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Old 10-17-2020, 08:14 PM
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I do my best to wear mine.
Old 10-17-2020, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by 30West View Post
I looked at the wiring guide, can the FELL work on an old twin inboard gasser with two stations? Maybe cut power to the coils? Seems like a good price for what it can prevent.
You can use the Fell MOB+ to operate a DPST relay to cut power to both engines.
Old 10-17-2020, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Mangimi View Post
I always wear the lanyard as well as a PFD. Water here is cold and I won’t be able to catch up swimming to the boat even in idle...
Speaking to, "catch up swimming to the boat....." Once rescued a guy in the water who could not catch his motor off jet ski due to the wind blowing it away faster then he could swim.
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Originally Posted by 30West View Post
I looked at the wiring guide, can the FELL work on an old twin inboard gasser with two stations? Maybe cut power to the coils? Seems like a good price for what it can prevent.
https://supportcenter.fellmarine.com/hc/en-us
Old 10-18-2020, 01:41 AM
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I do 50NM each way alone. No other boats there, and it's not warm water or GOM flat.

Auto tether for me. And I test it regularly.

I've fallen out of my boat once, around 20nm to sea, in 13deg c water, was hooked up on gear and a couple of wraps around a hand..... swell lift at the wrong time, toes not hooked under coaming rail and over I went. Boat not in gear, drifting, faaast.

The tide on our shelf rips at times, and while I think I stayed calm, it was a mortality reminding struggle for life. And I bought the proximity kill switch.

Wouldn't have helped then, as I was chasing a drifting boat. But the experience shook me enough to reflect on All those times I move around from the helm on auto pilot while under way.

Once you've had the life changing, life could have ended experience, perspective tends to get re-set.
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Old 10-18-2020, 04:12 AM
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Vandlor can you share some pics of your install please? I’ve looked at this ACR unit but didn’t fully understand where the silver metal button type thing goes.

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I installed this kill switch. I use when alone or with the wife.
Old 10-18-2020, 06:21 AM
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Helm.


Old 10-18-2020, 06:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Sproly View Post
Not a fan at all of the traditional kill lanyard. For every life it saves you have 10 more instances of bad situations turning for the worse because of whoever is piloting the vessel jumping away from the helm to throw a flotation device or a loose one falling out and killing your engines in a situation where having power is the only thing keeping you upright. In the heat of the moment the last thing anyone is concerned with is checking the kill lanyard when trying to figure out why your engines died and won't start back up in the rush of a crisis situation.
This is silly on so many levels:

1) If you are at the helm and someone goes overboard and needs a floatation device, have someone else on the boat do it so you can maintain control of the boat. If you are alone on the boat then please don't leave the engine in drive if you are stepping away from the helm with someone in the water.
2) Do you really panic so easily that you will forget the very first thing on the "what do I do if my engine won't start" checklist?
3) Who on earth ever heard of a lanyard falling out?
4) Most importantly: if you are in "a situation where having power is the only thing keeping you upright" then everyone on the boat had better be wearing a PFD and these are exactly the conditions when a lanyard can literally be a life saver.

I wear mine every time I go out, no matter where and no matter the conditions. It's just a habit: attach lanyard, start engine; stop engine, remove lanyard. Takes a second and I don't really even think about it. When I'm driving a weapon I just think it's a good idea to have the safety on.
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Vandlor, thank you Sir 👍

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