Originally Posted by Polwart
I can see why you think it is a good idea - but I would ask:
- Have you ever lost someone overboard?
- Where they sitting on a jockey?
- Did you notice straight away?
- How likely is it to loose someone sitting on a jockey - unless you are doing a high risk (e.g. very fast turn) manouvre? - where a quick check afterwards will confirm all are present.
It sounds like there would be scope for someone to be wearing a kill cord but it not be "live" within your description ("switched out of circuit") that sounds vulnerable to being forgotten about to me.
Given that kill cord switches have a reputation of being unreliable does multiplying the switches not increase the risk of a problem preventing starting?
Thankfully I have never lost anyone overboard, and hope I never do.
The plan was to have the switch on the console with a warning light to show if 'out of circuit'.
Because of the reputation of them being unreliable was another reason for being able to take them 'out of circuit'.
May have a rethink and do a hybrid system with the 2 X double jockeys at the stern and the single behind the helmsmans wired with kill switches to a strobe/sounder on the console. Additionally on the single jockey behind the helmsmans seat fit a engine kill switch for when one of the youngsters is at the helm, in case I go overboard, which is my worst nightmare.