Archive for January 2016

Barhanovich case: Suzuki released, Bean appeals

The fatal propeller accident in which Mark Barhanovich’s boat allegedly struck a dredge pipe and the Suzuki outboard motor broke off, flipped into the boat and struck him with the propeller has resulted in perhaps the most complicated propeller accident case ever with no end in sight. Mr. Barhanovich was a cherished, well known citizen […]

Boat Propulsion Impact Relief System: University of Cincinnati thesis

A few months back we came across a 2015 thesis targeting preventing outboard motors and stern drives from breaking off and flipping into boats when striking submerged objects: Boat Propulsion Impact Relief System Baccalaureate thesis College of Engineering and Applied Science University of Cincinnati Mechanical Engineering Technology Jared Frizzi 30 April 2015 We congratulate Mr. […]

Moreno vs. Ross Island Sand & Gravel trial: jury decision

Back on 29 September 2011, Mike Moreno, a professional bass angler, and his stepson, Jared Mitchell were prefishing the California Bass Federation State Championship tournament The were rolling along in a Ranger bass boat powered by a 250 horsepower Mercury outboard motor. About 8 am they struck a dredge pipe on the San Joaquin River […]

Angelopooulos v. Volvo Penta, Grady-White, et al: in Pre Trial Conference

A young girl, by the last name of Angelopoulos, then 12 or 13, was entrapped in Volvo DuoProp stern drive propeller on 30 June 2011 in Chesapeake Bay near Lynnhaven Pier in Virginina Beach. The vessel was a 24 foot 2000 Grady-White Sailfish. The young girl was reboarding the boat after tubing. It took about […]

Pontoon rental boat safety training bill signed in New Jersey

“Christopher’s Law”, named for Christopher D’Amico from Mount Arlington, New Jersey was signed into New Jersey law on Tuesday 19 January 2016. Ten year old Christopher was fatally struck by a 20 foot rental pontoon boat on Lake Hopatcong 24 June 2015. While details are a little sketchy, it looks like young Christopher probably fell […]

Denique Peace, 16, struck by propeller December 2014: a followup

Denique Peace, now 16, was struck by a boat propeller while wake boarding back on 12 December 2014 on the Murray River in Australia. The young girl aspiring to be a dancer lost her left leg just below the hip. 19 January 2016, about a year after the accident,Daily Mail, a well known U.K. media […]

Nichols Marine Tournament Series Championship Grand Lake September 2015

I attended day one of the 19-20 September 2015 Nichols Marine Tournament Series Championship bass tournament at Wolf Creek boat ramp on Grand Lake. This was a chance to see the Wolf Creek ramp facilities in action during a large tournament (195 boats) prior to the Bassmaster Classic in March 2016 as well as to […]

Bassmaster Classic 2016 Grand Lake / Wolf Creek boat ramp facilities preview

This is part of our advance coverage of the 2016 Bassmaster Classic fishing tournament to be held on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake. With the tournament coming back to Grand Lake (was here in 2013) we decided to take an early look at the facilities layout back in May 2015. I arrived on site at Wolf Creek […]

Bass Tournament industry to be covered by

We will be using this new category to cover bass tournament fishing from the aspect of safety methods, procedures, products, technologies, innovations and other topics relevant to boating safety and how things learned from this field might improve the safety of normal boaters. Somewhat like how race car safety has led to safety innovations in […]

Sri Shim killed by boat propeller in Hawaii, Trey Albrecht injured

Sri Shim, 59 of Kailua, and his stepson, Trey Albrecht, 25, were free diving from their kayak that was anchored about 300 yards off Lanikai Beach, Hawaii on Saturday 9 January 2016. The small beach is very beautiful and well known. Lanikai is a community in the town of Kailua on the south eastern side […]