Why is the kill cord so important?
The kill cord, is a lanyard designed to stop your boat’s engine in the event of you falling overboard. It also shuts the engine off if you are knocked away from the helm position. The last thing you want is for your boat to be running circles around you in the water or you to be thrown to the back of your boat while it speeds mercilessly towards some rocks.
How to wear a kill cord.
A kill cord should be worn around the leg as illustrated. It can also be attached to a secure point on your lifejacket or similar. Contrary to popular belief a kill cord should not be worn around the wrist.
Other points to consider:
- Check the kill cords operation at the start and end of every day.
- Ensure your lanyard is not just all cheap weak plastic. Your kill cord should have a strengthening cord running through it.
- Do not leave the kill cord outside for long periods of time, harsh NZ sun will weaken and deteriorate the plastic in no time.
- A kill cord that has lost it’s spiraling ability should be replaced immediately as this is a sign of wear or damage.