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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. […]

WSF / WSIA silent kill switch PSA

Water Sports Foundation, Inc. (WSF), a division of the Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA) created a Public Service Announcement (PSA) video encouraging boat operators to connect their kill switch lanyard. The video was created as part of a U.S. Coast Guard grant. While the video is shot in modern times and uses background music it […]

BARD Training Materials: an Index

A number of materials have been created as part of a package to assist boat builders in using the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) to Post Sale (after sale) monitor their boats for being involved in accidents. The hope is that boat builders will use that information to improve the safety of […]

BARD Training Videos for boat builders & others

Training videos / Tutorials on how to use the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) produced by Gary Polson of PropellerSafety.com / Polson Enterprises. We hope these videos encourage boating safety professionals and those developing boating safety related products to use the BARD database to better understand boating accidents and to optimize their […]

BARD Training Support Materials

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) training support materials provided by PropellerSafety.com. These materials will help you get the most out of our BARD training videos. Disclaimer This is not professional advice. All materials provided here are for educational purposes. BARD Worksheets Two items that can specifically assist boat builders in applying our […]

BARD database search strategies for boat builders paper

U.S. Coast Guard Boat Accident Report Database (BARD) search strategies and methods for boat builders are presented in a paper by Gary Polson of PropellerSafety.com / Polson Enterprises. We produced a series of videos in an attempt to expose members of the boating industry to the BARD database. We particularly encourage boat builders to use […]

BARD: Boat Manufacturer Post Sale Safety Monitoring chart

The U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) should be a central component of boat builder / boat manufacturer efforts to monitor the safety of their boats post sale (after sale / in use by customers). Similarly, marine drive manufacturers can monitor BARD for potential safety issues involving marine drives. Post Sale Monitoring is […]

Media Coverage of our BARD Training Materials

We will be announcing the release of our package of BARD training materials on several outlets and encouraging them to spread the word as well. We will be keeping track of some of those announcements below. Our Basic Announcement PropellerSafey.com announces the release of a series of nine training videos on use of the U.S. […]

Our 501st post

Thought we would take a moment to recognize this is our 501st post since we converted our site to a blog format back on 20 June 2011. Number 500 was published yesterday. Today is 11 July 2020. Over that same time we have had well over half a million visits. While 500 posts is a […]