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Old 25 September 2003, 04:55   #1
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After a discussion in the pub last night, I was wondering where people attach their boat kill cord to on themselves? I usually tighten it around my wrist, which seems pretty good, but might slip off. Some people I know put it round their leg or clip to to the harness on their lifejacket, but that can be more restrictive on your movement.

What do people prefer? Comments welcome.

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Old 25 September 2003, 05:06   #2
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The key in my opinion is that you are attached. I see so many boaters who don't bother so well done for that point in itself. Where one attaches it is I suppose a matter of comfort and convenience. If wearing a jacket I attach it to tthe loop in the pocket, howeve, usually I put it around my wrist as I'm often wearing nothing more than trunks or a wetsuit.
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Old 25 September 2003, 05:25   #3
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In my opinion the wrist is one of the worst places to attach the kill cord. It gets in the way or you can easly get it wound round the steering wheel (that is if you drive the boat like a car ) or remote control . A lot will of course depend on where the switch is fitted.
My kill cord switch is on the remote controle which is fitted to the right hand side of the console so I find it is best to attach it just above the knee

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Old 25 September 2003, 06:05   #4
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HI

I agree with Andre. Putting it around your wrist it will end up beeing tangled with your steering wheel.

I put mine on my leg above the knee. And remember to make sure the part around you leg i tight, so it's not going to flex if you fall out of the boat.

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Old 25 September 2003, 06:20   #5
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Old 25 September 2003, 06:23   #6
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first time i used one i attached it to my wrist...it got wound round the steering wheel, never again.

I attach it to my belt now
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Old 25 September 2003, 06:27   #7
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Put it round your nuts, This will ensure you do your best not to fall out
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Old 25 September 2003, 06:40   #8
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I agree with Chrisalse.....not really it might not be so effective in the winter!

I have been chucked out of a boat a few times and I am pleased to say the Kill cord has always worked.

As a result I wear the Kill cord on my lifejacket, I attach it to the safety clip shackle.

I found that the wrist is a bad place for the reasons mentioned and I find the knee a good place but a high speed entry into the water can remove the safety from your leg. Motto always carry a spare ( Kill cord or leg they both come in handy after a spill)

whilst on the Subject I think the toggle switch arrangement used by Merury/mariner is a bad system as you can overide the system to easily
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Hi folks

Clip mine to my lifejacket.

As its a carry over for my Yacht days it has a harness attachment point which is great for the kill cord.

Dont like the wrist for reason given but have used it round my leg before now, just leaves it a bit tight on full height consoles and prone to be pulled by normal movement.
Was great on my 4.8 though as the kill switch and console was much lower.

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I think its a matter of judgement, Hand stear engines, the wrist is better I feel for this.
On the leg I feel is better for RIB work, But a decent strong point does help as I have seen them slide down the leg and fall off!
But when you are teaching L2 and trying to get the pupil to keep one hand on the throttle and one on the wheel, it does bring the message home, when the engine stops!
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Old 25 September 2003, 08:09   #11
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Round the leg.
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On the harness attachment of my crewsaver lifejacket - works great just about all the time unless I'm leaning forward and turning wheel, at which point it can get wrapped around the steering wheel a couple of times. Since it's attached to the harness, maybe that's a good thing cos if it's strong enough, it may even keep me from going overboard

Since I have a 4hp Suzuki aux engine, that strangely came with an identical kill cord to the main engine, so I leave it attached to the aux engine all the time when I am out.... if I went over and there was someone else on board, they could either start the aux, or relocate the kill cord to the main engine controls, and use that instead.

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Old 25 September 2003, 13:05   #13
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not so practical for some of us

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Sorry Jackeen........... I guess you could always use a crew member
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Old 25 September 2003, 13:40   #15
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Well done Jackeen, for pointing that out

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clipped to the life jacket for me,
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Get a bit of 8mm rope, put a big loop into it so it will go over your head and one arm so it's across your body. Put a small loop in the other end, about 500-600mm from the main loop. Clip the kill-cord to it and leave it connected. Take it off and tie it to the throttle control when not in use. It never got in the way yet. It works well for women too!
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