This design project is a self contained, self powered, warning module that lights or blinks LED lights off the stern when the outboard or stern drive engine is running to warn people in the water to stay out of the propeller danger area.
Earlier today (30 November 2011) we posted coverage of Mercury Marine’s new Moving Propeller Alert System that plugs into their CAN-bus SmartCraft system to alert those in the water the drive is running in neutral, or the propeller is turning. When we saw retrofit costs for parts alone were $315.68 per drive we started thinking about a more economical, self contained module that could work for single or multiple drives.
We propose further design by students as Senior Design Projects, Sr. Thesis, Industrial Design, and Capstone projects of a rugged, economical, self contained version of Mercury’s Moving Propeller Alert System that could monitor one or more engines/drives from a single module and offer suggestions for same. Read More→