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    Default Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Boat's under 26-feet LOA under power require operator to use a engine cutoff device as of April 1. Most know these as the red, squiggly, "safety lanyards." For newer engines, wireless solutions are available.

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    U.S. Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-off Switches

    WASHINGTON - Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length
    will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS
    link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law
    passed by Congress.

    The ECOS and ECOSL prevent runaway vessels and the threats they pose. The
    ECOSL attaches the vessel operator to a switch that shuts off the engine if
    the operator is displaced from the helm. The ECOSL is usually a
    lanyard-style cord that attaches to an ECOS either in close proximity to the
    helm or on the outboard motor itself if the vessel is operated by a tiller.
    When enough tension is applied, the ECOSL disengages from the ECOS and the
    motor is automatically shut down. Wireless ECOS have recently been developed
    and are also approved for use. These devices use an electronic "fob" that is
    carried by the operator and senses when it is submerged in water, activating
    the ECOS and turning the engine off. Wireless devices are available on the
    aftermarket and are beginning to become available as manufacturer-installed
    options.

    Each year the Coast Guard receives reports of recreational vessel operators
    who fall or are suddenly and unexpectedly thrown out of their boat. These
    events have led to injuries and deaths. During these incidents the boat
    continues to operate with no one in control of the vessel, leaving the
    operator stranded in the water as the boat continues on course, or the boat
    begins to circle the person in the water eventually striking them, often
    with the propeller. These dangerous runaway vessel situations put the
    ejected operator, other users of the waterway, and marine law enforcement
    officers and other first responders in serious danger.

    Section 503 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 required
    manufacturers of covered recreational boats (less than 26 feet in length,
    with an engine capable of 115 lbs. of static thrust) to equip the vessel
    with an ECOS installed as of December 2019. Owners of recreational vessels
    produced after December 2019 are required to maintain the ECOS on their
    vessel in a serviceable condition. It is recommended that recreational
    vessel owners regularly check their existing ECOS system to ensure it works,
    following manufacturer's instructions.

    Section 8316 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 requires
    individuals operating covered recreational vessels (less than 26 feet in
    length, with an engine capable of 115 lbs. of static thrust; 3 HP or more)
    to use ECOS "links." Using the ECOSL is required only when the primary helm
    is not within an enclosed cabin, and when the boat is operating on plane or
    above displacement speed. Common situations where ECOSL use would not be
    required include docking/trailering, trolling and operating in no-wake
    zones.

    The Coast Guard believes that the overwhelming majority of recreational
    vessels produced for decades have had an ECOS installed, so this new use
    requirement simply obligates recreational vessel operators to use critical
    safety equipment already present on their boat.

    Seven states currently have ECOS use laws for traditional recreational
    vessels, and 44 states have ECOS use laws for personal watercraft (PWC).

    Boaters are encouraged to check the U.S. Coast Guard website for additional
    information on this new use requirement and other safety regulations and
    recommendations:
    https://uscgboating.org/recreational...Switch-FAQ.php


    -USCG-


    Example of new wireless ECOD. These come in clip-on and " watchband" versions and can be worn by multiple crew members. They shut the motor off when either submerged, or a pre-set distance from the helm. Once deployed, the location of the wearer will appear on the boat's MFD as well as the screen of any mobile device with the APP.


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    Traditional Kill Switch Lanyard

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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    I have no problem with idiots killing them selves but I wear one myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryLL View Post
    Always had one and always used it. Clipped onto the snap on my float coat. It occasionally cut the engine off when I stepped too far forward to land a halibut. Why would anyone not be clipped in?
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Kevin, what’s the name of that wireless product?

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    Wearing it on ones wrist is like wearing a Covid mask below ones nose.

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    Kevin, what’s the name of that wireless product?
    Jim.... That's Mercury Marine's First Mate, which is ( I believe) a version of the Fell Marine security system. Another entry in wireless ECOD is AutoTether.



