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Old 08 May 2006, 19:05   #21
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I've generally been tolerant of your posts, even when they have derided others and the grammar's been bad, but you've really overstepped the mark here with your utterly regionalist, unthinking and hurtful gibe about people from Birmingham.

I've lived and worked in Brum and the people are absolutely brilliant - lots of them drive lorries for God's sake! Admittedly they used to make Rovers at Longbridge, but that's stopped now so surely you can't hold that against them.

Yes - they do like small boats with BIG engines and live a long way from the water and speak funny and get called the Birmingham Navy when they come down here and try to motor off while still attached to the pontoon. However please realise that they bring and spend huge amounts of money on local goods like beer and pizza and are, at least, amusing to watch.

I think you'll find the people Wavey's talking about were from Liverpool.
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Old 09 May 2006, 03:02   #22
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Day 2 looked round to see maniac in old overloaded speedboat give it loadsa wellie with excessive up trim from standstill. Shot straight upwards and then sank back down vertically as water flooded in over the back. 4 people in the water, no lifejackets, 2 non swimmers, T shirts and jeans on and so cold so quickly . Loadsa screaming etc, etc. If we hadnt just happened to be passing thru the area at that time they were gonners.
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A thought occurred to me (it does sometimes happen)...

Did you claim salvage? That would've taught 'em a lesson or two!

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Old 09 May 2006, 16:32   #23
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I am shocked and annoyed by the fairly regular, it seems, death's of motor boat sailors due to a lack of killcords. I do not feel enough is ever really done to remind motor sailors about this, nd I feel more emphasis should be made by RIB manafacturers and hardboat sales agents as to the importants and statistics of this.....

Just a thought, the story of Anthony Irving's death on Friday was quite shocking, dying so close to home......
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Old 09 May 2006, 16:44   #24
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naw-it was only worth tuppence ha'penny-and that includes the fuel
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Old 09 May 2006, 18:41   #25
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I am shocked and annoyed by the fairly regular, it seems, death's of motor boat sailors due to a lack of killcords. I do not feel enough is ever really done to remind motor sailors about this, nd I feel more emphasis should be made by RIB manafacturers and hardboat sales agents as to the importants and statistics of this.....
I just can't believe anybody would knowingly do it and I'm equally amazed that in the very short time I have been involved with boats I have heard of several people who have apparently been killed as a result of not wearing one.

There have been two occasions since I had my boat when I have taken my killcord off to do something and then taken off at full blast and after a couple of minutes realised I wasn't reattached to it, on both occasions I banged the throttle closed and stopped to reattach it immediately, having experienced the sort of "oh Sh&&" flush you get when you pass an unseen police car going rather too fast.

It's just complete common sense, even more so than wearing a lifejacket IMHO (I can swim without a lifejacket, but I can't swim if a) my boat has just cruised off over the horizon or b) it has just cruised round and over the top of me and split my head open in the process).

Nobody told me to wear it and I didn't have any training for it to be drummed in. I just never even considered NOT wearing it any more than I would drive on a motorway without a seat belt.
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I just can't believe anybody would knowingly do it and I'm equally amazed that in the very short time I have been involved with boats I have heard of several people who have apparently been killed as a result of not wearing one.

There have been two occasions since I had my boat when I have taken my killcord off to do something and then taken off at full blast and after a couple of minutes realised I wasn't reattached to it, on both occasions I banged the throttle closed and stopped to reattach it immediately, having experienced the sort of "oh Sh&&" flush you get when you pass an unseen police car going rather too fast.

It's just complete common sense, even more so than wearing a lifejacket IMHO (I can swim without a lifejacket, but I can't swim if a) my boat has just cruised off over the horizon or b) it has just cruised round and over the top of me and split my head open in the process).

Nobody told me to wear it and I didn't have any training for it to be drummed in. I just never even considered NOT wearing it any more than I would drive on a motorway without a seat belt.
Good for you.

Do you test it functions correctly as part of your pre-departure checks? I never used to, but one day saw someone else do it and thought that's sensible. About 6mths later, went afloat, tested it and the engine kept running. Switch had failed. Now I always test it before setting off! It is definitely a safety crictical bit of kit, if it doesn't work, don't go out.

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Old 10 May 2006, 16:20   #27
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Good for you.

Do you test it functions correctly as part of your pre-departure checks? I never used to, but one day saw someone else do it and thought that's sensible. About 6mths later, went afloat, tested it and the engine kept running. Switch had failed. Now I always test it before setting off! It is definitely a safety crictical bit of kit, if it doesn't work, don't go out.

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Yes and no. I have checked it a couple of times (and involuntarily the other day when I hopped off the seat to tie up, forgetting it was still tied to my leg!) but I must admit I don't check it EVERY time. I guess I figure it is a bit like the RCCB in my house, I'll check it every so often to make sure it works but not every time I plug the kettle in.

Mine has a handy function (maybe they all do) that while it will kill the engine, you can restart it without the kill cord plugged in - in case the cox fell over the side and needed rescue I assume! But one thing that I could do with is a spare cord/fitting, one of the original ones got broken so I only have the one. I suppose there are a million different types and the chances of finding the right one are bugger all?
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Old 10 May 2006, 16:28   #28
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the guy who has never forgotten the killcord, even if only for a brief moment, doesnt exist-or doesnt do much boating! Like accidents on roads they shouldn't happen but we all make mistakes at some time in our life. We carry spare kill cords and it is a point to make on a level2 course-if I go over the side how are you gonna come for me if I have the cord and the boat is drifting away from me in the wind.
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Old 10 May 2006, 16:37   #29
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the guy who has never forgotten the killcord, even if only for a brief moment, doesnt exist-or doesnt do much boating! Like accidents on roads they shouldn't happen but we all make mistakes at some time in our life. We carry spare kill cords and it is a point to make on a level2 course-if I go over the side how are you gonna come for me if I have the cord and the boat is drifting away from me in the wind.
Very true, as I said I have done it a couple of times, momentary lapse, I guess if my steering fell off at that precise moment I might be a statistic too.

The idea I came up with recently, to make sure I don't forget, is to clip the kill cord to the wheel when I take it off, then you can't really miss it because as soon as you go to do anything it is in the way which reminds you to put it back on. Or if you don't notice, the first armful of lock on the wheel rips the cord out and stops the engine which sort of grabs the attention
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Very true, as I said I have done it a couple of times, momentary lapse, I guess if my steering fell off at that precise moment I might be a statistic too.

The idea I came up with recently, to make sure I don't forget, is to clip the kill cord to the wheel when I take it off, then you can't really miss it because as soon as you go to do anything it is in the way which reminds you to put it back on. Or if you don't notice, the first armful of lock on the wheel rips the cord out and stops the engine which sort of grabs the attention
good idea as i forgot mine for a bit of time on sunday, will do that in future,

is always good to test your kill cord on every trip as unfortunately they fail unsafe, ie on a merc if they are not connected or the connection comes loose the kill cord does not work and the engine still runs, not the ideal way but the way it is so always test it before each outing!!
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