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Old 28 August 2010, 07:39   #11
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How did you mod the set up Willk?
I fitted a patch of Velco to the clip end and glued another patch "in plain sight" on the console. Now when I detach the clip, I stick it on the console patch - hard to miss a red curly beside the helm and throttles

Previously the kill cord hung down between the seats and as the actual kill switch is below the console, it was easily overlooked.
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Old 28 August 2010, 07:39   #12
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a couple of clowns in a "fletcher" type speedboat
Isn't it odd how often you see a similar collection of words in the same sentence

Everybody forgets to attach the cord sometimes, and even those of us that use them, can we honestly say we religiously check it is working every time? I know I don't - though I do check it semi regularly I found on one occasion it wasn't working due to the key being sticky and not popping out when the clip pulled off, if I had gone over the side that day I could have been in the same situation. I have no idea how long it hadn't been working but possibly for several trips.

Hope they make a speedy recovery...
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Old 28 August 2010, 09:57   #13
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It's so hard to remember to turn off the engine everytime i disconnect the kill cord to do something. Though i know i have to.
Leave the kill cord connected to you. That way if you're not at the controls, then engine will be off. Easy!
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Old 28 August 2010, 12:30   #14
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Leave the kill cord connected to you. That way if you're not at the controls, then engine will be off. Easy!
Good advice JK. I leave mine connected to my lifejacket all the time but the problem is I forget its there and every time I leave the helm I get a real shock and wonder why my outboard has suddenly stopped running. It takes a minute of panic until I realise what has happened but at least I know my kill cord works.
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I forget its there and every time I leave the helm I get a real shock and wonder why my outboard has suddenly stopped running.
Been there done that! Scares the cr*p out of me every time
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Old 28 August 2010, 12:52   #16
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Yep, done that a few times too
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I fitted a patch of Velco to the clip end and glued another patch "in plain sight" on the console. Now when I detach the clip, I stick it on the console patch - hard to miss a red curly beside the helm and throttles

Previously the kill cord hung down between the seats and as the actual kill switch is below the console, it was easily overlooked.
You could just clip it round the steering wheel... but if you've got a velcro fettish...

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Leave the kill cord connected to you. That way if you're not at the controls, then engine will be off. Easy!
so you never leave the console with the engine still running? I mostly adopt your approach - but there are times when I don't want to stop/start the engine.
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Old 28 August 2010, 18:07   #18
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You could just clip it round the steering wheel... but if you've got a velcro fettish...
LOL - I don't generally attach the killcord when I'm maneuvering away from trailers/pontoons/other craft. Have to move quickly sometimes to grab/push/pull things. I always want it on soon afterward though - and that's when one forgets...
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I have a carabiner on the end of the cord which I clip to my waistbelt. I find this to be the least intrusive and allows me to move my arms & legs freely without accidentally tripping the switch.
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Old 28 August 2010, 20:38   #20
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I had mine around my left leg at about knee height on the old boat and will have a similar arrangement on the new one. With a centre mounted single console you can stretch far enough to fend off things on each side of the boat or grab a pontoon without pulling the cord out.
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