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Old 08 November 2008, 09:24   #51
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When on motor yachts with enclosed wheel houses it doesn't seem like you need to wear one as there's a wall and doors between you and the open. The trouble is then that you can forget to put a jacket on when you nip outside to get something.
I had a bad experience coming up from victoria dock, caernarfon to Fleetwood.
It was a nice calm day going through the menia straights, as we went past the pier and dickies yard I left everyone on the fly bridge to go and make a bacon butty and a brew. We came around the north side of Puffin island and I was climbing the open backed ladder to the fly bridge when we suddenly hit very deep swells as the sea hit the mouth of the river. I was flung off the side of the boat but managed to hold on with my left hand. Looked abit like I'd just star jumped off the boat As the boat then came violently back up I was catapulted back onto the boat, ending in a heap just under the davits. First thing I thought was I didn't have a life jacket on and screamed blue murder to everyone up top to make sure they still had there's on.
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Old 09 November 2008, 12:32   #52
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I remember reading an article by the late Shaun White - one of the true fathers of ribbing. I remember people having a go at him when he said that there ARE some situations when a kill cord is not a good idea.

For example in very rough seas - at slow speeds - when there is a very real danger that sudden engine failiure could result in being swept onto rocks or a sudden broaching. of course you also need a few good crewmembers who could take over at short notice. It seems to me the RNLI share that idea.
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Old 09 November 2008, 13:50   #53
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So do you mean if the helm goes OB? Or in rough seas the helm gets chucked about and the kill cord comes out? If it's the last one it's something I hadn't thought about. In that case it would have to be case of making a decision on the spot as to whether to unhook it or not. Very good point
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But surely if you go overboard in rough seas putting the killcord in a freezer bag will keep it safe?
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Old 09 November 2008, 15:28   #55
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But surely if you go overboard in rough seas putting the killcord in a freezer bag will keep it safe?
BruceB, there's a Special Place in Hell for you, just next to the Bankers. I'm still not over that

PS I assume you're only Codding?
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WillK - relax !
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But surely if you go overboard in rough seas putting the killcord in a freezer bag will keep it safe?
along with the spare one .
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The killcords need to be in seperate freezer bags for redundancy and not in the same bag. Plus a third one for the mobile.........................
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following on from the cord in a freezer bag - I assume the electronic kill system I read about is properly waterproof ? Anyone have any experience of using it. ( I cant remember the name of the system)
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It was a nice calm day going through the menia straights, as we went past the pier and dickies yard I left everyone on the fly bridge to go and make a bacon butty and a brew. We came around the north side of Puffin island and I was climbing the open backed ladder to the fly bridge when we suddenly hit very deep swells as the sea hit the mouth of the river. I was flung off the side of the boat but managed to hold on with my left hand. Looked abit like I'd just star jumped off the boat As the boat then came violently back up I was catapulted back onto the boat, ending in a heap just under the davits. First thing I thought was I didn't have a life jacket on and screamed blue murder to everyone up top to make sure they still had there's on.
Did you spill your tea?
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