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Old 17 May 2013, 07:34   #1
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Please check all your kill cords

Sorry for starting a new thread, as I'm sure this is covered on another thread.

Putting on the kill cord in my Rib is like putting on the seatbelt in the car, it's automatic.

Last night I was helping at my yacht club acting as safety cover for the Thursday night sailing races using one of the club Ribs, done the normal quick safety checks before heading off to take up station, sometime later I looked down to find the kill cord just hanging from the control unit, with the other part still attached to me, yes it was one of those solid plastic cords that had just snapped, so PLEASE check all your kill cords including any spares that you may have to make sure they have the wire or string centre core.

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Old 20 May 2013, 06:27   #2
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Just bringing it to the top again as it's had no comments (which is good), but great to see 201 views, so hopefully those people have check all their kill cords.

The club have found another 2 of the solid plastic kill cords. I think this could be aimed more at clubs were boats have multi users, so have a number of spare keys and kill cords.
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Old 20 May 2013, 07:09   #3
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Yes mine has a wire running through it, I know because I replaced one when I bought the boat a few years ago as it had just a plastic type, when I looked for a new one I had to go to about 4 chandlers until I found one with a wire through it, so while not wanting to start a new thread ......... as we all know the ones that are just plastic can become worn and will break, perhaps when people are in chandlers browsing around maybe if they find the crap ones being sold to kindly mention something to the manager of the store, im sure if approached in the right way the manager would probably pull the crap ones off the shelves and bin them and stock decent ones.... here is hoping anyway.

Now ive got myself thinking, I wonder how many outboard manufactures provide the decent ones when they sell a new outboard and how many provide the crap ones ?
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Old 20 May 2013, 07:11   #4
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Were they Yamaha cords by any chance? I've seen a few of them like that.
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Checked mine, chucked 'em, bought new genuine Suzuki, yes they have a core
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Old 20 May 2013, 08:21   #6
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For thee price of a kill cord its not worth a life
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Old 20 May 2013, 09:05   #7
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I'm very new to ribs and outboards although I'm a boat builder...iv been looking for an outboard engine for our sib...iv bought a modern engine with kill cord stop and will be goin on a basic course before I go anywere near moving water...so starting a new thread to point out very basic safety points is a great help to newbies like myself...thank you....
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just bought two new genuine Honda kill cords to keep as spares on the rib
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Worth reminding everyone at this point that you do need a spare on board the boat, and the passengers need to know where to find it.

Otherwise how are they going to be able to start the engine to come back and get you when you've gone over the side.

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