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Old 09 July 2009, 11:36   #11
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I don't think there will be any strength to the last few revs of the prop once the engine has been stopped. I would have thought it would be just the same as being hit by the hull or gear box. Which is gonna hurt!

When the engine stops, so does the prop. The gears take care of that (unless you throw the thing in neutral as you go over the side.)

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Old 09 July 2009, 11:43   #12
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is there anyone on this forum who doesnt wear a killcord deliberatley.?
i'd love to know...
its not as if they are difficult or cumbersome to put on. and as long as you have a spare ready to hand i just dont see the problem!
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Old 09 July 2009, 12:08   #13
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There ARE times when wearing a kill cord is not a good idea. In extreme conditions when a stopped engine is more dangerous than a man in the water.

Solo of course you must wear one at all times but if you have crew on board who can take the helm then it's not always the case.

Do the RNLI and other rescue services use them?

I remember the late great Shaun White saying that sometimes they caused more problems than they solved.
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I've heard those arguments from time to time as well. There may be special cases when this is true, but it is of little or no relevance to leisure users.

I would hate to think of someone removing their kill cord in bad conditions because you had somehow given them the idea that it was the sensible thing to do. Even in bad conditions a stopped engine is going to be better than a wildly out of control boat, with potentially multiple people in the water - someone may be able to grab the throttle and shut it down, but it's just as likely that they would get thrown out too.

Use your kill cord. Always.
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most RNLI ilb helms dont wear them as they could cause engine to stop when you dont need it to at the worst possible moment ,the atlantic class rhibs have capsize switches anyhow should the boat heel over . but for general public leisure use i dont see many reasons not to wear one ,before kill cords became standard most outboards tiller steered would go to idle or even cut out if you let go of it ,i always wear a kill cord at all times, be a fool not to, its there so use it .though i do think that the clips are small and too fiddley at times . mart.
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There's a lot to be said for foot thottles!!!
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There's a lot to be said for foot thottles!!!
even some cars are fitted with them ,,,,,,,lol ,, but jokes aside you can have both hands on the wheel or even hang on with one hand and steer with the other ,,one hand for yourself and one hand for the ship.
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There's a lot to be said for foot thottles!!!
Please say it then...because I can't see it at the moment and your exclamation count suggests knowledge. All I can visualise is the boat going up and down, the helm going up and down and potentially out of phase with the boat, and the throttle control all over the place
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Please say it then...because I can't see it at the moment and your exclamation count suggests knowledge. All I can visualise is the boat going up and down, the helm going up and down and potentially out of phase with the boat, and the throttle control all over the place
good point ,,anyone had any experience with them on a boat ,,,,i did on a boating lake once at 1 mph .
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Please say it then...because I can't see it at the moment and your exclamation count suggests knowledge. All I can visualise is the boat going up and down, the helm going up and down and potentially out of phase with the boat, and the throttle control all over the place

Well obviously it won't work on a boat with jockey seats but on a racing boat like Cookees they work very well!!!

I used to drive an old Fletcher Bravo with one - it was brilliant.
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