Originally Posted by boristhebold
I dont think there is a solution to the kill cord issue unless its made compulsory which i doubt will happen..............
.........I feel the publishers of boat mags as an industry should stop using shots of boats and people underway if they are not wearing a life jacket or kill cord.
Now, where did I leave that can-opener....
I wouldn't be so sure about the low likelihood of killcord use becoming compulsory (but I do think it won't be policed) - all coded RIBs are already forced to use them so the idea is around. If insurance companies made it clear that they would be arguing the toss in injury cases (contributory negligence) it would make a few think. If Publishers insisted on their use in print, it would have to help. I'm not hugely in favour of trying to enforce safety and remove risk from our every living moment, but there are lots of little things we do without much thought that could be made safer with a little encouragement. Killcords and PFDs are two of them. Many, many awful incidents occur annually that would have ended much less tragically had both these devices been used.
As a side bar, I was at a harbour a couple of weeks ago and saw a family preparing to go fishing in small boat - basically a 15' punt. The man and his three young sons (aged 8-15?) had no PFDs on or in the vessel. There was zero equipment on board other than fishing rods. They had no warm clothes. There was not even a fender or drum to use as buoyancy. Needless to say, no flares or VHF - like I say - the boat was open and empty. The main engine failed to start, so they went off on the aux., no killcord, naturally. I last saw them about two miles out to sea - fishing. The only protective clothing the man had on was a pair of waders....
Lots do this and survive, but quite a few get caught every year. I think a lot of it is down to ignorance and a refusal to consider that something might go wrong.