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Old 06 November 2008, 08:45   #11
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Whilst I am not in a position to legislate on the use of 'Kill Cords' or the wearing of life jackets in 'small' powerboats, as an RYA Instructor I am firmly of the view that both are essential aids in the Safety Management Process.

I am not aware of any situations where lives have been saved or injuries avoided when kill cords and/or lifejackets were not utilised. However, many people have fortunately survived incidents where they have been in use.
I also believe that the majority of us on this forum are extremely responsible and, consequently, utilise kill cords and life jackets.

Regarding the public display of these items I was somewhat concerned to see that many of the support boats at this year's Olympic Games appeared not to be using these safety aids.
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According to MBY's editor, that's a stock photo from the manufacturers website
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Perhaps you have a point, but it's not only magazines, brochures as well. Take for example this pic from a well known cruise line, don't they realise the danger they're putting these folks in without issuing correct safety gear.

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Old 06 November 2008, 08:50   #14
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I have to add myself to the "don't set a bad example" camp. Simon summed it up perfectly.

Even the engine makers have wised up. as a random example - here's a page from a 1977 Johnson catalogue - http://www.old-omc.de/j_1977/seite_18.jpg. No kill cords or lifejackets in sight! I guarantee in any engine sales brochure now everyone has a PFD and the driver is "attatched".

Of interest I have one of these Johnson 25s built in '72 - It isn't even fitted with a kill switch - it has (had) a big red "stop" button. I have removed said big red button & replaced it with a deadman switch / cord.
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Ok, I'm sold a kill cord is a good idea. Can someone "in the know" explain how to fit a kill cord for all those of us that have a RIB with no cord. Does it need a new switch? Wiring etc.
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Ok, I'm sold a kill cord is a good idea. Can someone "in the know" explain how to fit a kill cord for all those of us that have a RIB with no cord. Does it need a new switch? Wiring etc.
You'll probably need to fit one to the console if your remotes don't have one. It's easy on a 2-stroke. There's a circuit that is made when the ignition is turned off which kills the engine-get the multitester out and look for it on the ignition wiring.

Wire the kill cord so it makes that circuit when you pull the cord off.
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but dont forget that if you do have a kill ,,,sorry engine stop cord fitted you need to carry a spare one ,,after all we dont want to drift too far away from the boat if the only kill cord is on the person in the water and the boat cannot get back to recover you. on outboards without them you could always rig the throttle so if you let it go it goes to tick over with a spring or bungie cord.
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The second 'kill'cord is always vital on my boats - the opti has a system where the cord will stop the engine , but you can switch it back on without a cord. My yam turns of , but has somehting I have never understood in that you can re-start it in a certain amount of time without the cord. I guess its to be sure that if you need to get going again in bad weather you dont need to get the helm back in the boat first - you can actually go & get them.

I have a second on both in an easily accesible place , but really only to be used by someone who can actually drive the boat safely- I dont want someone trying to help who runs me over by accident !
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Perhaps you have a point, but it's not only magazines, brochures as well. Take for example this pic from a well known cruise line, don't they realise the danger they're putting these folks in without issuing correct safety gear.
I'm note sure that I'd put the Saga Rose in the same category as a Windy 760. You would need to be pushed off a cruise ship (a tempting thought in its own right!) but the helm seat on the Windy looks as precarious as most RIBs.

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Nay nay Mr Wilks, we are not talking about legislation here are we? Just that magazine should be setting the right example.

"Right example" is a pretty subjective statement.

You could argue that seatbelts should always be shown being worn (as per law now, in most places), but just as readily argue that helmets should be worn as well, as they will lessen head trauma in the event of an accident. That would be the "right example" to set. I doubt we'll see too many Lexus ads showing a woman in an evening gown climbing out of her car at a 5-star restaurant and pulling off her Shoei.

That said, use of a kill-cord is fairly easy insurance. As is a lifejacket. I wear both, unless I'm in dive gear, when I do not wear a lifejacket.

I do have a problem with a US commercial (Go Boating) which shows a number of boats with dogs. The ad focuses on the great time dogs have on the water. None of the dogs are wearing PFDs. Since a dog is a) incapable of making the decision, b) not in control of the activity, and c) probably not getting paid to appear in the ad, they could have had the PFD's on them.

I guess the problem I have is that you are trying to control what the magazine publishes. Perhaps a letter to the editor would be in order, rather than lambasting them in a forum.

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