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Old 25 November 2016, 12:46   #11
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Surely this method will give the new driver all sorts of problems as you have just walked away with the kill cord and the new driver will be wondering why he can't get the boat to go??
I deliberately left the bit about what I do with killcords out of the explanation on account of how it would upset some of the more delicate snowflakes in the audience...

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I deliberately left the bit about what I do with killcords out of the explanation on account of how it would upset some of the more delicate snowflakes in the audience...


We never bother with the kill cord thingy, it just gets in the way.
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We never bother with the kill cord thingy, it just gets in the way.

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Old 25 November 2016, 13:43   #14
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We never bother with the kill cord thingy, it just gets in the way.

What's a kill cord anyway?
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What's a kill cord anyway?

You're just being silly now
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Can't think of a situation where it's imperative to let go of the steering wheel, certainly at speed. Okay there might be one or two such as a lumpy following sea in worsening conditions where you don't want to be swamped or take a wave beam on. Otherwise reduce the throttle to trolling, hand over the helm position, swap over and tighten killcord, etc. It's not 24 hours Le Mans!
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Can't think of a situation where it's imperative to let go of the steering wheel, certainly at speed. Okay there might be one or two such as a lumpy following sea in worsening conditions where you don't want to be swamped or take a wave beam on. Otherwise reduce the throttle to trolling, hand over the helm position, swap over and tighten killcord, etc. It's not 24 hours Le Mans!
Honestly, the thread was less about what is imperative and more about what would be the result of doing so.
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Probably much the same as doing it in a car. 999,999 times out of a million absolutely nothing untoward will happen. But as with much else involving showing off or taking pointless risks it will likely wind up biting you in the arse.
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It is still a little hard to pull out the fact from the opinion, much as it was via Google searches.

I sail my sailboat via a tillerpilot 99% of the time, under sail or motoring ahead. I am almost always single handed and it makes life much easier.

I had looked into an auto pilot for the powerboat, there is a nice Lowrance one that ties into my chartplotter...but honestly at ~£1,500 it seemed a bit (lot) excessive for my needs.

I just wanted to be able to let go of the wheel for a less than a minute at any one time and know the outboard will for the most part hold it's position and not slam over from one side to the other.
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the outboard will for the most part hold it's position and not slam over from one side to the other.

If it's properly functioning hydraulic steering, it will hold it's position...

(and you might be surprised how far it will keep going in a dead straight line if it's calm.)
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