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Hunter Bland and Conner Young of the University of Florida Bass Fishing team were ejected from their bass boat at speed during a Collegiate tournament in January 2017.

A steering system failure caused the boat to abruptly turn to the right. Hunter was operating the boat and had the kill switch lanyard attached. Both young men were wearing life jackets.

Today, July 10, 2017 the National Safe Boating Council (NSBC) released a great kill switch Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring Hunter Bland.

Kill Switch PSA: NSBC & Hunter Bland

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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.

MOB+ image from Fell Marine web site

MOB+ image from Fell Marine web site

We commend Fell Marine for exhibiting their new wireless kill switch at the Classic. The Bassmaster Classic is a tremendous family friendly free event. Catch as much of it as you can and drop by Fell Marine’s booth at the Expo. If you can’t make it there, you can watch some of it online at

Earlier we created and posted maps of the Bassmaster Classic sites in Houston and Lake Conroe attendees will find useful.

Below is a portion of Fell Marine’s press release:

Fell Marine logo

Fell Marine logo

The most exciting bass fishing event and the most innovative boat safety product come together next week at the 47th annual Bassmaster Classic. FELL Marine will be showcasing their wireless engine kill switch, the MOB+ at the Classic EXPO. Attendees are encouraged to visit FELL Marine at Booth 417 to see the future of marine kill switches. The FELL Marine Team will be on hand to talk about boat safety, explain how the MOB+ works and show how easy the MOB+ can be installed into your boat with all engine configurations. The MOB+ will be available for purchase, and attendees can register at FELL’s booth to win one of several MOB+ Basepacks they will be giving away during the event.

What is the MOB+? A wireless engine kill switch that installs with ease into your boat and can replace or work in tandem with a boat’s current manual kill switch. In order to get people to wear safety devices without compromising their style, look, and comfort, great design is imperative. But behind great design lies great technology. The MOB+ uses the proprietary WiMEA Protocol developed by FELL Marine. With its lightning-fast reaction time, 4D Antenna Diversity and AutoMOB features, it is like no other wireless protocol out there. By using state-of-the-art electronics and UniqueID technology, the MOB+ does not interfere with existing systems in the boat and will not be affected by other adjacent wireless systems. AutoMOB stops the engine automatically if the pilot falls over board and allows remaining passengers to restart the engine after 6 seconds to pick up the person in the water. The system can be universally installed in all boats with all engine configurations with simple plug-and-play connections.

The Bassmaster Classic is an event like no other in the industry, which features 52 of the world’s best bass anglers competing for more than $1 million on Lake Conroe, about an hour outside of Houston, Texas. The on the water event is complimented by the EXPO at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Arguably the largest event of its kind in the country, which exhibits the latest in bass fishing equipment and outdoor gear.

The FELL Marine Team looks forward to meeting as many attendees as possible and introducing the MOB+ to the bass fishing community.

Bassmaster Classic EXPO Hours
FRI, March 24, 2017 12 PM – 8 PM CT
SAT, March 25, 2017 10 AM – 7 PM CT
SUN, March 26, 2017 10 AM – 4 PM CT

About FELL Marine Inc.
FELL Marine Inc. ( is a subsidiary of FELL Group AS. FELL Group AS is incorporated in Norway, and its principal subsidiary is located in the US. FELL, FELL Marine, WiMEA, AutoMOB and UniqueID are trademarks of FELL AS and/or its subsidiaries.

Representatives from marinas, boat manufacturers and marine stores are invited to stop by and talk to the FELL Marine team to be added to their growing dealer network.

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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 paths to achieve the objective.

Flip In Design Chart

Flip In Design Chart

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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 several boats run by them to their left. Bland and Young are running about 57 mph, the boat’s hydraulic steering is thought to have malfunctioned, the large outboard motor fliped all the way to the side and the boat swerved hard right. They were both ejected.

The accident was captured by an onboard GoPro camera providing the first ever bass boat ejection video we are aware of. The video is remarkably stable, in high resolution, and even provides a slow motion view. Fittingly, it opens with a scripture.

Ejected from bass boat

Ejected from bass boat

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Outboard can strike submerged object, break off, and flip into the boat warning

Outboard can strike submerged object, break off, and flip into the boat warning

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 is that per Mr. Haddon, by 1970 The United States and most developed nations had made significant progress against “living environmental hazards” (medical issues caused by living organisms such as germs, bacteria, etc.). However, similar progress had not been made against “non-living hazards” (accidents leading to injury or death).

The field of Medicine had many strategies and processes by which to attack emerging problems causes by living organisms (such as the Zika virus in current times). While science may not immediately defeat the Zika virus, the basic processes and methods to use to begin to develop a means to combat such a threat are well known.

That same basic structure of processes by which to develop a means to combat an emerging health risk caused by a living organism did not exist to combat a health risk caused by a non-living structure (such as some new type of accident that injures or kills humans).

