Archive for October 2012

Boat Propeller Accident Statistics / BARD Database: Historical Calls for Improving Completeness, Accuracy, and Ease of Use

Many have called for improving the completeness, accuracy, and ease of use of the records surrounding boat propeller accidents. Those seeking to prevent or mitigate propeller accidents are generally forced to rely upon the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Annual Boating Statistics report for propeller accident frequency data. For example, we covered the release of the […]

Yamaha Motor UK Pro says “a propeller guard is essential to reduce the risk of injury”

A March 28, 2012 Yamaha Motor UK press release from their new Pro division showcases recent deliveries of flood rescue boats to Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue. Yamaha’s new Pro division specializes in products for professional users, emergency crews, and the military. (As noted at the end of this post, Yamaha has since removed all online […]

Propeller Solutions Launches Nylon Coated Stainless Steel Propeller Guards

Yamaha Offers Propeller Guards on UK Pro Outboards

A 21 May, 2012 Yamaha UK press release titled “Professional and Commercial Users Now Powered by Yamaha in the UK” includes Yamaha’s small outboards for swift water applications. Among the small outboard’s accessories are “a new design of propeller guard, shaped to give greatest strength, with minimum water-flow disturbance to the propeller giving maximum performance […]

PowerTech! Safety Prop wins IBEX 2012 Innovation Award

PowerTech!’s Safety Prop won the Propulsion Parts, Propellers BWI (Boat Writers) IBEX (International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference) Innovation Award on October 2, 2012. In an October 4, 2012 International Boating Industry piece covering the innovation awards, Steve Powers of PowerTech Propellers said the Safety Prop propeller has round-bladed edges that “tend to minimize the possibility […]

Updated list of Dredge Pipe Strikes and Updated List of Houseboat Propeller Accidents

With the U.S. Coast Guard’s recent release of the public Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) for 2011 we spent some time updating our list of boats striking dredge pipes in response to the recent Mark Barhanovich fatality. Dredge pipe strikes are a rising concern with the Laass vs. Storm Lake case (death of David Paul […]

Jordan McKelvey vs. State Dock Marina Rentals, et al. (including Sunstar Houseboats)

State Dock rented a Sunstar houseboat (Admiral 70) to James Gibson and others on Lake Cumberland on August 11, 2011. Jordan McKelvey of Ferndale Michigan was along on this houseboat. The rental was one day before the now annual Lake Cumberland “Raft-Up” event. Boats were gathering in the Shinbone area for the event the following […]