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Old 16 April 2011, 06:36   #21
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A good knife is also invaluable such as the RRK rescue knife. I never go boating without one.

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Old 16 April 2011, 10:02   #22
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A good knife is also invaluable such as the RRK rescue knife. I never go boating without one.
Agreed. I keep a "Bearclaw" knife attached to the A frame just behind the drivers post. Nice because if someone else grabs it, it's highly unlikely they'll damage the tubes.

Knife is here:

This particular knife needs a heavy coat of silicone grease if it's in the elements; the stainless is prone to heavy surface rust.

Only had to use it once (semi-emergency; needed to cut a towed boat loose as I was drifting in a river current, and the towed boat was where I wanted it to be, but the tension on the 1/2" line made it impossible to untie. The knife left the boat loose and in position in about a half a second.)

I was going to mention the Merc toggle switch kill cord as well, but Martini and Jezza beat me to it. I'm trying to figure out if I can retrofit my Yam killswitch to that type. If you're not familiar with it, it's a standard toggle switch that gets flipped one way when the killcord is yanked out. Resetting simply involves flipping the toggle switch and firing up the motor.


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Old 16 April 2011, 12:38   #23
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Another handy thing to carry is a bit of cash and possibly bank card.. Break down and get towed into a different harbour, handy to get the beers in for the towing crew!
Also be able to buy spares or even get home!!

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Old 19 April 2011, 14:27   #24
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black bin bags, can be used for lots of things if worst comes to worst.
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Old 19 April 2011, 14:54   #25
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I get to collect my boat tomorrow so thanks for the advice provided. I might have to be selective regarding the items I include as i am not sure that the bow storage bag will hold all of the suggestions. I may choose to to carry 3 litres of beer rather than water as this will negate the need for cash!

In addition to the 15hp engine ordered already, I will be ordering a 60hp motor and trailer. The Suzuki looks interesting as it is light, however I am keen to hear opinions regarding alternatives and their benefits. Is the Yamaha Y-COP security a real benefit? Are there any other important differences that I ought to consider.

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