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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 […]

Coast Guard to require use of kill switch lanyards

The huge bill Congress passed at the end of 2020 included the provision that operators of boats 26 feet and under attach their lanyard kill switch or use their wireless lanyard if either is available on their vessel on Federal waters. Cabin boats and vessels with less than 115 pounds of thrust are exempted from […]

Updated list of over the bow Pontoon Boat propeller accidents 2021

Its been over 3 years since we updated the List of Over the Bow Pontoon Boat Propeller Accidents, many of which result from bow riding / bowriding. We tried to limit the list to only over the bow prop accidents on pontoon boats. There are numerous other ways to get struck by the propeller of […]

Safety is our number one priority????

We have all seen and heard countless businesses tell us one or more of the phrases below: Safety is our number one priority Safety is our #1 priority

Boat Builder / Boatbuilder Product Safety Program

The Beginnings of a Product Safety Program for Boat Builders / Boatbuilders Boat builders range in size from very small to very large operations with multiple well known brands. Consolidation of the industry, explosive growth in certain segments, legacy products, international sales, industry and government regulations, product liability issues, new on water activities, increasing participation […]

Propeller Safety Year in Review 2020

A brief review of the major propeller safety events in 2020 including safety meetings, accidents, legal cases, deaths of those involved in the movement, statistics, patents, articles published, public service announcements, anniversaries, regulations, and other related events. A listing of some significant propeller safety events in 2020 follows: 2020 has been a very unique year, […]