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Old 07 April 2013, 07:35   #11
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But only if you trust the crew not to run you over if you're in the water.....
Good point I think its time to do some MOB refresher with my scurvy lot I'm sure they would have forgotten about windage technique and remembering to take the boat out of gear to start it up
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Old 07 April 2013, 07:56   #12
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The Honda throttle box on the SR has a spare kill tab clipped into the plastic body. If one goes over the side with the helmsman, there's another readily at hand for the crew.

My lad reckons that he bounced himself half out whilst flying across the Bay with a pal. He managed to haul himself back in without the killcord pulling out. It put the wind up him, which was a lesson learnt.
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Old 07 April 2013, 08:46   #13
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One thing worth mentioning is that it's surprising the numbers of crew that I've conducted a basic MOB exercise with who forget to put the throttle in to neutral before restarting and can't figure why the engine won't start.

BTW I had an old Yamaha that could only be used with a kill clip in position (without one it wouldn't work). I think all new outboards can be started without a kill cord as a safety feature but older ones don't always have this facility.
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Old 07 April 2013, 16:59   #14
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But only if you trust the crew not to run you over if you're in the water.....
I keep a spare kill cord clipped to a handle by the throttle. I also keep a kayaker's throw line clipped to the tubes for my crew to use once they driven back to within 10m of me. (I don't trust them to not run me over - mostly, they only come with me once or twice a year).
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Old 07 April 2013, 17:34   #15
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The Honda throttle box on the SR has a spare kill tab clipped into the plastic body. If one goes over the side with the helmsman, there's another readily at hand for the crew.

My lad reckons that he bounced himself half out whilst flying across the Bay with a pal. He managed to haul himself back in without the killcord pulling out. It put the wind up him, which was a lesson learnt.
Did that on my SR4 as well.It's a hairy experience and not hard to do either.

I keep 2 spare killcords on the 5.4-one on the grab rail in front of the wheel, and one in the the spares box.
That way if one gets broken/damaged somehow,or I forget one there's still a spare.
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Ultimately the kill cord is to stop the boat/vessel running away. It's not a security device only enabling the owner to start the boat as in car stuff.
So as long as the engine dies when the skipper/helm is thrown over, that is the kill cord's job done. There should be another device (identical) on board, enabling the crew to restart the engine. They should also be shown how to do this.
Every crew member should really carry a kill cord around their wrist or person.
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current will effect you and the boat equally, wind however..., and I have a spare in the safety kit and my crew has a spare attached to her LJ
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I retro-fitted the old 1990 Mercury Killswitches to all my boats , the ones that are actual switches, so you can restart the engine without the small bit in an emergency or modify a shoelace to use as killswitch.
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As I am mostly out with people who are not familiar with driving boats at all, my safety brief is to push the red button on the DSC radio for 5 seconds until it bleeps, then wait for assistance to arrive. I do not want anyone who has never driven a boat before trying to start the engine and attempting to come and get me so I don't tell them that a spare killcord is onboard.

In a leisure not commercial environment if I was out with other competent people, then my safety brief is that everything you may need is in my grab bag (killcord, safety knife, basic first aid kit, handheld VHF, handheld GPS). Thinking about it I may put a throw line in my grab bag for this season.
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As I am mostly out with people who are not familiar with driving boats at all, my safety brief is to push the red button on the DSC radio for 5 seconds until it bleeps, then wait for assistance to arrive. I do not want anyone who has never driven a boat before trying to start the engine and attempting to come and get me so I don't tell them that a spare killcord is onboard.

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Was on a corporate jolly on one of solent rib charter boats and asked the skipper if he had a spare cord.....once I explained my boating history he told me yes and where it was.

His view was same as Chris..unless someone is competent you'd not want to survive falling in, then get killed by an attempted recovery......
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