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All About Engine Cut-Off Switches: The $20 Device that Saves Boater’s Lives Is Now Required By Federal Law

An engine cut-off switch is one of the most essential boating safety devices. Also called a “safety lanyard” or “engine kill switch,” it’s designed to shut off a boat’s engine if the operator is thrown from the helm.

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Video: How to Use a Safety Lanyard

All Freedom Boat Club vessels come equipped from the manufacturer with an emergency engine cut off switch. This particular device is used to turn the engine off in the event the vessels skipper moves away from the helm or falls in the water. The engine cut off switch has an lanyard between the skipper and the switch. When the lanyard end piece is removed, the engine will turn off. By using this one device it can easily save lives!

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The Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

Getting thrown from a bass boat at 60 mph is one way to learn about the importance of Engine Cutoff Switches.

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Video: Phyllis Kopytko Accident/Engine Cut Off Switch

Boating accident survivor, Phyllis Kopytko, tells her harrowing story of how she and her husband were ejected from a speeding boat and then suddenly fighting for their lives as the boat circled them with no one on board. This real-life video re-enactment reminds boaters about basic boating safety such as always wearing an engine cutoff device and a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.

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NSBC BoatBeat Blog: Emergency Engine/Propulsion Cut-Off Devices FAQ

Emergency engine/propulsion cut-off devices, sometimes referred to as an engine cut-off switch or kill switch, are a time-proven safety device used to stop the boats engines should the driver unexpectedly fall overboard.

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Why You Should Always Use Your Engine Cutoff Device

Simple and mechanical, it’s practically foolproof—if you’re wearing it.

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