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Old 01 August 2012, 16:16   #1
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Kill Cord Reminder

Just putting the boat to bed for the night , went to remove the spare kill cord from the grab rail ( you know the one we keep handy in case we are in the briny and our crew want to restart the engine and pick up the mob ) , and the b****y thing snapped with no great strain on it whatsoever !

It's been covered before , but kill cords can vary in quality , or may get damaged or may simply age . Perhaps give 'em a check over now and again , and if in any doubt , replace . Safe ribbing All ! Bern

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Old 01 August 2012, 16:17   #2
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They tend to become degraded in sunlight.

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Old 01 August 2012, 16:25   #3
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Originally Posted by willk
They tend to become degraded in sunlight.
Ok give up what the hell
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Old 01 August 2012, 16:32   #4
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The real old sea dogs only use the coiled rope ones and not the plastics one supplied with most engines - and dont put round your wrist.
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Old 01 August 2012, 16:34   #5
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I managed to get ejected from my SR4 last week
Thank god for kill cords
I was towing a 6' diameter ringo lost someone so cut in to a sharp turn to pick them up, ringo dug in as it dose some times (nose dives!) and as I was towing frame the top of the Aframe it just pulled the boat over I can remember thinking s**t it's going to turn turtle but no it went back from the 90 degrees! Claimed back in started up & pumped out the boat.
Just a reminder I have to be much more carefull in the SR as I had been using the 6m rib up to this & it rulls over the ringo!

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Old 01 August 2012, 16:47   #6
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Some plastic kill cords are just plastic, some plastic kill cords look like they are just plastic but do have metal wire running through them. So I would recommend the later one. The first type should be banned as they do snap.
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Old 01 August 2012, 17:22   #7
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Many thanks for the reminder - we can all get complacent and take them for granted

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