In his paper, Haddon tried to bring structure to the process of mitigating or eliminating accidents resulting from the sudden release of energy.

In order to better marshal resources against these “non-living hazards”, William Haddon, Jr. suggested that many of them result from “the transfer of energy in such ways and amounts,and at such rapid rates, that inanimate or animate structures are damaged. (Like a bass boat outboard motor striking a submerged object, breaking off, flipping into the boat, and striking those on board with its still rotating propeller). Haddon goes on identify some harmful “non-living hazards” that interact with people and property as: hurricanes, earthquakes, projectiles (like an outboard motor), moving vehicles (like a boat), ionizing radiation, lightning, conflagrations, and notes the cuts and bruises of daily life illustrate our interaction with the rapid transfer of energy.

The paper’s title derives from one example of the quick release energy, the release of tigers. Read More→

Evinrude operators manual warning for outboard may break off and enter boat after striking submerged objects.

Evinrude operators manual warning for outboard may break off and enter boat after striking submerged objects.

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 manuals online.

Some manufacturers sell the manuals at price point preventing many from ordering them. Bombardier does sell the manuals if you want a paper copy, but they also make them available online. Those who may have lost the manual or purchased a used boat without the manual, have free access to the outboard manuals.

We encourage all boat and marine drive manufacturers to make their operators manuals available online in the interest of boating safety. Read More→

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.

Flip In Design Chart

Flip In Design Chart

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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 speed based on the horsepower of the outboard. Testing tends to start at a lower speed, then build up to the maximum speed selected for the test. Some manufacturers conduct more that one test at the maximum speed tested.

In general, the outboard must still be operational (run) after the test, the cowl is to remain attached, and the outboard is to be capable of at least limping back to shore (capable of some steering and of some trim). The outboard is to have no major oil leaks. At least one manufacturer say no parts of the outboard are to enter the vessel during the testing.

Focusing our discussion on larger outboards, especially those targeting tournament bass boat applications, most manufacturers impact test them at maximum speeds of the nature of 30 to 40 mph.

The problem is tournament bass boats tend to run 70 mph or faster. Read More→

Edwin Evers celebrating winning Bassmaster Classic 2016 Mercury Marine image

Edwin Evers celebrating winning Bassmaster Classic 2016
Mercury Marine image

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 win and about him using their Mercury 250 Pro XS outboard motor.

We congratulate Mercury on being on the winner’s boat.

While at the tournament we noted the presence of technical support crews and trucks from various manufacturers associated with the event, including Mercury.

Near the end of the press release, Mercury tells of the reliability of their outboard and of the contribution made by their tech support crew when Edwin Evers struck a log on day 2 (Saturday).

Mercury Marine
portion of Press Release
8 March 2016

Evers leans on dependability, service crew

Evers wouldn’t have been in position for a Sunday comeback without the reliability of his 250 ProXS (and the on-site Mercury service crew) on Saturday. Making the run back to the check-in point at the end of the day, Evers struck a log while on pad, severely damaging his propeller and causing a wicked vibration in his lower unit. Evers managed to continue motoring back to Wolf Creek in time to check in, and turned his boat over to Mercury’s on-site service crew for emergency repairs.
“That lower unit held together for 30 miles at 60 miles per hour,” Evers said. “The vibration from the damaged prop was just crazy – I was a nervous wreck, but I didn’t have any other choice but to keep going. I wouldn’t have had a chance to win the Classic without the durability of my 250 ProXS.”

Below is a photo we took of Mercury’s support truck while we were at the event.

Mercury Marine fishing tournament support trailer at Bassmaster Classic 2016 on Grand Lake.

Mercury Marine fishing tournament support trailer at Bassmaster Classic 2016 on Grand Lake.

As in our Day 2 photo below, we saw Mercury, Yamaha, Evinrude, and Suzuki outboards at the Classic. While not true in this particular photo, Mercury powered more boats than all the other manufacturers combined.

2016 Bassmaster Classic Day 2. Outboards at the dock before blastoff.

2016 Bassmaster Classic Day 2. Outboards at the dock before blastoff.

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Bassmaster recently announced Houston, Texas will be the site for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.

The event will be held later than normal on March 24-27, 2017 on Lake Conroe.

Weigh-in will be at Minute Maid Park and the 2017 Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo will be held in George R. Brown Convention Center.

Minute Maid Park, the baseball park home to the Houston Astros, was previously known as The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astro Field.

George R. Brown Convention Center is a large convention center near Minute Maid Park.

To view a satellite version of the Google map of Houston above, click on the icon near the left of the gray bar above the map, then look down and to the left for an icon to toggle between road and satellite view. When the satellite view comes up, click over on the main body of the map and the left menu bar will disappear. Or, we have a satellite map from another provider below.

A satellite version of the map above by another provider is below. We hope you enjoy our maps of the 2017 Bassmaster Classic to be held in Houston Texas on Lake Conroe.

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