This is a pretty picture! Except for the logo.
Almost 10 yrs. ago, I had a buddy that went from a Ski boat with one season on the water under him to a 32' Sunsation that he bought new at the Detroit boat show.
He's running down the river (you Maumee/ Erie guys might know where I'm talking - headed out of Rossford, and making the turn around the grain elevators towards downtown).
Me and my GF (now wife) are in the boat with him for the first run.
He'd been out once before for just a short ride to make sure it was mechanically sound.
GF is in the passenger bolster, I'm standing between the bolsters, buddy is driving.
He's running cruise speed (50-55), and we're just talking about the boat. I ask him if he put it through the paces yet? How's it track in the turns etc...
Next thing I know, he turns hard right,
Then brings it back hard left, ( you can get away with this in a jet-boat or a ski-boat) - boat grabs hard, sends the GF into the gunwale, sends me into her, buddy bounces over towards me.
But, when I got knocked over, I dropped my beer.
Buddy is now bent over trying to pickup the foaming beer can so as not to mess the brand new carpet.
THROTTLES ARE STILL AT CRUISE SPEED AND WE'RE ABOUT 75 YARDS FROM RUNNING DIRECTLY INTO A CONCRETE BREAKWALL!!!!
I climb over him and grab the sticks and cut the wheel to the right.
Everything is cool.
After we get through the No-Wake zone ( half a mile further), he looks at me and asks me to run it the rest the way out into the lake and show him what to do (not that I'm an expert, but I've been around boats a little longer).
Point is, this could have gotten really ugly had I not been able to react.
Landyard would have stopped the boat immediately.
Good thread Sydwayz - glad you're doing better. I would have suggested to Phantom Chaos to use an alligator clip to the scrot - but hey, whatever works.
I don't use the lanyards to kill the motors, but as a reminder/anti-theft effort I take them out and keep them with the keys. And yes, a couple of times I managed to try and start the boat without putting them in; at least I can't ignore them, and it confirms they work!
I remember my second time out in the boat was a dusk/evening run and I was in the ocean. Putzing along at 40mph I went to move something on the cockpit floor that had me move just outside the reach of the lanyards. Killed the ignition, scared the living crap out of me, but still glad I had them on.
Wear mine all the time. It is connected to a velcro wrist strap. The only place I have seen them is at the Cleveland Boat Show. When not on a wrist, the strap is around the throttles so the wife or I don't forget to put it on.
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