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Kickup bracket with jack plate patent application

David Vance Jr. filed a patent application for a jack plate integrated with a kickup bracket. The kickup portion of the assembly is chained prevent over rotation of the outboard when a submerged object is struck. The patent application was published 22 November 2018. Mr. Vance, the inventor, says this design is for faster vessels […]

Design Chart to prevent outboards from flipping into boats – UPDATED

We updated our Design Chart to Prevent Outboard Motors From Entering / Flipping Into The Boat After Striking Submerged Objects today (23 October 2018). The primary addition was adding the option to Minimize the Hazard of the Outboard Entering the boat by killing the engine when the outboard breaks loose from the boat. The industry […]

Large Outboard Motor flipped into boat list updated

We updated our list of large outboard motors breaking off and flipping into boats on 7 October 2018 and are posting it today. We continue to see example after example of large outboard motors breaking off and flipping into boats. We encourage the boating industry to read our list of ways to prevent them. Outboard […]

The Leash patent application was published by USPTO

The Leash, a tether for large outboard motors, entered the market in early 2016. They especially focus on preventing bass boat outboard motors from entering the boat after striking a floating, submerged, or fixed object. Their patent application was filed 22 December 2015 and published 18 months later on 22 June 2017 by the U.S. […]

Brunswick follows our lead, patents active trim cylinder US Patent 9,290,252

In December 2013 we published a report, Approaches to Prevent Outboard Motors From Flipping Into Boats After Striking Floating or Submerged Objects in which we identified several ways to prevent outboard motors from breaking off and flipping into boats after striking submerged objects. One of those was was active trim control (see pages 33-34 of […]

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 […]

New Category – Outboard Motor Broke Off & Flipped Into Boat

Numerous previous posts concerned outboard motors striking submerged objects, breaking off, and flipping into boats, preventing or mitigating those accidents, log strike systems, accidents and legal trials involving such accidents and related topics. We will now be covering this topic in this category of the PropellerSafety blog. If anyone wonders why we are covering these […]