Author Archive for Gary

The Leash Saves a Family From Outboard Motor

Sam M. and his pregnant wife were participating in a small bass tournament in Indiana in May 2024. They were in a Phoenix bass boat powered by a 200 horsepower Mercury Marine Pro XS outboard motor. While running down the lake, they struck a dredge pipe that was not there two days earlier during practice […]

USCG releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2023

The U.S. Coast Guard released their annual 2023 Recreational Boating Statistics report on 28 May 2024. Total number of accidents, injuries, and deaths were down significantly in 2023. 2023 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 3,844 accidents, 2,126 injuries, and 564 deaths. 2022 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,040 accidents, 2,222 injuries, and 636 […]

Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day inspires life jacket use

We created a series of Artificial Intelligence (AI) images to encourage boaters to wear life jackets. Several real and imaginary characters, as well as The Statue of Liberty were used. Several boats are in the images. New boaters or existing boaters not currently always wearing a life jacket are our intended audience for these AI […]

The Leash at the 2024 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake

We saw The Leash on several boats at the 2024 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Grove Oklahoma in March 2024. The photos below show The Leash in action at the Bassmaster Classic. Jamie Hartman Jamie Hartman was running The Leash on a Nitro Z21XL Pro powered by a Mercury outboard. He pulled out early […]

Justin Hamner Wins 2024 Bassmaster Classic

We attended the 2024 Bassmaster Classic on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma with the weigh-in and exhibition held in Tulsa. The opening day blast off was a bit cool and damp on Friday March 22nd, but the large crowd was in great spirits as the anglers paraded by us on their way out of the […]

Boating Safety Messages, Images, & Videos

We pulled a few basic boating safety materials together. We hope these images and videos will assist recreational boaters in becoming more prepared and to make safer choices. Very basic boating safety points include: Take a Boating Safety Course Wear a life jacket when you are on the water Always attach your kill switch lanyard […]

Updated our list of boats striking dredge pipes 2024

We updated our extensive List of Boats Striking Dredge Pipes on January 24, 2024. Our list is now four pages long and includes about 175 individual dredge pipe strikes and mentions several more. Dredge pipe strikes continue to claim lives as reported in Dredging Today as Boater Killed After Striking Dredge Pipe in Cape May […]

Expose on boat propeller accident propels Arizona to action

Every weekend on Lake Pleasant led to a major boating accident for several weeks this summer (2023). Some of these Maracopa County, Arizona accident were boat propeller strikes. A local media outlet, Arizona’s Family released a great video on November 15th, 2023. The video uses one boat propeller accident as an introduction to talking more […]

Mercury Pro XS Fatal Flaw video: flipping into boat

“MERCURY PRO XS FATAL FLAW! ARE YOU AT RISK?” video was released on YouTube October 28, 2023. The video was produced by Team Marine Service, a La Crosse, Wisconsin based marine service & repair business. It focuses on recently manufactured Mercury Marine Pro XS outboard motors breaking off and flipping into boats. Andy Houser of […]

Monitoring outboard log strikes: Yamaha Patent Application

Yamaha’s U.S. patent application, “Collision Information Providing System, Collision Judging System, and Marine Vessel” was published October 12, 2023. Yamaha’s system classifies and monitors three different kinds of collisions. 1. Outboard motor / Marine drive collisions 2. Propeller collisions 3. Vessel collisions These types of collisions are monitored. They are classified. Their intensity is rated. […]