Originally Posted by Lark
I seem to remember that in the book Heavy weather power boating, one of the authors argues for not using kill cords in rough conditions, so that if the helm goes overboard, the person who takes control doesn't have to loose time restarting the engine (amongst other reasons). Does anyone agree with that advice? (I realise it's off topic from the Padstow tragedy)
Depending on situation and set up I can see pros and cons, the 'most likely' situation will be the boat has in gear start protection and the departing helm is unlikely to have helpfully dropped backed to neutral on their way out !
So your looking at get to helm, get to neutral, kill cord on -turn key and off you go as a minimum. The merc boxes don't need a second cord ( handy but also risky for clear reasons) , I 'think' modern engines like Yam/ suzy will allow you to restart without a cord for something like 30 secs after its pulled out - precisely for the above reason in time saving.....