Guys, whilst there seems to be an very compelling argument for the simpler the better model and the Autotether is being perceived as just another gizmo for the less adventurous out there keep in mind this:
The Autotether has many advantages and many perceived or unecessary disadvantages.
The Unit will not activate without at least one wearer FOB turned on an connected to the master at the helm. The master is simply cliped onto the kill switch on the console in the same way as a standard cord.
It depends on how you look at it, and my bet is that there are many powerboat users out there with enough savy but perhaps not huge experience who would welcome the safety of an Autotether when venturing out with the family.
Kind a handy for sailing as a simple man overboard alarm or for a dinghy in which could have broken it's tow during a night passage. Placing a white FOB in the dinghy will activate the alarm if the dinght is taking on water or moves outside the set range of the unit (100 feet or more).
Also, no wiring at all is required to install these and the cost is less than half that of other MOB systems from the big names which have to hard wired and require professional installation.
John, an interesting online poll asking and (answering honestly) if you always wear your killcord? yes or no?