Originally Posted by matt h
Tragic and it is. but its a case of more money than sense!
Do you know something thats not reported in the press or did you know him personally? Otherwise it seems a rather huge leap to make and I hope you never find yourself in the situation where others are judging you posthumously or not following a cock up at sea.
Originally Posted by Doug Stormforce
A minority of engines do this, personally I think it's a very unsafe practice and wish the manufacturers would stop trying to differentiate their product in such an unsafe way. Yes a kill cord should stop an engine when it is disconnected but IMHO an engine should not start when the kill cord is not connected, this is a second benefit of nearly every brand of outboard engine.
Merc/mariner get round the problem of the helm falling overboard and taking the kill cord with him by fitting a switch that can be manually operated. Honda used to fit a spare kill cord end onto the control box moulding, most kill cords coul be temporarily replaced with a bit of string or similar in an emergency.
I agree with you Doug - its generally a backward step. Often you have a less experienced helm trying to recover someone in what might be tricky weather/waves - precisely when you don't want the stand in helm to go over with no kill cord... Always thought the mercury one was a bit dodgy though as
you could basically just ignore the kill switch if you flipped it up.
Anyone you trust to pick you up can be shown where the spare cord is. Anyone you don't want aiming a boat and prop at your head can be told how to make a mayday!