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04-05-2010 09:29 PM
Omatako
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Originally Posted by Shortman View Post
tether. I'm always worried it'll get busted off where it sits in my cockpit
The standard Yanmar ignition key is a pretty robust piece of metal - it'll take concerted effort to break it.

A tether means another thing that'll rattle in the night when the wind blows and in any case the key will generally be in the lock while you're sailing and if it's gonna break it's gonna break. It won't if it's a Yanmar key.

JMHO
04-05-2010 08:27 PM
IslanderGuy Personally I would be nervous about a flip type switch which activates the starter, as it could be easy to bump by accident while the engine is running. A recessed push button, temporary on would work well, with a flip cover perhaps? Or is there a turn the knob type that would be temporary on, just like a key?

I do not have this problem myself (at the moment), just some thoughts that popped to mind....
04-05-2010 08:17 PM
Gary M I have the same concerns about losing or breaking the key so I am just going to install a simple switch. You have to get into your boat to turn on the battery switch anyway so not using a key is no big deal.
04-05-2010 08:09 PM
Shortman tether. I'm always worried it'll get busted off where it sits in my cockpit
04-05-2010 05:06 PM
bacampbe
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Originally Posted by Omatako View Post
Let your boat broach, fill the cockpit with salt water and then wait. Within a week the key will be corroded solidly into the lock never to be removed.

How do I know? That's what happened to mine and the key is never coming out again. Ever.
Heh. I don't think I'm quite _that_ annoyed at my key.
04-05-2010 04:49 PM
Omatako Don't want to - I'm happy knowing that whenever I need to start the engine, the key will be exactly where I expect to find it.
04-05-2010 09:19 AM
ottos You could replace the switch for 20 bucks - if you have access.
04-04-2010 10:57 PM
Omatako Let your boat broach, fill the cockpit with salt water and then wait. Within a week the key will be corroded solidly into the lock never to be removed.

How do I know? That's what happened to mine and the key is never coming out again. Ever.
04-04-2010 08:01 PM
hellosailor Put a small wire brad on a hard surface. Lay the key over it at a right angle. Now hit the key, gently, with a hammer.

The key will be bent a little, and that should make it stick in the cylinder quite nicely. Start out gently, bend a little more until it is snug.

Or, if bending things goes against your nature, you could clean it off and float a little solder on both sides of the key, just enough to thicken it up and again, make it bind in the cylinder.

Probably could wedge in a little teflon tape or a bit of plastic or metal scrim to do the same thing, too.
04-03-2010 02:46 PM
JimHawkins Put a switch in next to the key, then epoxy the key in place, and epoxy it so it won't move. Your average boat thief probably isn't too bright, and he'll spend his time wondering why the key won't turn, then give up and go steal someone else's boat.
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