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 continue to identify are bass boats in which either the outboard motor swivel bracket broke, or the jack plate failed to retain the drive and the outboard jumped into / entered the boat.
Three of these accidents involving bass boats occurred within a 30 day period spanning April and May 2014
To better call attention to this issue we created a list of outboard motors of 150 or more horsepower that have flipped /jumped into boats since 1999. Much more information on each of these accidents is available from the full list of accidents linked to above.
As we mentioned on the list of outboard of all sizes jumping in, this is only a partial list of accidents. Many accidents are not reported and many states refuse to make their accident reports public in the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Accident Report Database (BARD).
Several of these bass boat accidents occurred during tournaments or pre-fishing for tournaments, and some involve well known bass fishing professionals (bass pros).
If anybody is aware of a bass boat outboard motor breaking loose and entering the boat not listed above, please send us a note using the “Contact Us” tab above or the Comments box below.
We encourage outboard manufacturers and bass boat builders to address this problem. We previously furnished an extensive 70 plus page pdf document outlining many ways in which these accidents could be prevented or mitigated titled:
Our Indepth Coverage of Bass Boat Outboard Flipped In Accidents
We previously provided in-depth coverage of some of these accidents.
If you are interested in learning more about outboards flipping into boats, several of our posts on the topic can be seen at Outboard Flipped into Boat.