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Old 11 September 2011, 06:17   #11
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Originally Posted by wavelength View Post
. I've picked one up in a 14ft fishing boat with a 40mariner on the back. Came to a complete and sudden stop, luckily we got away with it and nobody was hurt.
One of my mates ran over a poorly marked illegal salmon mono net in a narrow fairway as he was out doing his own pots ,
boat was an old woodern coble one that weighed about 2 tons ,the rope wrapped around the prop doing about 10 knots pulled out the prop and shaft leaving him with a 4inch hole where the bearings and shaft should have been ,luck for him the the lifeboat got to him and saved the boat but it was full to the gunnells before they got him.

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Old 11 September 2011, 07:04   #12
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Panda, where abouts in the hebrides did this accident happen? I live in the Hebrides and didnt hear anything about it? and news usually travels VERY fast in these small communities

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Old 31 January 2013, 18:44   #13
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Hi Robbie, not looked on here for ages, it was in the sound of scarp, the guy who owns the island was the victim. Although you probably know that by now lol.
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Old 01 February 2013, 03:12   #14
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Check what the killcord is made from, some are cheap plastic rubbish that can break as they get brittle, the best ones are the ones with a metal fibre running through them which dont break even if the plastic outer part becomes brittle.
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Old 01 February 2013, 05:12   #15
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I have hadthe experance in meeting a lobser pot marker at peed. It can stop a small rib very very quickly

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Old 01 February 2013, 05:30   #16
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I have been giving this issue some thought as I prepare my first RIB for the season.

Has anyone tried having a foot kill switch? My ride on lawn mower has one.

I know there are disadvantages but the major advantage is you cannot forget it!
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Old 01 February 2013, 06:39   #17
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Foot kill wont work. When you get airborne the boat will die. Could get yourself in all kinds of trouble. You can get a wireless kill cord. When you get a set distance from the boat it breaks the link. My advice would be learn to drive better. Read the sea. Use the throttle properly. Keep a good eye on where you're going
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Old 01 February 2013, 11:02   #18
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I intend to do all that. However I was always told to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Hence I carry Life Jackets, Flares, throw line, VHF, etc. These are all carried "just in case". The kill switch falls into exacatly the same category.

Basically - "Sh1t happens!"

But do take the point about foot coming off switch. A delay would help - kidding!. Those wireless ones are so bl00dy expensive!

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Old 01 February 2013, 11:29   #19
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Kill switches are designed to short the ignition. The electrical failure is going to be a corroded joint, the mechanical is going to be a broken spring.

I test the thing before I get too far from launch (but not so close I end up back ashore!)

And yes, mine is round my knee too.
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Old 01 February 2013, 11:55   #20
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Creel lines (pots to you southern folk!) are a common hazard here in Orkney too, even on the routes routinely used by the ferries and on leading light tracks... Makes night trips interesting to say the least.

I put few creels down and keen to avoid where they'll be snagged, but I guess commercial pressures change one's perspective.

One of the suggestions in the recent Scottish Government consultation on crab and lobster fishing was regulation on creel/pot placement to:

"Reduce the danger from creels to other users of the sea"

It's here if interested:

Consultation on New Controls in the Nephrops and Crab and Lobster Fisheries



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