Old 10-12-2020, 01:26 PM
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I always have it attached if I am out alone, or with any kids or non-experienced boaters on board. My biggest fear is leaving the console and someone bumps the throttle. I don't want to accidentally send my kids and/or friends to Cuba at WOT and possibly end up on the Today show.

Every time we start a trip, I tell everyone... if something happens to me, just pull this red cord to kill the engine, when the boat stops throw the bow anchor. I think that covers 95% of being able to get help if you are staying very near shore or back bay.

I also wear some kind of PFD whenever the motor is on, no exceptions. The newer automatic inflating PFDs are so small and light, there is really no excuse. You don't see them hauling many dead bodies out of the inlet wearing a PFD with a lanyard attached to it.