Archive for February 2017

NBSAC 95 on outboard motors breaking off and flipping into boats

The U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council met for its regularly scheduled NBSAC 95 meeting April 21-23, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Minutes of that meeting were posted in October 2016. We have spent considerable effort in recent years encouraging NBSAC to: Recognize outboard motors are breaking off and entering boats with their propellers […]

Design Chart for Preventing Outboard Motors From Entering Boats updated

Back in July 2016, we posted a chart for use in designing and testing outboard motors in a way to prevent them from breaking off and entering boats when striking submerged objects. Today we are posting an updated / enhanced version of that chart. The new chart specifically identifies three more potential design / testing […]

Open Letter to Fell Marine / Mob + wireless lanyard / kill switch

To: Fell Marine From: 15 February 2017 We were thrilled to see your entry into the wireless lanyard / kill switch market in the United States. We recently posted coverage of your MOB+ device after which I dropped you an email asking you contact us after the Miami International Boat Show in response to […]

USCG to Issue Debris Warning for San Francisco Bay 15 February 2017

We have been following the rising waters in California which the industry was first touting for the additional sales it would generate as many lakes had been down a while depressing marine sales there. Now as waters continue to rise, California faced/faces continuing issues at the Lake Oroville Lake spillway evacuation, and now the United […]

MOB + Wireless Cut-Off Switch from Fell Marine

Fell Marine will be showing MOB+, their wireless kill switch at the Miami International Boat Show this week per their 8 February 2017 press release. They will be in the Fugawi Software booth and have two center console boats on the water in Mag Bay Yachts slips. MOB is a popular nautical abbreviation for Man […]

Worst Boat Propeller Warning Ever: nausea category

Over the years we have seen many boat propeller warnings that were not as effective as they should have been for all kinds of reasons. Over the last 40 plus years I have looked at thousands of warnings on many kinds of equipment and none of them have ever made me sick. All that changed […]