Originally Posted by marinesafety
A good knife is also invaluable such as the RRK rescue knife. I never go boating without one.
Agreed. I keep a "Bearclaw" knife attached to the A frame just behind the drivers post. Nice because if someone else grabs it, it's highly unlikely they'll damage the tubes.
Knife is here:
This particular knife needs a heavy coat of silicone grease if it's in the elements; the stainless is prone to heavy surface rust.
Only had to use it once (semi-emergency; needed to cut a towed boat loose as I was drifting in a river current, and the towed boat was where I wanted it to be, but the tension on the 1/2" line made it impossible to untie. The knife left the boat loose and in position in about a half a second.)
I was going to mention the Merc toggle switch kill cord as well, but Martini and Jezza beat me to it. I'm trying to figure out if I can retrofit my Yam killswitch to that type. If you're not familiar with it, it's a standard toggle switch that gets flipped one way when the killcord is yanked out. Resetting simply involves flipping the toggle switch and firing up the motor.