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Old 10 May 2011, 17:09   #11
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Pulling the killcord switch triggers an alarm light on the helmsman's panel
a far better arrangement than killing the engine at speed surely. Stopping a boat dead at full chat is gonna hurt somebody
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Thanks for all the replies.

I dont fancy losing the engine power & suddenly slowing from 30 knots or more! The light idea seems the best way to go - don't think a buzzer would be heard above engine etc

I do try and keep check on my passengers, but in the time it takes to hit a wave badly and recover a fair distance could be covered.

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' course, you could just have them kitted with a bit of string and a clothes peg...

Clip it to yer beanie - cold head, no buddy
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' course, you could just have them kitted with a bit of string and a clothes peg...

Clip it to yer beanie - cold head, no buddy
What and risk getting cold LOL
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When they go quiet, it's probably worth a look over the shoulder to see if they're still there.
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Old 11 May 2011, 04:43   #16
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missing passengers

story from a mate who teaches jet ski regularly was that after pursuing girlie student on ski down the estuary in the school rib he eventually caught up with her (when she finally stopped) and conversation went sommat like
you ok??
yep most fun I've ever had with m'clothes on, must buy one.
Haven't you lost something?
No dont think so-shades/make up etc all ok
but havent you lost SOMETHING ???
no
wasnt your boyfriend on the back of the ski when you set off?
oh bugga where is he ??
A mile or so down the coast on the other rib where you threw him off the back of the ski when you set off!
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A couple of points - the Mercury kill switches are not sealed - the boat will stop quickly but try it under controlled conditions, I would rather know that someone has gone over the side and stop quickly than to lose a crew member. A flashing light is good option and used to be compulsory on tandem OCR race boats.
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When they go quiet, it's probably worth a look over the shoulder to see if they're still there
that usually means m'other half has gone to sleep, no matter what the sea conditions or speed and has still not fallen off the jockey seat-bit like a budgie on its perch.
Never really thought of the topic as a problem before but easy enough to fit a light via a kill switch, I'll put it on the list of jobs to do.
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