Archive for October 2014

USCG NBSAC 92: Our Public Comments

The U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) will be holding its 92nd meeting on November 6th-8th, 2014 in Arlington, Virgina. Nonprofit Grant Comments For the first time ever, they invited public comments about non-profit grant interest areas before the meeting. Each year the Coast Guard awards nonprofits a tidy some of money […]

Angelopoulos v. Volvo Penta, Grady-White et. al.

Konstaninos Angelopoulos filed a $30 million lawsuit against Volvo Penta, Grady-White, Norfolk Marine Company, and Richard Harris (boat owner and operator). The suit is for injuries his daughter, A.E. Angelopoulos, received in a boat propeller accident back on 30 June 2011. Then 12, she was entrapped by the Duoprop twin contra-rotating propeller stern drive on […]

Post Sale monitoring boats for safety hazards: Introduction to our coverage

This series of posts discusses the duty of boat manufacturers, marine drive manufacturers, and other boating product manufacturers to monitor their products after sale to identify potential safety issues. Manufacturers are legally required to warn boaters (customers) of significant risks discovered after sale. These posts are NOT professional legal advice. They were written to stimulate […]

Moral Responsibility to Monitor Products Post Sale: Boating Industry

Manufacturers are morally responsible for monitoring post sale accidents of their products and warning customers of those risks when they become significant. Some manufacturers claim their monitoring costs (dollars and manpower) would exceed any possible benefits received by monitoring, and others claim it is to costly or impossible to identify or communicate with users of […]

How to Post Sale Monitor Boating Product Accidents / Risks / Performance

Many opportunities exist for manufacturers of boating products to monitor their products after sale for previously unknown safety issues, risk, and hazards. The legal, regulatory, and moral obligations to monitor boating products post sale / post market / conduct post sale surveillance and vigilance are detailed in two previous posts. This series of posts is […]

Full access to BARD is CRITICAL for monitoring product safety after sale

Before anyone gets caught up in the title and thinks we are asking for full access to private information in BARD, please put that to rest. We are not calling for access to Personally Identifying Information (PII). We are calling for access to accidents that are hidden from view. This post is part of a […]

Snorkeler Struck by Midnight Express boat propeller: Florida

Three men in a small boat were about a mile and a half off Haulover Inlet / Haulover Marina (Florida) to snorkel October 17, 2014. Two of the men were in the water snorkeling in the early afternoon. At least one of the three men saw and approaching boat and urged those in the water […]

Post Sale Duty to Monitor Product Risks / Accidents: Boating Industry

Manufacturers can be responsible for tracking post sale accidents worldwide such as this very high profile U.K. accident in which two were killed and two were critically injured. Boat builders, marine drive manufacturers, and other boating industry manufacturers have a duty to design, manufacture, and sell safe products. However, it does not end there. A […]