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Batchelder vs Malibu: $200 million jury verdict stands

This case arose from a 2014 propeller strike in Georgia in which water came over the bow of a 2000 Malibu Response LX rental ski boat when it crossed its own wake. Seven year old Ryan Batchelder was washed out of or jumped from the bow and was fatally struck by the boat’s propeller. More […]

July 4th weekend 2022 boat propeller accidents

We noticed a significant increase in media reported boat propeller accidents over the weekend of July 4, 2022 compared to previous July 4th weekends. We briefly list the boat propeller accidents for the 6 day period beginning Saturday July 2, 2022 below. The list of of dozen boat propeller strike accidents includes 6 fatalities, two […]

USCG releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard released their annual 2021 recreational boating accident statistics report on 16 June 2022. Total number of accidents, injuries, and deaths were down significantly in 2021. 2021 USCG NARD reported accident statistics were 4,439 accidents, 2,641 injuries, and 658 deaths. 2020 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 5,265 accidents, 3,191 injuries, and […]

Tangmo killed by boat propeller in Thailand

A beautiful young actress known as Tangmo (Nida Patcharaweeraphong, age 37) fell from a speedboat into the Chao Phaya River in Bangkok Thailand. Tangmo was on a restaurant trip with friends on Thursday February 24, 2022. Tangmo had been seated at the rear of the boat and fell in about 10:40pm. Early reports said 30 […]

Yamaha Patent Application: Propeller Status Indicator Lights

Back in April 2014, Brunswick was issued U.S. Patent 8,803,711 for what eventually became Mercury’s Moving Propeller Alert device. It uses several LED lights to display a rotating pattern when the propeller is turning and the boat is stationary or barely underway. Mercury has on online brochure. Now, in 2022, Yamaha’s U.S. Patent for a […]

Ethan’s Story: Importance of engine cut-off switches

Ethan Issacs’ family created a great video about their wonderful son, Ethan, who is no longer with us. Ethan lost his life because a youth sailing coach failed to attach their boat engine kill switch lanyard. In the video, the local Sarasota Florida police department recounts that day. (See our initial coverage of the accident.) […]

Malibu Boats loses 200 million dollar jury trial

Parties in the Batcheler vs. Malibu Boats Legal Case / Trial in Georgia. Stephan Paul Batchelder & Margaret Mary Batchelder (parents of Ryan Batchelder, deceased). Dennis Ficarra (operator of the boat and Ryan’s great uncle). Malibu Boats West. Malibu Boats LLC. July 18, 2022 UPDATE Malibu fought the original $200 million dollar verdict for several […]

USCG releases Recreational Boating Statistics 2020

U.S. Coast Guard released their annual 2019 recreational boating accident statistics report on 30 June 2020. Total number of accidents, injuries, and deaths were up significantly in 2020. 2020 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 5,265 accidents, 3,191 injuries, and 767 deaths 2019 USCG BARD reported accident statistics were 4,168 accidents 2,559 injuries, and 613 […]

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. […]

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, […]