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    I see under 3HP is exempted. Guess I'll stick with the 2HP. I was a bit concerned, as none of the little outboards I have are outfitted for a lanyard. For example, I have a 3HP 80's Johnson. I'd have to find an add-on kill switch kit to use it?
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    They failed to mention sailing boats, sailing with their engine of of the water. Nor did they mention a rowing boat bring rowed, with the engine not running.

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    I find this language interesting, "Using the ECOSL is required only when the primary helm is not within an enclosed cabin, and when the boat is operating on plane or above displacement speed." So if your boat with an enclosed pilot house is incapable of getting on plane because it cannot exceed displacement speed, do you need to install an ECOD at all?
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Only applies to boats built after Jan 1, 2020.

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    If this guy thrown out of his boat had been wearing one things might have gone better. I'm assuming he was at the wheel:
    “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs."

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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Fortunately that's only a ham-handed 'explanation' of the regulation. The actual reg is clear.

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    Only applies to boats built after Jan 1, 2020.
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    I rarely use it if I have someone else on board who can drive. Figuring the other person can drive round and pick me up.
    Now I have to have a spare on board, which is a much better idea.

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    If this guy thrown out of his boat had been wearing one things might have gone better. I'm assuming he was at the wheel:
    If you watch closely, you can see him get throw out early in the video. If the engines had cut off as he exited, the damage would have been much less.

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    With sailboats that can now do 40 knots and more, they may have to think about expanding the rule.
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    You'd think they would know better than to make a regulation effective on 1 April. It's not that Wed 31 March or Fri 2 April are particularly difficult dates to relate to.

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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    https://uscgboating.org/recreational...Switch-FAQ.php Clarifies requirements especially regarding age of boat. John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnjohn View Post
    https://uscgboating.org/recreational...Switch-FAQ.php Clarifies requirements especially regarding age of boat. John

    That does clarify it. Thank you.
    I retract my mis-statement above.

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    I have one but tend not to use it. Yamaha 40 on 5 metre runabout

    I had an annoying but of course safe 'accident' once. but it could have been worse.

    Motoring quite fast, maybe twenty five kts or so. stood up to get a better view of something in front, and the lanyard caught on something and pulls off the kill switch, suddenly the boat goes from fast to almost a dead stop with the accompanying drop off from a high plane and I lose my balance and go overboard. The passenger couldn't start the motor because I've got the lanyard. We were on a huge lake, dead calm, and I could swim back to the boat ok. Already drifted ten or twenty metres.
    I hate to think what coud have happened if I'd been offshore or even just coastal, with a light chop and current or tide race, or I'd been on my own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonboy View Post
    I have one but tend not to use it. Yamaha 40 on 5 metre runabout

    I had an annoying but of course safe 'accident' once. but it could have been worse.

    Motoring quite fast, maybe twenty five kts or so. stood up to get a better view of something in front, and the lanyard caught on something and pulls off the kill switch, suddenly the boat goes from fast to almost a dead stop with the accompanying drop off from a high plane and I lose my balance and go overboard. The passenger couldn't start the motor because I've got the lanyard. We were on a huge lake, dead calm, and I could swim back to the boat ok. Already drifted ten or twenty metres.
    I hate to think what coud have happened if I'd been offshore or even just coastal, with a light chop and current or tide race, or I'd been on my own.
    hoo wow, that is like driving off a bridge without a pfd

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    Wearing it on ones wrist is like wearing a Covid mask below ones nose.
    huh? I've only gone overboard once, but it was on my wrist and it worked. Did I just get lucky?
    I'm currently experiencing higher than normal volume of human interaction, and appreciate your tolerance of my intolerance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figment View Post
    huh? I've only gone overboard once, but it was on my wrist and it worked. Did I just get lucky?
    Well, You were un lucky to fall overboard.
    And you were lucky it did not slip off your wrist, so yes.

