I think connecting yourself to a fast moving anything where there is a likelyhood of it and you parting company suddenly isnt a great idea. You could find yourself out of the boat and hitting the outboard whether still turning or not. Your probably right about the boat moving away faster than you can get to it if you come out. My solution is to go prepared, especially if you are boating alone. Get yourself one of those lovely Australian PLB units - the GME ones, and glue it to you to give yourself a plan B.
In the colder waters around the UK it would be a case of Immersion/dry suit as well, however you may need some shark repellant down under !
Take a handheld VHF also - doesnt hurt to have 2 methods of shouting for help. Maybe attaching 30 feet of line to you and the boat would be an answer, but to be honest I wouldnt attach myself to the boat with anything other than a kill cord.
Originally Posted by seasdes
I have been thinking (a bad move) about the merit of using a safety line, in addition to the kill switch line, to connect me to a SIB in the event that I am tossed out of the boat when boating solo.
The way I see it inflatables will probably drift faster than I can swim and the safety line will at least keep me connected. Or am I being anal?