Universal Engine Kill Cord

Universal Engine Kill Cord

A universal engine kill cord with quick-release kill switch attachments and driver safety clip.

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Universal Engine Kill Cord (OB190)


Universal Engine Kill Cord Information

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As many boats with a kill switch will not operate without a kill cord in place it is advisable to keep a second kill cord onboard so that the boat can be re-started if the driver and kill cord have gone overboard.

This universal engine kill cord has several quick-release kill switch attachments to fit different boat kill switch designs. It also features a driver safety clip that is used to hold the lanyard in place, around the drivers leg or attached to personal buoyancy, and clipped back on to itself.

The internally strengthened kill cord is elastic coiled in design to allow for the natural movement of the skipper at the helm and, when used correctly, will stop the engine should the kill cord be removed from the kill switch (for instance if the driver becomes detached from the helm position).

A kill cord can also be removed from the kill switch by a crew member should the driver become incapacitated whilst driving (for instance if the driver faints or is unable to control the craft).

How does a Engine Kill Switch work?

An engine kill switch will stop boat engines when the kill cord is removed. Most boats fitted with a kill switch will require a kill cord to be placed on to the switch before the engine can be run. When the kill cord is in place correctly the boat engine will operator as normal. Should the kill cord be removed for whatever reason the kill switch activates and stops the boat engine.

Key RYA Kill Switch advice and recommendations

  • The RYA recommends that the kill cord be attached around your leg. It should not foul the steering or gear controls.
  • The RYA does not recommend extending the length of the kill cord provided by the manufacturer of the engine.
  • Always check your kill cord works at the start of each day or session and check it regularly for signs of wear.
  • When replacing kill cords, purchase a good quality lanyard with a strengthening cord through the middle.
  • Do not leave kill cords out in the elements. Extremes of temperature and UV light will harm the lanyard in the long term.
  • If your lanyard has a fabric outer sheath, but has lost its spiral tension, it is advisable to replace it as it is possible that the inner strengthening cord may be damaged.

Engine Kill Cord Specifications

Colour Red
Length (elastic) 55-120cm approx.
Internal Strengthening Cord Yes

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