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2018 Bassmaster Classic won by Jordan Lee, Yamaha, & Ranger

Congratulations to Bassmaster for once again putting on a great event, this time on Lake Hartwood, South Carolina March 16-18, 2018. We salute all the contestants and their families, especially Jordan Lee of Grant Alabama for becoming a two time, back to back winner of the Classic, and to Ranger boats, Yamaha outboards, and Carhartt […]

Fell Marine to show MOB+ wireless kill switch at Bassmaster Classic

Fell Marine will be showing their new wireless lanyard, the MOB+ at the Bassmaster Classic in Houston March 24-26, 2017. We previously covered the MOB+ at MOB+ wireless lanyard from Fell Marine. We commend Fell Marine for exhibiting their new wireless kill switch at the Classic. The Bassmaster Classic is a tremendous family friendly free […]

Ejected from bass boat: kill switch saves them on VIDEO

Hunter Bland and Conner Young are members of the University of Florida Bass Fishing Team. Saturday January 14, 2017 Bland and Conner were fishing in the FLW bass tournament on Lake Seminole along Georgia’s border with Florida. It looks like the accident may have occurred shortly after blastoff as they are following a wake and […]

On The Escape of Tigers: Haddon & Bass Boat Propeller Safety

In 1970, William Haddon, Jr. a well known safety expert published a ground breaking safety article:   On The Escape of Tigers: an Ecological Note. by William Haddon, Jr. American Journal of Public Health. December 1970. Vol.60. No.12. Pages 2229-2234. The the article has since been widely republished and reprinted. The thesis of the article […]

Warnings for outboard motor can flip into boat

Bombardier and Mercury Marine outboard operators manuals have long warned parts of or all of an outboard motor may enter the boat after striking a submerged object. An example from the 2012 250 horsepower Evinrude E-tec manual is shown at right. A big thanks to Bombardier Recreational Products & Vehicles (BRP) for putting their operators […]

Design Chart for Preventing Outboard Motors From Entering Boats

We charted the the Design Flow Process designing outboard motors in a manner that prevents them from entering the boat after striking submerged objects. The chart was designed specifically with tournament bass boat outboard motors in mind. The chart has since been updated since it was originally posted. The most recent version is below.

Bass boat outboard motors should be fail-safe impact tested

Most major outboard manufacturers conduct a log strike test on new outboard models to prove durability. Manufacturers either test them on the water by actually running over a log of a given type, diameter, and length, or on a test stand they think simulates on water testing. These impact tests are typically conducted at a […]

Mercury 250 Pro XS Outboard Powers 2016 Bassmaster Classic Winner

We were privileged to attend the 2016 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake with the weigh-ins in Tulsa, Oklahoma on March 4-6, 2016. Edwin Evers, a local professional bass fisherman came from behind on day 3 to win the tournament. We just noticed Mercury issued a press release back on 8 March 2016 about the Evers […]

Vermeer OPS: supplemental kill switch technology

Kill switch preventable accident after kill switch preventable accident is stacking up this summer. It is long past time for the industry to investigate alternative methods to prevent Circle of Death accidents. Outboard powered recreational boats from which an operator has been ejected, circle repeatedly striking those in the water. This post opens with a […]

Updated Outboard Motor broke off & flipped into boat lists

We updated our Outboard Motor Struck Submerged Object and Flipped Into Boat list today (2 May 2016). We still have many more to add to the list above plus the 2015 U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD) will be out with more soon as well. We also updated our list of Bass Boat […]