Originally Posted by ricford
You can't just disconnect it. The purple wire is basically the ignition wire. The lanyard is designed to interrupt the circuit and shut down the boat if you are ejected from the boat, however, I don't know anyone who actually attaches the lanyard to themselves while driving. If you are going to bypass it, remove the lanyard switch and take the two purple wires off it and connect them together with a butt splice or marrette.
That makes sense, I'll have to pop it off tomorrow and take a look at exactly what I'm dealing with.
Thanks for the help!!