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Old 04 June 2013, 14:48   #51
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Personally I liked the RFID proximity sensor idea. Something which could be clipped in a pocket and the engine shuts off if its beyond range.

My price point would be about $300 US. If someone would only make it.
Have you seen Autotether? They are widely available. Price point about $200.

How it Works - autotether.com

It physically yanks out the kill cord.

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Old 04 June 2013, 14:50   #52
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I suggest safety conscious people or organizations not able to positively control the boat operator's actions might opt for an alternative, such as:

1. Parents concerned their teenage kids might not always hookup the kill cord when they take the boat out.

2. Boat Rental / Livery operations concerned their renters will end up getting themselves chopped up because they failed to hookup the kill cord.
well if they don't want to actually solve the problem, but introduce false confidence then perhaps. Personally I would rather that both focussed on making sure their users were competent and responsible rather than hoping that technology will solve the issue. If you don't trust the user - don't give them the keys.
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3. Boaters living in an area of a recent high profile kill cord accident that are concerned about controlling their own actions (just as many people in this forum mentioned, they know they don't always hookup themselves.)
in reality a tiny number would actually spend real money (ie. hundreds of pounds) to fix the problem. There is a good suggestion in one of the other threads about switching from keeping the console end attached 99% of the time and unclipping form people to keeping the people end attached and disconnecting the console end every time your step away. This costs nothing (or perhaps 10 so all the crew have their own kill cord). I'll guess 9/10 people here still go for the leave it dangling approach.

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While this would not avoid startup strikes, ... ... For anchoring I don't want to shut down until I'm hooked, but I end up walking around with the engine one - even if just idling/ in neutral it still creeps me out.

My price point would be about $300 US. If someone would only make it.
wireless kill cords are available, although not at that price. As you say though it only stops one type of accident (MoB prop strike) not divers, swimmers etc. I'd be looking to see if you can change your method of operation to avoid leaving the controls in the situations you describe - I know it seems impossible - but I've seen some very capable skippers on this forum manage some very large ribs - all from the helm seat with good planning and preparation.
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Have you seen Autotether? They are widely available. Price point about $200.

How it Works - autotether.com

It physically yanks out the kill cord.

gary
Looks good except for 2 parts:
"Do not shield or cover the Fob with wet clothing, your arm, leg or another person or pets body, which may cause the Fob to act as if underwater, resulting in sudden accidental stopping of the vessel."

and its only waterproof to 3ft...

I need the sensor to go in a drysuit pocket, which will be wet, if not before the first dive then for sure afterwards. Its also highly likely that I will forget its in my pocket at some point and it'll actually go for a dive.

Would be much more useful for me if the transmitter was on the boat side, and the sensor used passive RIFD technology which can easily be made waterproof to hundreds of meters and works (at close ranges) through water, wet fabrics, or tissues.
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Looks good except for ...
... Takes me back a few posts ...

"... and when a proven, reliable, stable, durable and practical improvement comes along I will embrace it totally, as I'm sure will the vast majority of folks on this forum"
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... Takes me back a few posts ...

"... and when a proven, reliable, stable, durable and practical improvement comes along I will embrace it totally, as I'm sure will the vast majority of folks on this forum"
Seconded.

So far all I've heard is babble.
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As I said, the numerous naysayers on here, including particularly the two whose post precede this, are a disgrace. My opinion, validly expressed. Is it going to be censored?
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As I said, the numerous naysayers on here........, are a disgrace. My opinion, validly expressed. Is it going to be censored?
I have made my thoughts on this type of comment quite clear. Poly has given similar warning.

You are circling the plughole. Don't think of it as censorship, think of it as the Naughty Corner...

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Have to agree with you Willk , I can enjoy the debate but abrasiveness & occasional rudeness do nothing to further anyones cause !!
I enjoy the sarcasm that sometimes occurs and it's a great site for anyone interested in all things boaty but I'm pleased when the powers that be step in to douse things down.
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