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Old 10 May 2013, 11:50   #91
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Personally, I prefer to have the cord well away from the steering wheel as my kill switch is mounted on the underside of the control lever and is situated level with the steering wheel, so when seated it would probably get in the way, once it has gone round my gut. I loop it round above my knee and clip it back on itself. It is out of the way and has a reasonable length allowing for some movement. I often kill the engine with it, rather than the ignition switch, to keep the cut off switch free and to test it is working.
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Old 10 May 2013, 11:54   #92
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Spoke with a lifejacket and safety equipments manufacturer today and following the Padstow incident and feedback are now adding a clip/loop to their lifejackets for the kill cord clip to make is eaier to use- Already manufacturers are onboard
Thats all well and good but seriously how difficult is it to use a kill cord, I just dont get it, you plug it in and then with the other end it goes round your leg and clips on. How difficult is that ? Also with it going round your leg it is below steering area and away from throttle levers etc and out of the way. I really dont get the need for a clip on a life jacket, it could if not positioned well cause problems.

If it aint broke dont fix it comes to mind, a well positioned kill cord switch and use of the cord around a leg should be fine.
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Old 10 May 2013, 11:58   #93
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Thats all well and good but seriously how difficult is it to use a kill cord, I just dont get it, you plug it in and then with the other end it goes round your leg and clips on. How difficult is that ? Also with it going round your leg it is below steering area and away from throttle levers etc and out of the way. I really dont get the need for a clip on a life jacket, it could if not positioned well cause problems.

If it aint broke dont fix it comes to mind, a well positioned kill cord switch and use of the cord around a leg should be fine.
Agreed.

i've clipped mine onto various places on occasions to try it when I've had new kit and it's always been easier and safer to put it round my leg.
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Old 10 May 2013, 12:11   #94
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Requiring kills switches to be in new boats

The U.S. Coast Guard is still arguing about requiring manufacturers to INSTALL emergency engine kill switches in all new power boats below a certain length. If your boat does not have a kill switch, a kill cord is not going to do you much good.

The Milligan accident has focused attention on kill cords in the UK. We see waves of attention on kill switches / kill cords from time to time.

Here in the U.S. the Coast Guard proposed making them mandatory in all new boats below a certain length in 2009. The matter is still being discussed. USCG supplied some injury and fatality statistics from 2002-2006 with their proposal.

We posted a piece showing the same kind of stats were previously compiled by USCG back in 1979 when attention was focused on the issue.

Propeller Safety History Repeats Itself, Repeats Itself …. :: Propeller Guard Information Center

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Agreed.

i've clipped mine onto various places on occasions to try it when I've had new kit and it's always been easier and safer to put it round my leg.
It's a function of the geometry of your boat, leg size and cord length. Round the leg doesn't work on our RC ... cord ends up too short and on two occasions I've stood up and killed the engine.

I'm not knocking anybody's method, just suggesting there may be more than one perfectly safe solution and not necessarily a one size fits all.
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Old 10 May 2013, 12:25   #96
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Thats all well and good but seriously how difficult is it to use a kill cord, I just dont get it, you plug it in and then with the other end it goes round your leg and clips on. How difficult is that ? Also with it going round your leg it is below steering area and away from throttle levers etc and out of the way. I really dont get the need for a clip on a life jacket, it could if not positioned well cause problems.

If it aint broke dont fix it comes to mind, a well positioned kill cord switch and use of the cord around a leg should be fine.
Agreed.

I helm lots of different boat and I have never had a problem with attaching the kill cord. It does not tangle round anything, and it does not keep pulling out.

If the kill switch is really in the wrong place, then move it to an appropriate position where it does not tangle or pull out.

Sounds like a load of excuses from people trying to justify not wearing the kill cord to me.
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My one always goes on my leg, however i was thinking about my pals RIB that is between waist and chest high on the consol, it would be ideal for that set up. It's bound to be better than round his wrist.
In fact i always wear a PFD as sometimes i'm more in the water than at the helm. The PFD has loop attachments on it already, and he was going to buy one for just that reason.
Everybody has a slightly different set up, if it makes it easier for even a few, then it gets my vote.

Also a place for the crew/passenger to have theirs clipped ? just a thought.

If it was clipped in to a small pocket even better, save it swinging about, catching etc
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Old 12 May 2013, 03:38   #98
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Autotether Man Overboard MOB wireless Kill Cord system. | eBay

Heres a wireless kill cord on ebay..
I will still wear and prefer my own, round my leg, with a spare cord on crew, and in boat box incase my one breaks or gets lost etc IMO
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I'm confused (but that's not hard). How does this kill the engine?

Is that a 12v cigar lighter plug that's invlolved?

No mention of what the wireless protocol is? Having been involved in the development of many bluetooth devices I'm inclined to needing a huge amount of convincing that wireless protcols are stable, reliable or durable enough for this type of safety feature at an affordable price point.
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I'm confused (but that's not hard). How does this kill the engine?

Is that a 12v cigar lighter plug that's invlolved?

No mention of what the wireless protocol is? Having been involved in the development of many bluetooth devices I'm inclined to needing a huge amount of convincing that wireless protcols are stable, reliable or durable enough for this type of safety feature at an affordable price point.
I don't know....didnt read how it worked, i just spotted it. a few folk have asked why cant we have wireless ones, it was put up in answer to that. As iv'e said before i'm quite happy with my trusted cord round my leg.
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