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Old 10 October 2005, 13:29   #1
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Kill cords - again!

I came across THIS today.

Additionally, while on QHM patrol on Saturday I went to assistance of a rib with a big Evinrude on the back which "broke down" half way across from Gunwarf to Ballast. Rib was well loaded and to credit all had LJ's, but driver did not have kill cord attached and problem was he'd not turned the fuel isolator on. Once the fuel had been turned on the rib went on it's way - after I'd reminded the driver perhaps he should attach the kill cord.
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Old 10 October 2005, 13:52   #2
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It just makes total sense to wear one. I fail to see any argument against. Not sure about the wireless version though. How would you know whether it was faulty until you needed it in an emergency?
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Old 10 October 2005, 14:48   #3
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It's like seatbelts - once it becomes a habit there's no problem. I agree about the wireless rig though. How would anyone else know it's live and working? At least with a manual chord everyone can see if you're wearing it. (Doesn't mean it works though!)

To be honest it's PWC's that are the main problem vis a vis killchords. It should be mandatory for them. I'd rather educate other boaters on "appropriate speed" first before kill chords. You only have to read these forums - ribbers are mainly obsessed with speed, the reality being that there are very few days you can open it up anyway.
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Old 10 October 2005, 15:42   #4
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As regards wireless kill chords, I would have thought they would be fail safe.
-If the engine is running then its all ok.
Or am I being naive?
I guess the range would be about 5 metres, and just as reliable as my car's key fob.
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Old 10 October 2005, 15:45   #5
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I really deon like the way mercury chhose to implement kill cords, It's all too easy to flick the switch and leave it on!
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Roger that! Who needs a killchord on an Opti!! The Suzi method was/is far better, in fact it always paid to keep a spare on the boat, as you were going nowehere if you lost it...
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I really deon like the way mercury chhose to implement kill cords, It's all too easy to flick the switch and leave it on!
I agree with you there. I carry a kill cord with all the possible options on it. It's is very easy just to leave the Mercury/Mariner/Quicksilver switch on.
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I do agree with you all, but one advantage of the Mercury design is you can fit 2 chords at once, 1 for the student and 1 for me.
Incidently I noticed on an ex RNLI D class that they used them! What does that say about the design?

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Merc killcords

One other thing on the quicksilver ones, should the helm fall over and you cant find the spare(yes,should be avail and on show) at least the engine can be restarted to carry out a MOB recovery.
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On my Quicksilver set up, I have a seperate kill switch on the underside of the console which is perfect for attaching around the leg. The Osprey wide console is a little different to most.
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