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Old 07 April 2013, 05:26   #1
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Kill Cords

I know there have been lots of threads re this, I hope this is not a repeat, did a quick search and didn't find out.

So we all use them and the use is not in question. My question is do you carry a spare and where do you store it?

I'm on the Menai straits a fair amount and for those that know there can be a fair bit of current. So in a scenario where you as driver part company with your boat, some types of kill cord will come with you attached to you, which is all good, engine stopped etc

Problem now is you're in current and drifting from the rib, the only way back is the rib coming to you. And if you have the type of kill switch that needs the cord plugged into it, and you have the cord now what?

I have a spare wrapped around the steering column for exactly this problem, I just wondered if others had thought about this or had different solutions?

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Old 07 April 2013, 06:07   #2
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As has been said before, no additional kill cord needed with an Etec, if the kill cord is 'pulled', you can simply re-start the engine on the key. Seems so simple why don't other manufacturers do it this way?
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Old 07 April 2013, 06:24   #3
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Yep you could on my last rib too which had a mercury on it, just flip the switch into the up position. That's not going to work on the tohatsu you have to plug the cord in hence the risk

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If it's a side mounted controls Neil, just keep a spare clipped to the throttle cables.
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I have a spare wrapped around the steering column for exactly this problem, I just wondered if others had thought about this or had different solutions?
Yes - it lives at the top of a box in the console with other "emergency" kit in there. Those who need to know are aware of its location and the process for restarting (in a "panic" it seems likely that not putting engine back to neutral is a likely problem).

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if the kill cord is 'pulled', you can simply re-start the engine on the key. Seems so simple why don't other manufacturers do it this way?
I guess that means if your rescue crew somehow go over there is the risk of two bodies in the water and a run away boat. It also means that there is the risk you accidentally trigger it and then reset it the quick way (certainly the old mercury toggle switch could be ignored like that). I've never understood how the etec one works but I assume it is "electronic" rather than mechanical so is something else to go wrong.
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I have a second one with a very short cord attached to the key . If I go over board a second person can start the motor within seconds .
Also no need to leave anything in the boat - key & cord going into my pocket when I leave the boat .
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If it's a side mounted controls Neil, just keep a spare clipped to the throttle cables.
Yes. One goes 'missing' the other is right there
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If it's a side mounted controls Neil, just keep a spare clipped to the throttle cables.
+1 in clear view so crew can attach quick and get me out of the water quick
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+1 in clear view so crew can attach quick and get me out of the water quick
But only if you trust the crew not to run you over if you're in the water.....
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