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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our List of Outboard Motors Flipping Into Boats Was Updated 2 June 2014

We updated list of boat accidents on our Outboard Motor Struck Submerged Object and Flipped Into Boat page today (2 June 2014). The updates included one 2002 accident, several 2013 accidents from the recently released USCG 2013 Public Boating Accident Report Database (BARD), and the recent Todd Iwamoto and Rex Chambers accidents. We also added […]

Rex Chambers accident: outboard motor flipped in: Wheeler Lake AL

Rex Chambers and his fishing partner, Danny Pettus / Daniel Pettus of Madison, Alabama, were participating in the Homeland Security bass fishing tournament on Wheeler Lake, at Decatur Alabama on Saturday May 3, 2014. The were running in the 50’s (mph) headed toward the main channel, headed to Mallard Creek, when they hit a partially […]

DJ Laz Boat Propeller Kills Ernesto Hernandez

Ernesto Hernandez Struck by Boat Propeller Ernesto Hernandez, 23 of Hialeah, was among several who came to help push a large boat off a sandbar near Key Biscayne Florida on Sunday afternoon 4 May 2014. During the process, somehow he ended up behind the stern of the boat powered by four 350 horsepower Yamaha outboard […]

Preventing Outboard Motors From Flipping into Boats

As part of our continued efforts to encourage the boating industry to address the boating safety hazard of boat outboard motors striking submerged objects and flipping into boats, we published a list of approaches, methods, and technologies used by others, or that appear potentially applicable to this problem. The paper itself is about a 10 […]

Preventing & Mitigating Injuries and Fatalities from Outboard Motors Flipping into Boats: Methods & Technologies Chart

As our list of outboard motors striking submerged objects and flipping into boats continues to grow, and we see no response, we thought we would provide a chart of methods and technologies that have been proposed to help prevent the problem, mitigate the injuries, and speed the recovery of survivors. We hope this chart will […]