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Old 30 January 2014, 16:44   #151
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Something like this? He even promises the money back if you get run over by your boat
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Old 30 January 2014, 16:45   #152
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True - but it relies on someone choosing to use safety rather than a default position where safety is built in... plenty of electronics on a boat, so shouldn't be an issue...

It would be very simple to replace the kill cord with active-run technology (where you have to actively keep the boat going)...

e.g.
- pressure sensor in the driver's jockey seat (a la seatbelt warning systems in cars)
- while there is pressure on it engine runs - as soon as there is not, engine stops.
- for those with a standing position - a floor based switch / pedal would do the same
cost - I suspect sub 20

maybe simpler:
- pressure sensor in the steering wheel
- once there is no hand on the wheel - engine stops

etc.

the only issue would be if you think of times when you might want the engine running without driver at the helm (e.g. ticking over while single-handed mooring?)

but it is feasible to set up all boats with something which takes care of this issue...

as for 300HP on the back - I saw someone in the solent going off full throttle in a rib with 3 x 225HP on the back - with wife and two v. little children on her lap on the back bench! mmm

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I know what you mean but with the crashing about, movment of weight etc, at sea it would be easy for the system to be set off wrongly and possibly very dangerous.
Also electronics and water don't go to well, what if you had a big wave in and it shorts out, your stuffed!

The kill cord is reliable, simple, more forgiving and does what it says on the tin, tried and tested.
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Old 30 January 2014, 16:50   #153
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Something like this? He even promises the money back if you get run over by your boat
That's the sort of idea I was trying to think of and get at.

But at the end of the day being sensible at the helm and use all safety things currently in use is the main thing
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Old 30 January 2014, 16:50   #154
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True - but it relies on someone choosing to use safety rather than a default position where safety is built in... plenty of electronics on a boat, so shouldn't be an issue...

It would be very simple to replace the kill cord with active-run technology (where you have to actively keep the boat going)...

e.g.
- pressure sensor in the driver's jockey seat (a la seatbelt warning systems in cars) Most of the time I drive standing
- while there is pressure on it engine runs - as soon as there is not, engine stops.
- for those with a standing position - a floor based switch / pedal would do the same My missus drives sat down
cost - I suspect sub 20

maybe simpler:
- pressure sensor in the steering wheel I have autopilot, quite often I have both hands on the screen grab rail
- once there is no hand on the wheel - engine stops

etc.

the only issue would be if you think of times when you might want the engine running without driver at the helm (e.g. ticking over while single-handed mooring?)

but it is feasible to set up all boats with something which takes care of this issue...

as for 300HP on the back - I saw someone in the solent going off full throttle in a rib with 3 x 225HP on the back - with wife and two v. little children on her lap on the back bench! mmm

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I have a killcord, it's cheap, reliable & works. Nothing is idiot proof, there's always a better class of idiot. This subject has been done to death & the conclusion...........................use your killcord, simples
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We've had this debate once guys...
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You might have done! :-)
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And we won't be going there again unless you go and find that thread and continue it

This thread isn't an appropriate place for it.
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Something like this? He even promises the money back if you get run over by your boat
Like the killcord still relies on the driver actually wearing the tether and not just leaving attached to the console/wheel.
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