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    I have never fallen off a moving OB boat, but I have accidentally shut the engine off dozens of times.
    The once I crashed Wizbang badly, the snap was on a clip on my 5 point harness/pfd.
    The boat flipped upside down when it hooked a rock just offshore and the engine plowed 5 feet through the sand.
    When the boat finally stopped, the merc was screaming !! It took me a moment to orientate myself and follow the lanyard to stop it.



    Motoring along at 5 knots on my sailboats with the electric autopilot is what frightens me though. Much more than a fast motorboat. Complacency and fatigue is more of a thing .
    On both my diesels, the stop mechanism is rigged in the cockpit pointing aft, and I run a line from it overboard with a wee float, that if I can grab the line while IN the water, I can atleast stop the mill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizbang 13 View Post
    ...

    Motoring along at 5 knots on my sailboats with the electric autopilot is what frightens me though. Much more than a fast motorboat. Complacency and fatigue is more of a thing .
    On both my diesels, the stop mechanism is rigged in the cockpit pointing aft, and I run a line from it overboard with a wee float, that if I can grab the line while IN the water, I can atleast stop the mill.
    That's a really good idea!
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    How about an old boat (pre 2020 cut off) with new power engine/motor? John

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    I would have thought any new motor will have the facility as standard as part of the ignition . My last new outboard was at least 15 years ago and it had the remote cut off on the control, but maybe tiller steering OBs are different. Whether or not the regs apply or whether or not you choose to follow them is another point.
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnjohn View Post
    How about an old boat (pre 2020 cut off) with new power engine/motor? John

    from reading the FAQs, it is boat build date, not engine build date. If you put a 2021 engine on a boat build in 2019, you do not have to have the kill switch.
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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Quote Originally Posted by Art Haberland View Post
    from reading the FAQs, it is boat build date, not engine build date. If you put a 2021 engine on a boat build in 2019, you do not have to have the kill switch.
    But, but ... question 23 in that list is from a guy who bought a boat "many years ago" and added a lanyard switch last year. Asks if he's required to use it. He was told "Yes, if the switch is present, its use is required". Or something to that effect.

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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    I would love to use one of those electronic ones on my big boat, but the old Detroit Diesel has no electronic ignition so there is nothing to cut off.

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    [QUOTE=ron ll;6409152]I would love to use one of those electronic ones on my big boat, but the old Detroit Diesel has no electronic ignition so there is nothing to cut off.[/

    Well you could rig a CO2 canister which would displace oxygen and stop combustion.

    Of course, the key turns the engine off, yes? Or, how do you stop the engine?

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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    Isn't it a fuel cutoff that kills most diesels? That's how my Yanmars were stopped. In fact, a lanyard tied directly to the pull knobs would have worked.
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    [QUOTE=Breakaway;6409394]
    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I would love to use one of those electronic ones on my big boat, but the old Detroit Diesel has no electronic ignition so there is nothing to cut off.[/

    Well you could rig a CO2 canister which would displace oxygen and stop combustion.

    Of course, the key turns the engine off, yes? Or, how do you stop the engine?

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    No key. Engine is stopped by pulling and holding a cable that cuts off fuel.

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    Default Re: Kill Switch Lanyards ( ECOD) To Be Required April 1 2021

    [QUOTE=ron ll;6409457]
    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post

    No key. Engine is stopped by pulling and holding a cable that cuts off fuel.
    I don't know jack about those electronic remote kill switches, but maybe somebody knows if one could operate a solenoid on the boat that was rigged to pull that fuel cable.

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    [QUOTE=jpatrick;6409462]
    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post

    I don't know jack about those electronic remote kill switches, but maybe somebody knows if one could operate a solenoid on the boat that was rigged to pull that fuel cable.



    Jeff
    That would take a pretty strong solenoid. A better solution might be to have a spring loaded guillotine that cuts off air when released. Could also be handy in case of a runaway engine.

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