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A few years ago a guy we know really well had his boat troll up on the beach at Lejune and both motors were running with 6 lines in the water but he wasn't onboard. They did the 72 hour search and even pulled the GPS off of his boat to track where had been. Never found anything.That was when my wife told me I am never going our by myself again without an inflatable, PLRB, and kill switch. The inflatable and PLRB will be here tomorrow and the mechanic is coming to the house Tuesday to put in a kill switch. Ended up with an Onyx belt inflatable and an ACR PLRB. One question, I'm pretty sure that the lanyard on the kill switch won't let me go to the back of the boat so I thought about just hooking it to a mooring line and tying it to me. Anyody foresee any potential problems with that?
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they make a wireless kill switch i believe!
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Fell Marine wireless kill switch is the shizzz
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Fell Marine wireless kill switch is the shizzz
I'm always a day late and a dollar short and couldn't get a Fell before I go. The manual switch shouldn't be much and I will definitely swap it out next time I go.
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The fell switch looks interesting. My problem is, i'm generally using my bow mount terrova MinnKota rather then the big motor. Its always in autopilot mode too. I suppose I should start wearing the remote around my neck.. Not sure how waterproof it is though.
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Just get you a long lanyard. It will be a pain in the ass for the first few outings, and then you will get used to moving it where it needs to be based on where you are on deck. A PFD is a great tool to keep you alive. If you get more than a short distance from shore, it's all but useless without also having a kill switch hooked up.
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I fished and boated single 30 miles out of Shallotte inlet. I used a long lanyard. I also trolled a length of rope not long enough to interfere with my fishing lines. It can be quite the job to even catch the boat much less board it when the wind is up and current flowing.

The remote kill switches were just coming out and by that time I was used to wearing the lanyard.
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm thinking that maybe some paracord with a snap on it would probably work to extend the lanyard. roundit, I like the idea of pulling a line as well. My problem is that when I'm fishing Hispanics I like to cross the shoals to the East side and have literally found myself on my knees to keep from falling over when retrieving a handline. If the boat is not running, it's easy to board. I have low gunwales and I can just step on the cavitation plate and hit the tilt switch on the motor. It's like an elevator.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
...I can just step on the cavitation plate and hit the tilt switch on the motor. It's like an elevator.
Like a boss. Two thumbs up.

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I can just step on the cavitation plate and hit the tilt switch on the motor. It's like an elevator.
I would bet 90% of us are gonna have to go for a cavitation plate ride next time we are out and try it ourselves or just to show off after a couple beers. Make sure you have the keys with you boys!
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If your going to be dragging around a cord, why not have one strong enough to keep you from going overboard in the first place. When I'm single I wear a Mustang inflatable and I have a Fell MOB. I figure if I go in I'm going to have to swim really hard to catch the boat and if I'm wearing the PFD I can go until I'm too tired and if I don't make it at least they'll find me.
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Originally Posted by Vitalsigns View Post
If your going to be dragging around a cord, why not have one strong enough to keep you from going overboard in the first place. When I'm single I wear a Mustang inflatable and I have a Fell MOB. I figure if I go in I'm going to have to swim really hard to catch the boat and if I'm wearing the PFD I can go until I'm too tired and if I don't make it at least they'll find me.
Makes sense. Usually I have someone else onboard and that's a no brainer but I have this horror of watching my boat troll away from me if I am by myself. Plus, the boss told me to do it. When she talks I listen (kinda) most of the time

BTW, she is ex USCG and has seen some chit.
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
My problem is that when I'm fishing Hispanics I like to cross the shoals to the East side and have literally found myself on my knees to keep from falling over when retrieving a handline. If the boat is not running, it's easy to board. I have low gunwales and I can just step on the cavitation plate and hit the tilt switch on the motor. It's like an elevator.



All bets are off if your boat is still in gear.

amirite?
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When you go back to tend the lines you could turn the wheel a bit and maybe the boat will drive right back to you...…..it can happen.
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Originally Posted by savage View Post
All bets are off if your boat is still in gear.

amirite?
Definitely. I would only do it if the kill switch kills the engine.
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If fishing alone, piss in a bucket or directly on deck and wash it down. Most people who go over in good conditions with the boat in gear do so when taking a piss (usually at the transom facing backwards unable to see approaching waves).

Using an auto inflate pfd with a plb clipped to it gives you a really good chance of being found should you go over.
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I have done this fishing alone with success. I used a yellow nylon rope tied to the kill switch lanyard and I wore an orange life jacket with reflective tape.

The rope I used was like ski rope and stiff. Just be mindful of it when walking around. Also test it out that it will pull it off the kill switch from both ends of the boat.
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