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Old 01 September 2009, 17:03   #21
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Am I the only person in the world who hangs the spare cord on the ignition key?
I agree, in ruff weather the spar kill cord should be handy and I dont think some one can start my boat with a kill cord, when I leave the boat I take the keys and kill cords. Kill cords because I dont want some one to nick them and spoil my day.
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Old 01 September 2009, 18:03   #22
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I agree, in ruff weather the spar kill cord should be handy and I dont think some one can start my boat with a kill cord, when I leave the boat I take the keys and kill cords. Kill cords because I dont want some one to nick them and spoil my day.
I have no "specialist" knowledge or training. If I can start your boat in less than 5 minutes without the keys, without causing any significant damage and without any sophisticated tools, or lots of noise - can I keep it? I find it surprising just how insecure boats are.

No kill cord won't stop someone who knows what they are doing as SPR says - but it will be one extra thing for someone to overcome; or in the case of a drunken NED (with no knowledge of boats) may be enough to foil them.

Alystra - the reason I don't attach killcord to keys - is I frequently try to start the engine without it connected. If it is dangling from the keys it will look at first glance like it is in place. I also want anyone on board to point out my possible error if I forget to attach it to myself - I think they are less likely to do that if they get used to seeing a killcord just dangling from the key/remotes. But I don't think there is a fundamental problem.
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Old 01 September 2009, 19:22   #23
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Sorry I may be missing the point, but for me of course some one can steel my boat, take it of the mooring and away it goes, but when I am in it in ruff water and I fall out I want some one to be able to drive the boat to me and pull me on board with out having to drive with one hand pulling the kill button out by hand and do every thing else they need to do...this is the spare kill cord we are talking about. The location of the kill cord has little to do with your boat being stollen when you are on board.
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Sorry I may be missing the point, but for me of course some one can steel my boat, take it of the mooring and away it goes, but when I am in it in ruff water and I fall out I want some one to be able to drive the boat to me and pull me on board with out having to drive with one hand pulling the kill button out by hand and do every thing else they need to do...this is the spare kill cord we are talking about. The location of the kill cord has little to do with your boat being stollen when you are on board.
Bulligmore - if you always take the keys/killcord with you then fair enough. I see a lot of boats left (particularly for lunch stops) with the kill cord still fitted (or a spare on display) and its not uncommon to see the keys there too.

I'm not suggesting that you would manually override a kill cord and drive one handed - I do have a spare cord on board - that my "crew" no where to get to quickly. Its just not on display to those who don't have any need for it (which also makes it less likely that someone swipes it in the boatyard/marina/jetty because they fogot theirs). But actually that 15 seconds might be useful time to compose themselves anyway.
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I will not mention manufactures for security reasons but a lot of keys for starting the engines are the same...........................I know I had four outboards and all the keys worked on each throttle box, and the engines were new in 2006
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I will not mention manufactures for security reasons but a lot of keys for starting the engines are the same.
Don't mention this to a friend of mine, who initiated a 10 mile tow with the Coast Guard, only to figure out (halfway back, of course) they were using their Jetski lanyard, which didn't work on their Honda controls. After the CG had left, they changed to the correct lanyard, and went out for dive 2.

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