Very sorry for those involved but some of the comments on here make me laugh;
Regarding the Killcord being on the boat as it was recovered, wasn't the bloke driving it onto the trailer and may have used a KC off another boat/spare?
No, i'm very much the same.... Do i use a KC all the time... No i admit i don't.. Its all about risk assessment , I've learned through a combination of education and experience to recognise when the KC is needed. If im just pootling around at low speed in uncongested sheltered waters then the risk of something going wrong is small enough for me to justify not wearing it.
If however i have passengers and whizzing aling at higher speeds or i'm on my own in adverse weather conditions then yes i clip on.
Why not wear it all the time? Well because i got fed up of accidentally triggering a shutdown on the occasions i have had to help somebody onboard in a hurry ( if they've fallen or about to fall in the water or need assistance in some form or another). Its just one less thing to worry about before going to help.
Im not saying that the way i do it is correct but i feel happy to do it this way.
The difficult bit is recognising the increase in risk.
i have removed the posters name but honestly for the 2 seconds it takes to put the KC on... if you trip while moving around the boat with it in gear and get ejected on a perfectly calm day how does that figure in your risk assessment?
There are many more comments the same
Another one that makes me laugh, "boats over 10HP" how are boats under 10HP less dangerous? we have a Avon Rover 3.10 with a 9.9HP 2stroke, when it was new it would do about 17MPH which of flat water was fun, when it got choppy (Bala/Windermere in a F4) it was a real handful and could though never did eject someone unwary very easily.
I also understand (though may be wrong) that the 9.9 was specifically introduced to bypass a piece of American legislation regarding "engines of 10HP or greater) and lets face it what really is the difference between 9.9 & 10 HP?
One of the things i always teach when running PB corses is where to attach the KC, round the knee, onto the lifejacket (not the zip or under a velcro strap), and pulled up snug. Round the wrist will slip off easily and can get tangled in the throttle or steering reducing the ability to control the boat.
People/companies will go to some lengths to avoid tiresome rules, educate people on why the KC is so important (this news story while tragic may help.