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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 […]

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 […]

Bass Boat Outboard Motors Struck Submerged Object, Flipped into Boat: a List

Back in February 2012 we developed a list of outboard motors striking submerged objects, breaking off, and flipping into boats. We instantly noted a large percentage of these accidents involve bass boats with high horsepower outboard motors. We have since identified 21 occurring since February 2012, plus several earlier ones. Many of the accidents we […]

Foot Throttles: Boat Propeller Safety Devices

Many may not even be aware of foot throttles for boats, let alone their role as a propeller safety device. Foot throttles are connected to the engine by a cable similar to the current hand throttle/shifters. It usually takes a longer cable to reach further forward to the foot throttle. Some DIY installers are leaving […]

Our List of Outboard Motors Flipping Into Boats Was Updated Today

Several recent boat accidents in which outboard motors strike submerged objects and flip into boats, often with the propeller still turning have caused us to update our previous post listing these types of accidents. The spreadsheet on Outboard Motor Struck Submerged Object and Flipped Into Boat was updated today (22 May 2013) to include a […]