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.
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.
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.
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?