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MagBlade Safety Propeller awarded U.S. Patent

The MagBlade safety propeller that came on the scene a half a dozen years ago in South Africa, has been acquired by MagBlade Limited based in Hong Kong. U.S. Patent 9,909,600 was issued to Russel Iwan Hawkins, one of the individuals in South Africa we spoke to a few years ago, on 6 March 2018 […]

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MOB + Wireless Cut-Off Switch from Fell Marine

Fell Marine will be showing MOB+, their wireless kill switch at the Miami International Boat Show this week per their 8 February 2017 press release. They will be in the Fugawi Software booth and have two center console boats on the water in Mag Bay Yachts slips. MOB is a popular nautical abbreviation for Man […]

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Mercury Marine updates MP Alert (Moving Propeller Alert)

Back in November 2011 we covered Mercury Marine’s Moving Propeller Alert. It displays LED lights to swimmers behind the vessel when the engine is running. Those same LED lights blink in a rotational pattern when the engine is on and the propeller is rotating. The propeller safety device was originally limited to boats with Mercury’s […]

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The Leash : tether prevents outboard motors from flipping into boats

When an outboard motor strikes a submerged object at speed it may break off and flip into the boat. Outboards that flip into the boat usually do so with the engine still running and the propeller turning at thousands of RPM. Those on board can be critically injured or killed. We have long been especially […]

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Volvo Penta FWD Forward Drive: safer or not?

Volvo Penta unveiled their new FWD Forward drive at the Miami Boat Show on 11 February 2015. It is a companion to their successful IPS forward facing diesel twin prop through hull drive (similar to the Brunswick / Mercury Marine Zeus drive). The new FWD drive bolts to the transom like a stern drive, but […]

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Brunswick / Mercury Marine Moving Propeller Alert patent issued

We covered Brunswick / Mercury Marine’s Moving Propeller Alert back in November 2011. We followed that post up with a call for inventors and college project classes to consider trying design a free standing, energy harvesting, self powered version that did not require the use of the expensive underlying Smart Craft bus system. Now, about […]

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Foot Throttles: Boat Propeller Safety Devices

Many may not even be aware of foot throttles for boats, let alone their role as a propeller safety device. Foot throttles are connected to the engine by a cable similar to the current hand throttle/shifters. It usually takes a longer cable to reach further forward to the foot throttle. Some DIY installers are leaving […]

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Propeller Solutions Prop Deflector: August 2013 Update

We heard from our friends at Propeller Solutions in the UK last Friday (August 2, 2013). They are continuing to improve their vane / vein type guard called the Prop Deflector. Propeller Solutions Facebook Page links to some of their recent test data and photos on Dropbox. They also recently announced a new website specifically […]

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Propeller Solutions Launches Nylon Coated Stainless Steel Propeller Guards

Yamaha Offers Propeller Guards on UK Pro Outboards

A 21 May, 2012 Yamaha UK press release titled “Professional and Commercial Users Now Powered by Yamaha in the UK” includes Yamaha’s small outboards for swift water applications. Among the small outboard’s accessories are “a new design of propeller guard, shaped to give greatest strength, with minimum water-flow disturbance to the propeller giving maximum performance […]

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