Archive for February 2015

This interesting legal case grew out of the 17 October 2014 boating accident in which a 1500 horsepower boat, M/V The Golden Rule, ran over a snorkeler and struck him with its propeller(s). The boat was a gold colored 43 foot Midnight Express powered by five 300 horsepower Mercury Verado outboard motors.

The snorkeler, Marc Craddock, has brought a suit against the vessel itself. In an interesting twist of events, he openly claims the accident happened in navigable waters to gain access to Admiralty Law. Then under Admiralty Law he is allowed (or purports to be allowed) to claim a maritime lien against the vessel for his injuries due to the negligent operations of the vessel.

The complaint was filed 3 November 2014. Read More→

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Volvo Penta FWD photo

Volvo Penta FWD photo

Volvo Penta unveiled their new FWD Forward drive at the Miami Boat Show on 11 February 2015. It is a companion to their successful IPS forward facing diesel twin prop through hull drive (similar to the Brunswick / Mercury Marine Zeus drive).

The new FWD drive bolts to the transom like a stern drive, but has twin forward facing propellers. Targeting towed sports, especially wake boarding and wake surfing, the drive features a wide range of trim that allows it to change the wake by changing the attitude of the boat. Currently that is done by large onboard water tanks pumping water in and out of an inboard powered boat to make the boat sit down in the water and make a larger wake.

Volvo Penta says the drive reduces noise and vibration, reduces onboard emission (exhaust pumped out through the propeller), and the forward facing props make the boat more suitable for swimming and fishing off the back of the boat. Read More→

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Victor Sanchez

Victor Sanchez

Seattle Mariner’s pitching prospect, Victor Sanchez, age 20, was struck in the head by a boat propeller on Friday February 13th 2015 in Venezuela.

UPDATE – Victor Sanchez remained in a coma after the accident and died 42 days later on Saturday 27 March 2015. – UPDATE

Last year Victor Sanchez played for the AA league Jackson Generals. He pitched for three years in the Seattle farm leagues.

Sanchez was struck by the boat propeller while he was swimming on the northern coast of Venezuela near Carupano.

Details are sketchy and most primary sources are in other languages. However, it is known that he suffered one of more skull fractures and swelling of the brain. Most recent reports are that he is still unconscious but has shown some movement of his hands and feet. The swelling of his brain is said to have since caused a stroke.

Sanchez is in critical condition in Polyclinic of Carupano. Specialists were said to be in transit from Caracas to treat him and he may be transferred to Caracas. Read More→