Tech Edge: Kill Switch Freedom
February 13, 2017
Don't you hate those metal clips that attach you to your kill switch?
Check out this new idea called MOB+.
It lets you carry a small fob that links you to the kill switch without any curly plastic wires.
If you fall overboard, the low-energy wireless signal link between the fob and the helm will break and MOB+ will kill the engine so you can get aboard.
Also, if you happen to get farther than 50 feet from the console, it will kill the engine as well.
You can turn off the kill by tapping it, if you need to head to the tackle shop or pay for gas.
If you fish tournaments, check the rules before using MOB+ because many contests want to see a visible link between driver and boat.
That may change in the future: tournament directors will see that there is a light on the hub that shows the system is activated.
And popularity most likely will increase as more boaters see how cool it is to be independent from your dash.
The fob fits into a wristband that comes with it, can be clipped to your PFD, or worn from a lanyard, like your iPilot. $199 at fellmarine.com.
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