due arrival at destination, perhaps log a passage plan with coastguard.
But be aware that if you don't report arrival to CG that DOES NOT instigate a search. SOMEONE has to contact the CG to say you didn't arrive.
You need to also think about how to get back to your boat and on it. You may want to look at MustRibs experiences on the Round Ireland. He was making way SH when something went wrong his seat mounting broke and threw him OB. KC on and worked. He couldn't swim in Dry Suit + LJ etc back to the boat which he could see. Speaking of which thats a good time to mention tech failing. MustRib had a VHF on his LJ which was his primary plan in such a situation. VHF was destroyed on impact with water (hitting water at 30kts is not like jumping in a swimming pool) - fortunately he had a PLB and raised the alarm and a yellow canary came and got him. How sure are we that a bit of electronics wouldn't also disintegrate on impact with the water...
Poly talked about some stuff that people worry about KCs for. TBH they aren't things that long passages suffer from. You don't anchor while underway at speed, you don't moor while under way. All those things that require you to leave the console should be done at low speed, although I agree there will be times you'll want the power on still. As poly says create a list of reasons you need to leave the console. Then ask on here or search for solutions - most have a way if you are 'clever' enough.
If you REALLY need to move about underway - explore a short KC for normal passage making and a long for moving about, but be aware long KC means you may not have stopped the engine by the time it hits you first time.
I read the OP differently from others. I read he was saying he was thinking of using his KC because he was going to be SHanded rather than I'm going to be S Handed and wondering how I'm going to do things on the boat. If my reading is the case and he normally doesn't use the KC because there is someone else on board to stop the engine then (a) stop doing that (b) read the MAIB report on the Padstow Accident (all ended up in the water) (c)stop doing it.