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kgregg posted 09-25-2002 09:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for kgregg   Send Email to kgregg  
My wife reminded me how important it is to her that our 1991 Outrage 19 have one of this switches. Does your boat have one? If you don't have one, why? They look simple enough to install... any gotchas? Kevin
Drisney posted 09-26-2002 02:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
Mine does not work and has not for ten years.....however, a guy I know fell overboard while trolling outside the golden gate. no boats near enough to see he was in trouble, no life jacket, no kill switch.....
He was sooo incredibly lucky that the boat went into a turn as he fell off. He swam as hard as he could in a rain slicker and full clothes...luck was with him and he caught the boat..Dave
NoviceWhaler posted 09-26-2002 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for NoviceWhaler  Send Email to NoviceWhaler     
Some states require that there be a kill switch with a lanyard attached to the driver whenever the motor is running. I know Alabama has this statute.

It is reasonably easy to install, but you might need your motor wiring schematic. I'm surprised that a 1991 Outrage didn't come with one. My 84 Montauk has one.

Bigshot posted 09-26-2002 10:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Cheap and easy....just connect it to the hot lead on your ignition switch.
where2 posted 09-26-2002 12:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Gotcha: Not attaching the lanyard to yourself the day you should have...

Admitedly, my lanyard stays clipped to my ignition key bobber rather than being clipped around my ankle (it's a 15' Sport, your ankle is the closest thing to the kill switch on the throttle). Usually, if I stop to think about it, I'll clip it to my ankle if I am running with nobody else in the boat. However, I sometimes neglect to. Someday, that will probably catch up with me...

Capt_Tidy posted 09-26-2002 01:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
Next you guys will want a seat belt. But its not a bad idea.

I fell of the back of my 43 foot Columbia sloop once and watched it sail away. From what I saw, the party on board didn't miss a beat! They were a little surprised when I arrived via dingy a little later.

Bigshot posted 09-26-2002 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Falling off into the dingy is pretty lucky:)
ratherwhalering posted 09-26-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
I never used mine until I installed the NFB steering. Before, the prop rotation might eventually cause the boat to go in circles. Now, it will head for Hawaii till it runs out of gas. I guess I got lazy took an article in this forum to snap me back to attention. I'll bet an insurance adjuster would have a hard time with a claim where it was disconnected or not in use. Just a thought.
Capt_Tidy posted 09-27-2002 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for Capt_Tidy  Send Email to Capt_Tidy     
I wish I could say it was my dingy or that it was driven by a beautiful woman. 0 for 2.

A buddy asked me why I offset my little dingy engine and replied so it would circle if I ever fell out. I do it because it's easier on my arm. A little later why having drinks over in Catalina I watched as a drunk started a pretty powerful 15 hp on a soft dingy, in gear, throttle open... he went over the back and the boat took off and danced around him. I have no idea why he was not chopped up. Several of us jumped into out dingies. I had a huge Zodiac at the time and simply took out the manless killer and drove it into another sail boat. I actually pulled the safety tottle ot stop it and never gave it back. It was a pretty wild couple of seconds. I was fully expecting to see a leg or an arm floating on the water.

The last thing I would ever want is my dingy coming back to me at any speed.

kgregg posted 10-07-2002 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for kgregg  Send Email to kgregg     
FWIW, I installed an emergency engine cutoff switch on Sat and bought myself (and the Mrs) some real piece of mind. The switch I bought was on sale at Boat US for around $17. Installation was a breeze, too. Just do it. Kevin
kingfish posted 10-07-2002 12:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Good business, Kevin; I'm with you.

I was fishing alone a couple years ago outside of Sand Key, Key West, far enough out that the only thing on the horizon other than water was the very top of the tallest building in Key West, if you knew where to look to spot it. I was setting the downriggers in fairly close 3-5 foot waves, idling downwind and every now and then a pretty good piece of a wave would come in over the transom (no sweat in a Whaler). I was kind of like the monkey and the football back there though and all of a sudden right out of the blue the thought occurred to me, "What the tarnation are you gonna do if you slip and go over?" The answer was one word that expresses finality. So I secured the one downrigger I had almost got set, did a little surface trolling and called it a day. Pretty thoroughly scared myself.

I made the mistake of relating that tale to some friends in front of my wife some time after that, and now she won't let me go out and fish alone unless I promise, every time, that I'll hook up to the kill switch. And I'm glad of it.

I haven't got the whole program completely worked out yet with the extension I made so I can get back to the downriggers; it seems like I'm always turning the wrong way and getting myself wound up in it and/or accidently shutting the motor down, but I'll get the hang of it.


Bigshot posted 10-07-2002 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot a seperate kill switch line to the back of the boat with just a clothesline string stuck inside some tubing. At the outrigger site you clip in the spiral cord on your rist to the one in the tube and then if you pull, it pulls the string and shuts her down. Cheap & simple.
kingfish posted 10-07-2002 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Cheap and simple - I like that.

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