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Hank Cherry, Mercury, & Bass Cat win 2021 Bassmaster Classic

Congratulations to Hank Cherry for winning the Bassmaster Classic Sunday 13 June 2021. The Classic was delayed this year due to the virus. Hank is actually a repeat back to back winner as he won in 2020. The tournament was on Lake Ray Roberts with the Weigh In in Fort Worth. The Classic Confetti photo […]

Feasel propeller case heard by Utah Supreme Court

On June 30, 2012 Mr Feasel and Mr Martinez were fishing. They were in a Tracker bass boat powered by a Mercury Marine outboard motor on a Utah reservoir. The boat swerved and both men were ejected. The unmanned boat circled in the Circle of Death. Mr. Feasel, the passenger, was repeatedly struck the propeller. […]

Kill Switch regulation Coast Guard News Release

Kill Switch Regulation Details announced by U.S. Coast Guard today, 10 March 2021. USCG News Release News Release U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Contact: Headquarters Public Affairs Headquarters online newsroom U.S. Coast Guard Announces New Law Requiring Use of Engine Cut-off Switches WASHINGTON – Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be […]

Analyzing Boat Acceleration & Boat Coast Down Data

This paper develops a new mathematical model for how boats accelerate during a high speed test run. The process divides a top speed run into two segments, namely a displacement segment and a planing segment. The equation only requires three coefficients for each segment. Each coefficient is independent of the others. Additionally, each coefficient has […]

FLIR receives Virtual Propeller Guard Patent

FLIR was awarded U.S. Patent 10,931,934 for Watercraft Thermal Monitoring System and Methods on 23 February 2021. This patent teaches the use of one or more imaging modules on the vessel scanning one of more areas around the vessel using thermal or non thermal imaging to detect people, debris, or docks in the water near […]

Fell Marine wins Sea Tow National Boating Industry Safety Award

Fell Marine, manufacturer of the MOB+ wireless lanyard kill switch, received the National Boating Industry Safety Award sponsored by Sea Tow Foundation in the Top Gear & Equipment Manufacturer category for 2020. PropellerSafety would like to thank Sea Tow for sponsoring these awards and especially for recognizing the impact a for profit firm, such as […]

OSCAR detects floating debris: avoid log strikes

The origins of OSCAR, a collision avoidance system for boats from Austria, unfolded when Raphael Biancale, a European automotive engineer and founder of the BSB Group, was returning from a 6 month sailing trip in 2013. He searched for ways a sailor could safely navigate at night. His work on intelligent systems for automobiles led […]

Sarasota Youth Sailing: Ethan Isaacs accident UPDATE1

We previously covered the 21 November 2020 Sarasota Youth Sailing (Florida) propeller accident that claimed the life of ten year old Ethan Isaacs. Recent events led us to publishing this update on the Ethan Isaacs accident. Event 1 – Isaacs family files lawsuit A wrongful death suit was filed 28 December 2020 in behalf of […]

Design Chart to prevent outboard motors from flipping into boats – UPDATED Feb 2021

We updated our Design Chart to Prevent Outboard Motors From Entering / Flipping Into The Boat After Striking Submerged Objects today (3 February 2021). Primary additions include: Auto detection of floating or submerged hazards using sonar, radar, infrared, fish finders, depth finders, lasers, computer vision and other technologies combined with the potential to automatically take […]

Brunswick launches BoatClass on water training

Brunswick Corporation announced their new BoatClass on water boating training program to assist boaters in gaining confidence on the water and to teach proper boating safety practices. Brenna Preisser, Brunswick Corporation President – Business Acceleration & Chief People and Strategy Officer said, “Safety is the number one priority for all boaters on the water and […]