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Propeller Guards: ABYC Marine Law Symposium

ABYC’s Marine Law Symposium 2018 was originally scheduled to be part of ABYC’s annual Standards Week in Charleston, South Carolina in January 2018. However, a major east coast snowstorm postponed the event until 10 April 2018. The theme of the topics selected was, “The Anatomy of an Accident”. The day long event featured sessions titled: […]

Clippard vs. Yamaha outboard flipped in propeller case settled

In May 2013 Timothy Clippard of Missouri was killed in a boating accident on Kentucky Lake during a bass fishing tournament. His fishing partner piloted the Ranger bass boat as they passed under a large bridge on the way back to weigh in. The 225 horsepower Yamaha outboard motor struck a barely submerged bridge support […]

$23 million Circle of Death propeller accident verdict upheld

Derek Hebert was on a Champion center console boat being operated by Daniel Vamvoras on 7 May 2005. They were between the Calcasieu River and Lake Charles County Club. The steering system failed and the boat began to spin (the Circle of Death). Derek Hebert was ejected, struck 19 times by the propeller, and died […]

Outboard Motor Log Strike Mode by Speed and Resistance to Impact Chart

When outboard motors strike submerged objects they can break off and flip into the boat as seen in our lists of outboard motors breaking off and flipping into boats and large outboard motors breaking off and flipping into bass boats. We previously posted information on several existing and proposed solutions, including The Leash, a vectran […]

Angelopooulos v. Volvo Penta, Grady-White, et al: in Pre Trial Conference

A young girl, by the last name of Angelopoulos, then 12 or 13, was entrapped in Volvo DuoProp stern drive propeller on 30 June 2011 in Chesapeake Bay near Lynnhaven Pier in Virginina Beach. The vessel was a 24 foot 2000 Grady-White Sailfish. The young girl was reboarding the boat after tubing. It took about […]

ABYC Consolidated Boat Warnings: a review

Back in May 2015, American Boat & Yacht Council, ABYC, released their consolidated boat warnings. ABYC grouped several warnings together for helm and transom warnings on specific types of boats. Earlier, we furnished a history of the development of ABYC’s consolidated warnings. The Importance and Timeliness of This Review Due to our specific interest in […]

ABYC Consolidated Boat Warnings: ANSI Z535.4 & ALL CAPS

We previously announced the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) consolidated boat warnings in our May 2015 post titled, ABYC Releases Consolidated Boat Warning Labels. As we review those labels, one feature of several labels stands out, the excessive use of ALL CAPS. As ABYC talks about the new labels, they repeatedly mention American National […]

Angelopoulos v. Volvo Penta, Grady-White et. al.

Konstaninos Angelopoulos filed a $30 million lawsuit against Volvo Penta, Grady-White, Norfolk Marine Company, and Richard Harris (boat owner and operator). The suit is for injuries his daughter, A.E. Angelopoulos, received in a boat propeller accident back on 30 June 2011. Then 12, she was entrapped by the Duoprop twin contra-rotating propeller stern drive on […]

Legal Aspects of Social Media & Boat Propeller Accidents: DJ Laz example

Social Media posts, photographs, and videos from Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube, and others are becoming increasingly important in accident cases (auto accidents, workplace accidents, etc.). This post will focus more specifically on the legal aspects of sharing and social network Social Media with respect to boat propeller accidents, and […]

Bass Boat Operators Ejected Overboard Underway in Open Water: A List

While bass boat operators have been being ejected /thrown out when underway in open water for decades, recent trends are contributing to the growing list of those ejected. Among these trends include: Availability & popularity of higher horsepower outboard motors Growth of the bass tournament industry Professional anglers wanting to get from one spot to […]