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For a temporary fix, try using needle nose pliers to grasp what is left of the key in the switch. You should then be able to turn it off.
The same thing happened to me a few years back. While sailing toward the sea wall just outside of the harbor in Annapolis, the key broke off in the ignition. We dropped the jib and eased the main sheet to reduce speed and luckily was able to start the engine relatively quickly (although the mood was tense at the time) by using some needle nose pliers and grasping the end of the key that was left the cylinder. By digging out some of the plastic part of the slot where the key is inserted we were able to get a bite on the key. We used the “pliers” technique successfully for 2 more starts and stops until we replaced the switch.
1986 Pearson 28-2
Last edited by JSL3; 09-24-2007 at 06:46 PM.