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Old 30 June 2009, 11:02   #1
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Wisdom of using an'Unbreakable' killcord?

I've been having problems recently with the plastic spiral killcords cracking and breaking. It's proving quite hard to get hold of one with a core as my local chandlers don't sell them.

Anyhow, looking through an old copy of a shooting magazine today, I spotted somewhere that sells kevlar cored plastic coated spiral pistol lanyards. They say they are virtually unbreakable.

Anyone got any thoughts on having one that's unlikely to snap if it got caught on the way out of the boat?
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As long as it releases from the controls and kills the engine before it gets caught I don't see a problem.
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Old 30 June 2009, 11:18   #3
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As long as it releases from the controls and kills the engine before it gets caught I don't see a problem.
Unless the boats upside down of course.....
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Old 30 June 2009, 11:20   #4
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I've been having problems recently with the plastic spiral killcords cracking and breaking. It's proving quite hard to get hold of one with a core as my local chandlers don't sell them.

Anyhow, looking through an old copy of a shooting magazine today, I spotted somewhere that sells kevlar cored plastic coated spiral pistol lanyards. They say they are virtually unbreakable.

Anyone got any thoughts on having one that's unlikely to snap if it got caught on the way out of the boat?
Sounds like a good idea, I think you've got more chance of getting thrown out the boat than capsizing it.
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Old 30 June 2009, 11:22   #5
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It only really needs to be strong enough to remove the plastic clip form the kill switch - your local friendly chandler can supply numerous colours off suitable thin rope! (and if you choose red nylon multibraid you get a really retro looking one!)

I might be a tad concerned about being attatched by my ankle (my switch is at knee height so cord goes round my leg) with my head the wrong side of the toobs - engine stopped or not!

Having said that, if same happened with a new cord, would you suffer the same problem? (although the plastic snap hookk would probably give way first)
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These are the ones I'm looking at:-
2nd and 3rd cord.
http://www.usmcpro.com
Search 'lanyard'.
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By using the killcord, you've taken steps to avoid a fairly likely scenario (ejection; unfortunately too common.)

I'm not sure your concerns about the latter are all that well founded, for a few reasons:

1) What is the likelihood of the situation occuring? For the clip to hang up on something as you exit the boat is, IMO, pretty long odds. I suppose you could test it by leaping out of the boat several times while it's on land...

2) Is that really any different than it was before? The cord in the OEM lanyard is relatively thin, but I'd also guess that it would take a pretty decent tug to get it to part. Depening on what it's clipped to, I'd guess, as did 9D280, that the key or clip would give way first.

3) Should it get hung up, does it actually present a threat? Kind of depends on orientation of everything when it all stops, but how many configurations would actually trap you underwater?

Then again, stranger things have happened, I suppose. I certainly wouldn't worry about it, but that's just me.

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You could always build a weak link into the system, and clip it to yourself with something strong enough to guarantee the disconnect but not so strong you couldn't break free if you had to
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You could always build a weak link into the system, and clip it to yourself with something strong enough to guarantee the disconnect but not so strong you couldn't break free if you had to
I was thinking that- maybe a keyring or something before the clip.
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I was thinking that- maybe a keyring or something before the clip.
Or a bit of that red stuff they use for a normal kill cord
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