Ted with the word of USCG mandating level flotation in 2024 I’m gonna build a few and stack them in the yard for the tots !
Stand by for a build !
Another reason I got 2 grandfathered hulls in my name, a 3rd in my son's. I've heard with a steady supply of new metal the riveted hard metal hulls can last generations; I know the VIN numbers can 🤔.
In the event of a broken throttle spring, engine at WOT, sure you can yank it by hand, but the cord is likely to be wrapped up in stuff. The best plan is a switch panel with toggles you can hit everything in a quick motion, all down and off (like the Karate chop on my stbd switch panel). Even if the lanyard is not tangled up, it's not gonna do the job it was intended to do until the boat hits a solid object
had a friend crash a boat and the boat wound up on top of him , in about 16" of water , and the boat was idling and slowly crept foreward untill he popped out the back , scaaarrryy . so i think the killswitch should be optional .
I can do one better, one of my buddies ended up face down in wet mud with boat on top. His buddies acted quick to blow the boat off, peel him up and slap him back to life. Imagine having to emergency restart a hot engine, after coming up with a backup kill switch key to do the same?
For anyone with a new kill switch mandated hull, make note that there are wireless kill switch solutions available on the market that are USCG approved. They eliminate the wires.
On my offshore boat (call me selfish) but my main concern with the kill switch was I was taking the key over the side with me, how do the rest of the folks onboard refire and come get me? My solution to this on all boats was to include spare kill switch keys on the engine key chain. But still, in the gulf stream that boat can get blown a long way away before a passenger sorts out a restart. On my old long tail mudboat the kill switch lanyard was religious, I kept it on my wrist cause that motor spent every running second trying to throw me outa the boat.