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Old 07-08-2013, 09:54 AM
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Default Must wear Lanyard cutoff switch law.

So how do you get around the new Lanyard law for Illinois. below is the law from http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/recreati...BoatDigest.pdf


Lanyards or Engine Cut-off Devices: No person may operate any motor
boat, including a personal watercraft or specialty prop-craft, equipped
with an engine cut-off switch while the engine is running and the motorboat
is underway, without verifying that the engine cut-off switch is operational
and fully-functional and: (1) the engine cut-off switch link is properly
attached to his or her person, clothing or worn PFD, as appropriate
for the specific vessel; or (2) activating the wireless cut-off system. For
the purposes of this section, "Engine cut-off switch link" means the lanyard
or wireless cut-off device used to attach the motorboat operator to
the engine cut-off switch installed on the motorboat. "Engine cut-off
switch" means an operational emergency cut-off engine stop switch
installed on a motorboat that attaches to a motorboat operator by an
engine cut-off switch link.


So I don't want to wear the switch all the time. The only time I have used it is when I am by myself in rough waves and running fast. I troll with a kicker motor which also has a shutoff switch and there isn't a chance I can wear it and be functional when fishing. They ARE giving tickets for this so its not just a bogus law that gets overlooked.

Short of removing the switch all together so the boat is no longer "equipped" with one or getting a wireless device what are my options? Could I just place a sticker on it saying "this is not to be used as a safety device". the kicker I will never use but I do want to be able to use the main motor one when the conditions are rough.
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autotether... best thing I you do not want wear the lanyard or if you have kids and are afraid of them going off the boat in rough seas or high speeds.

edit: sorry I just read the part were you said you do not want a wireless thing..
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Just remove the switch kinda like we (as youts) did when seat belts were first installed in cars.

OH! I guess I gave my age away
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Yeah, just remove it, you don't need no stingin keel switch ...
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Or move to a free state. When no one stops states from passing dumb laws, this is what we get. I live in Mass which is just as bad.
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I had a auto tether on my old boat that hooked to my 2005 Yamaha switch and it only released half of the time when testing so there is no way I would trust it with my life. It would stick. This is right after install so its not like it got worse over time and it helped a bit if I put some WD40 on it so it didn't stick. I used a dremel to modify it a bit and got it to work a little better but if I really slammed hard off a wave it would fall off.
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Some dude got killed here over the holiday weekend. Was ejected and struck by the boat.

I wear mine whenever I'm alone in the boat. It's a pain, but it may save a life one day.
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I think you guy's are missing the OP's point. He wants to be able to move around the boat while he is trolling with a, probably 9.9 hp, kicker. He'd probably only be going 1.5 to 2 mph.
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Add more rope to the existing lanyard. If you ever fall overboard while the boat is underway, you will be glad you were using the kill switch.
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You can also hook it to one of those retracting badge holder type things. Just make sure it's one of the models that has a thin stainless cable. That way it'll release and reel back up as you move about the boat. Not sure they make them longer than 5-10' though...

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