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In March 2012 Yamaha announced a new stainless steel propeller guard for outboards on flood rescue boats in the UK and made several statements about how great it was, how well it performed, and even how prop guards were necessary when people were in the water near the boat. About October we became aware of Yamaha’s new propeller guard. In mid October we began posting

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Most college students in engineering and design take one or more design project classes, often a Senior Capstone Design Projects Class, in which they work individually or as teams to develop solutions to problems. We are trying to tap this resource and encourage students to consider selecting design projects related to propeller safety. More student design projects would help grow the body of knowledge available

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U.S. Coast Guard’s National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) held their 97th meeting in Arlington Virginia Thursday 23 March – Saturday 25 March 2017. The meeting was held in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Ballston in Arlington. The meeting room was setup with tables forming a horseshoe at the front of the room, with the open end of the horseshoe facing the public

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U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 2 of our coverage. Thursday Early Afternoon 25 March 2017. Subcommittee Meetings Much of the work of NBSAC occurs in the three subcommittees: 1. Boats & Associated Equipment Subcommittee 2. Prevention Through People Subcommittee 3. Strategic Planning Subcommittee Each Subcommittee presented some topics Thursday afternoon. Boats &

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U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 3 of our coverage. Thursday Late Afternoon 25 March 2017. Boats & Associated Equipment Subcommittee continued Recent Propeller Injuries & Discussion of Potential Mitigation Strategies by Phil Cappel Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety and Brian Goodwin of ABYC (John Adey of ABYC was previously listed in

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U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 4 of our coverage. Friday 25 March 2017. Prevention Through People Subcommittee Rich Jepson opened the Prevention Though People segment. He expressed his thanks to Jeff Ludwig, Jeff Hoedt, and Captain Boross. Streamlining On-Water Instructor Licensing by Rich Jepson He presented and there was an engaging conversation

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U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) 87th meeting in Arlington Virginia March 23-25, 2017. Part 5 of our coverage. Saturday 26 March 2017. The last day is typically reserved for the three subcommittees (Boats and Boat Equipment, Prevention Through People, and Strategic Planning) presenting resolutions, the discussion and formalization of those resolutions, and voting on them. With no resolutions this year, beyond

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This report is of a near miss propeller propeller accident that could have been avoided if the operator had been wearing a kill switch per Canadian authorities. It also points out the dangers of hypothermia while boating in cold waters that were stressed in the recent NBSAC meeting. Thursday night, 23 March 2017, a family of four were boating on Cowichan Bay off Vancouver Island,

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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. 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

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On Monday, 6 March 2017, Matthew Meinert, 38 of Trophy Club Texas, and his two year old son, Oliver, went fishing in Denton Creek near Lake Grapevine in the Fort Worth – Dallas Texas area. Matthew Meinert was last seen Monday near Lake Grapevine. Matthew and Oliver launched their boat about 5 pm Monday from Tropy Club boat ramp. Between 5 and 6 pm Monday

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The U.S. Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) will be holding its 97th meeting on March 23-25, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Their March 2, 2018 notice in the Federal Register invited public comments, due by March 6th if they were to be distributed in advance to NBSAC members. We submitted a pubic comment, our recent Propeller Safety dot com post on our updated

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Back on May 5, 2016, three year old Aiden McKitrick fell from the front of a pontoon boat and was entrapped on the propeller. We posted coverage of his accident at that time. Now (early March 2017) about ten months after Aiden’s accident on Lake Ray Hubbard in Texas, his mother is speaking out with a warning to parents. WFAA (ABC channel 8 of Dallas,

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