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Old 24 June 2014, 08:50   #381
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engine off with key .
I'd recommend that you change to switching the engine off with the kill cord as this tests the system. I can see no reason that this should not be standard procedure. As I explained, the kill cord is not a fault tolerant system and so testing it every time the boat is used is appropriate.

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Only issue i have seen with that is that if the key can be removed while the ignition is still on you can return to a flat battery, so that way they are sure the ignition is off.

Goes without saying kill cord tests are part of pre-start checks.

I guess you could spend hours with the pros and cons of each procedure but as long as the knowledge is being shared and enforced the end result is what we all want.
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Old 24 June 2014, 11:26   #383
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Agree 100% hence my killcords are semi permanently attached to my LJ, i cant leave the helm with the engine running. there is a spare on the Mrs LJ and a spare attached to the back of the helm seat.
I like that idea. Mine has to attach to leg as killswitch is below dash about knee level.
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I like that idea. Mine has to attach to leg as killswitch is below dash about knee level.

My kill switch is below knee level too. Seems to work for me.
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Very sad incident, they were experienced just a momentary issue of forgetting to re attach the cord combined with full throttle and a hard turn combined with a boat that potentially had issues when operated like that in terms of healing over and then slipping and then catching.

But what ever we say about this incident as a good example of why to wear a kill cord the message does not get out and sink in to the majority of sunny weather power boaters. Stong words maybe but truthfull just spend a couple of hours in Poole Harbour on a sunny weekend day or anywhere busy. Kids with legs dangling over bow, no life jackets and no kill cord. It is a shame.

Yesterday I was at mudeford in the early evening enjoying the weather and grabbing a bite to eat at a cafe there. Spotted a group of youngsters in a small hard powerboat doing about 10 knots, none had life jackets on and no kill cord, one chap was sitting on the deck of the hard bow on top, if he had fallen in I guess he would go straight under the prop.

Some people will never learn or simply dont want to.
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I'd recommend that you change to switching the engine off with the kill cord as this tests the system. I can see no reason that this should not be standard procedure.
Its a habit which can have adverse results on modern diesel engines - it may be that to avoid doing it on a diesel the simplest option is not to go pulling the KC without too much thought even on a petrol.
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Mrs Milligan has been all over Radio Cornwall today. She has donated GBP250k to Cornwall air ambulance, their biggest ever single donation. Our new air ambulance helicopter will be named after Nick and Emily. The celebrity cycle ride from Cornwall to London taking place today hopes to raise another 500k which will be distributed in Cornwall, largely to the RNLI.

These people made a mistake, for which they have paid a dreadful price. Most of us are highly experienced boat users and would probably not have made the same mistake. That does not mean that any of us are immune to making mistakes in other areas of life. So let's not judge this particular incident and feel for this lady who has lost so much and now has the courage to do so much good.
Just read this. Yes like others have said , well put Mollers.
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On my pb2 courses I constantly keep reinforcing 3 points:

1 wearing personal flotation
2 if the engine is running the killcord is round your leg
3 one hand for the wheel, one hand for the throttle

On day one they sometimes need constant reminding. By day two the students have formed a habit.
It does become second nature if taught from the beginning.
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Well, I often test the killcord's effectiveness, but not intentionally. Quite often, I'll pull up to the dock, and yank the killcord while moving to handle dock lines. Valid hardware test, I suppose, but I always feel a little stupid afterward.

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I always test the killcord works as soon as the engine has warmed up. And I have on occasions had them not work and had to swap the boat over for a different one.
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