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Coast Guard to require use of kill switch lanyards on Federal waters

The huge bill Congress passed at the end of 2020 included the provision that operators of boats 26 feet and under attach their lanyard kill switch or use their wireless lanyard if either is available on their vessel on Federal waters. Cabin boats and vessels with less than 115 pounds of thrust are exempted from […]

Updated list of over the bow Pontoon Boat propeller accidents 2021

Its been over 3 years since we updated the List of Over the Bow Pontoon Boat Propeller Accidents, many of which result from bow riding / bowriding. We tried to limit the list to only over the bow prop accidents on pontoon boats. There are numerous other ways to get struck by the propeller of […]

Safety is our number one priority????

We have all seen and heard countless businesses tell us one or more of the phrases below: Safety is our number one priority Safety is our #1 priority

Boat Builder / Boatbuilder Product Safety Program

The Beginnings of a Product Safety Program for Boat Builders / Boatbuilders Boat builders range in size from very small to very large operations with multiple well known brands. Consolidation of the industry, explosive growth in certain segments, legacy products, international sales, industry and government regulations, product liability issues, new on water activities, increasing participation […]

Propeller Safety Year in Review 2020

A brief review of the major propeller safety events in 2020 including safety meetings, accidents, legal cases, deaths of those involved in the movement, statistics, patents, articles published, public service announcements, anniversaries, regulations, and other related events. A listing of some significant propeller safety events in 2020 follows: 2020 has been a very unique year, […]

Sarasota Sailing Club Propeller Kills Boy: Ethan Isaacs

Ethan Isaacs, age 10, was dropped off along with his brother by his mother at Sarasota Youth Sailing Club on Saturday morning 21 November 2020. Their mother waited for them. Ethan Isaacs, the ten year-old boy struck by a boat propeller and killed in the accident was in the 6th grade at Pine View School […]

Preventing Outboards Flipping in Boats: Supplement 1

We previously published, Approaches to Prevent Outboard Motors From Flipping Into Boats After Striking Floating or Submerged Objects, and twice updated this extensive list of approaches. Our last update was published in 2018. This time we published a separate 2020 supplement to the 2018 third edition of the report. Many new methods have come on […]

Suzuki patents outboard tether in Japan in 1992

In January 2016 The Leash was released as a means of preventing bass boat outboard motors striking submerged objects from breaking off and flipping into boats. Previous to The Leash we saw examples of individuals and one state government agency creating their own tethers. We found the Coast Guard recommending home built tethers on bass […]

Boating Safety in Press Release Images : Open Bow Wakesurfing Boat

Brunswick / Mercury Marine / MerCruiser recently released their new Bravo Four S forward facing stern drive. As part of the media coverage they released a number of images for the press / media to use while covering the release. We noticed several of Mercury’s press release images for the Bravo Four S drive were […]

MerCruiser adds Bravo Four S forward facing drive

Brunswick’s Mercury MerCruiser announced a new Bravo Four S forward-facing drive 24 August 2020. The drive obviously targets Volvo Penta’s FWD drive’s success in the wake surfing market. Mercury paired the drive’s introduction with a new control system called Smart Tow controls that aids in creating specific waves for wakesurfing, wakeboarding, and other tow sports. […]