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Old 22 December 2002, 04:14   #1
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Kill Cords

Just click on this and have a look !

http://www.europeclass.org.uk/index....htm~mainiecars
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Old 22 December 2002, 05:42   #2
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Old 22 December 2002, 06:24   #3
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Old 22 December 2002, 08:12   #4
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Printed this out and stuck it on the wall in the bar @ local sailing club where i have a never ending battle getting the 'old salts' to wear kill cords when driving the RIBs on safety duty!

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Old 22 December 2002, 17:17   #5
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I will never say I told you so, but I told you so.
Quite right, needs to be on the wall of EVERY sailing club, particularly those that have Wizzo 5m RIBS with Macho 60HP engines, designed to be operated by prats who refuse to:
1. Wear Kill Cords
2. Bouyancy aids
3. Carry first aid kits
4. Carry Bivvy bags.......I could go on.

I have one particular club in mind who, in my humble opinion, operate Danger Boats!

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I've had reason to be gratefull that my Kill cord worked although I was chucked out at high speed the boat was less than 50 metres away from me, hence I am here telling you the story. The interesting thing was although the switch operated and the cord detached from the switch. The force of me hitting the water removed the cord from my leg. Fortunately the spare was in the tub.

On another occasion I physically broke the Kill swith with ny knee , which was a bit of a bummer. I noted with apprecaiation that the organisers of the round Ireland Challenge stipulated that every boat carry a spare Kill switch and cord. good call!

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Lucky crew indeed. Hope that teaches em to use a kill cord in the future.

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This kill-cord thing is so, so important. One of my early SIB-ing experiences resulted in me being in the water with the SIB circling around over my head with the outboard at full throttle. Only because of sheer determination am I here to tell the story, albeit with a large, unexplained scar on my big toe. And I had intended to use the kill-cord, but just forgot. In fact just seconds before leaving the boat, I'd thought - "oops - better attach the kill cord in a minute".

Had I been unfortuante to have been unconscious upon entering the water, I doubt that I would be here to tell this.
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Equally important

as wearing a kill cord, ( which hopefully will avoid the boat coming back round and making mincemeat of you if you fell in ) is.............if there are other people on board who are clueless, they should be told before setting off

A. where the spare killcord is
B. How to fit it
C. Very Basic info on how to put the engine back into neutral, restart the engine and how to engage gear to potter back to pick you up, rembering to turn off engine as they approach you in the water.

Good advice would be to let them have a go at fitting killcord & starting engine and pottering around in circles at low speed approaching a buoy

Having the spare killcord actually attached on a short line to the console near the starter key would be usefull
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Old 24 December 2002, 17:17   #10
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Re: Equally important

Could not agree more matiboy - a short breifing for novices is invaluable, in reality it's even more important when it's rough since departure from boat is more likely.

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Having the spare killcord actually attached on a short line to the console near the starter key would be usefull
Not a bad idea, never thought of that - would you not say there is an increased risk of this kill cord becoming lost/damaged etc. during normal use as opposed to, say, stowing it away under the seat, in teh console etc.

One final point - anyone fitted a second kill cord for passengers and what are the thoughts on this. I have recently bought one and intend to fit it for when it's really rough, at teh moment i am constantly looking over my sholder to check crew is still there! I am considering putting a 'by-pass' switch in though so i can restart the engine quickly should crew depart with their kill cord.

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