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bluewaterpirate posted 01-03-2008 07:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Santa (wife) bought me one for Christmas from Jim at BOE. Heard nothing but good things about this safety device. Getting ready to install it on my Whaler (nothing to it). Everything you see in the picture below comes as part of the package. If you fish by yourself it is a no brainer. There has been some previous discussion on this item so I will do a video of it after the install.

[Long cut and paste of manufacturer's promotional material deleted--jimh]

What's in the box

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/show/external/534032/748510/ 35173290/file.jpg

Personal FOB attached to SOSPENDERS ....

http://bluewaterpirate.phanfare.com/show/external/534032/748510/ 35174533/file.jpg

AutoTether Website

http://www.autotether.com/

Tom


Tom Hemphill posted 01-03-2008 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom Hemphill    
Injuries and death can occur when a boat's motor is suddenly killed. If there is no operator at the helm, shutting down the motor automatically could be an safety advantage. Especially when the operator is alone. Aside from that condition, I think shutting down the motor automatically is a bad idea. I see lawsuits resulting from inappropriate use of this product.
bluewaterpirate posted 01-03-2008 08:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for bluewaterpirate  Send Email to bluewaterpirate     
Chicken Little Syndrome ........

wonderful times we live in money for nothing & your chicks for free. I plan to use mine when fishing alone but in the scheme of things it doesn't really matter.

Casco Bay Outrage posted 01-03-2008 08:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
Tom -

Thanks for sharing. We can always count on you for educating us on new products. If you are boat alone, it is worth considering.

CBO

Casco Bay Outrage posted 01-03-2008 08:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casco Bay Outrage  Send Email to Casco Bay Outrage     
That should read "...boating alone.."
roloaddict posted 01-04-2008 01:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for roloaddict  Send Email to roloaddict     
Seems like a good idea as long as you use the main motor to troll. If you use a kicker to troll and you are doing the things I like to do while fishing; cleaning up, rigging lines,cutting bait etc., you still would be at risk of falling and being left behind. Perhaps AutoTether would consider a two channel/two box solution, for say 50% more.
dino54904 posted 01-04-2008 09:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for dino54904  Send Email to dino54904     
BlueWaterPirate,
Thanks for sharing. I have seen these devices and have wondered about how hard they are to install and if they worked as advertised. I ALWAYS fish alone because my family won't get up at 4:30 AM to come along with me. I know my Whaler won't sink but I also know that there have been several times that I have almost gone overboard while rigging lines or downriggers while trolling 5 miles off shore. I wear an inflatble life vest but even with that a five mile swim to shoare in cold Lake Michigan water is not the best situation. Let us know how it works once you get it installed.

Dino

Jefecinco posted 01-05-2008 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jefecinco  Send Email to Jefecinco     
Tom,

I like the device and think it is very user friendly. I wear my tether when boating alone but it's very inconvenient.

A couple of days ago a yellow lab was rescued in the middle of P'cola Bay. It's not unusual for boaters to lose a dog overboard and then to not notice until it's too late to effect a rescue. Attaching a sensor to one's dog's collar could avoid the death of a beloved pet.

It's on my "save up for" list along with a new VHF with DSC.

Butch

Jerry Townsend posted 01-06-2008 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Tom - thanks for the information.

Their website is www.AutoTether.com - and provides more information.

I will order one and believe that everyone should consider this device. A great big safety feature.

Thanks again ---------- Jerry/Idaho

jimh posted 01-06-2008 10:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
From what I can tell, the device is just a mechanically operated lanyard that can disconnect itself from your existing engine safety switch on cue from a wireless remote unit. I guess the biggest advantage over normal use of the safety lanyard is:

--the wireless device allows more mobility for the helmsman in the cockpit; he can get farther from the helm than the lanyard would allow;

--the wireless device can be used in parallel with several remote devices, so more than one person can initiate a trigger signal to shut down the engine.

On the other hand, it adds another layer of complexity to the safety lanyard system. I also find the manufacturer's claim that the system is "self-powered" but "requires batteries" to be a little confusing. I think that has been described for years as being "battery operated." So you have to keep the batteries fresh in both the main unit and in remote units.

I can see it as a plus for guys who fish alone and can't stay tethered to the usual safety lanyard cord while working in the cockpit away from the helm.

davej14 posted 01-12-2008 10:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for davej14  Send Email to davej14     
This is a great idea but it seems like the engine manufacturers should be the ones to incorporate it into their electronics. A lot of new cars are coming out with keyless entry and push button start and the remotes are quite small. I see no reason why the very old tethered system should not be replaced with a wireless system at little cost to the manufcturer. An additional advantage is that the keyless system would render the engine virtually useless if it were stolen.

For you cold weather boaters that may get this system, I would recommend lithium batteries which have much better performance than alkaline when cold. They also have longer life but of course you pay for it.

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