The RYA has made it easier for all powerboaters to replace old kill cords by stocking big brands like Honda, Barrus, Tohatsu and Yamaha in one handy place.
While many chandlers stock kill cords to suit different engines, they will not always be the manufacturer’s own brand. These are usually available only through the manufacturer’s own dealership and servicing network.
Cheaply copied kill cords often have substandard fittings and manufacturing, and some do not fit the switches they are intended for use with (too tight or too loose).
The manufacturer’s own kill cord, however, will have been rigorously tested to work with the components.
When replacing kill cords, you want to purchase a good quality lanyard with a strengthening cord through the middle.
The RYA advises checking your kill cords regularly for signs of wear and tear as they can become stretched or brittle over time.
If your kill cord has lost its spiral tension like the one below – it is time to replace it.
Rachel Andrews, RYA Chief Instructor for Power Cruising and Motor, advises: “Look for signs of wear, rust and reduced elasticity in order to replace them in good time.When replacing kill cords, purchase the engine manufacturer’s own kill cord and we recommend not leaving kill cords out in the elements as extremes of temperature and UV light will harm the lanyard in the long term.”
To buy your new kill cord with confidence, visit rya.org.uk/go/shop and look under sea safety
To find out more about kill cords and how they work visit rya.org.uk/go/killcord