Originally Posted by prairie tuber
Why does nobody else simply clip it to their belt loop? Wrists, ankles & knees seem like extremely poor attachment points to me.
When I did a RYA course the instructor said do not use a belt loop as they can be weak and break. I know of two men drowned last year and they would have probably been OK if they wore a kill cord on the tiller.
Take from a RYA page
FAO ALL CLUBS - PLEASE DISPLAY THE FOLLOWING ON YOUR NOTICEBOARDS AND SECTION 2 ON ALL OF YOUR POWERBOATS
1. Top Tips for Powerboat Drivers
- Check Oil before starting the engine, and cooling jet after starting
- On safety boats with tiller steering, kill cords should be clipped to the buoyancy aid of the driver
- Always clip the kill-cord around something strong (e.g. your leg) and back onto itself - never rely on the spring clip gripping onto fabric
- Never put the kill cord around the wrist. It may slip off or you may take it off
- On establishing contact with someone in the water, the engine should always be turned off.
REMEMBER - the primary reason for wearing the kill cord is to stop the boat hitting you or someone else after the driver has fallen out.
2. Safety Boat Drivers
- Wear the kill cord securely
- Stop the engine when in contact with someone in the water
- Always beware of the propeller
- Look before you start the engine
REMEMBER - the kill cord is to stop the boat hitting you or someone else after the driver has fallen out.