Preventing Propeller Strikes - 07/26/2017
Preventing Prop Strikes is Easy

One of the great pleasures of boating is swimming in the water nearby. We offer some easy tips to keep it fun.

  • The driver should wear the engine cut-off switch lanyard so the engine shuts off automatically if the driver is thrown overboard.

  • When people are swimming, assign a person to watch around the propeller area.

  • Consider buying a propeller safety device, such as A prop guard or ringed propeller.

  • Never allow anyone to board or deboard the boat when the engine is running.

  • Go to the stern and check the area around the propeller before starting the engine. You might not be able to see a person in the water from the helm.

  • Explain the danger of propellers to your crew, and lay down clear rules for using the swim platform and boarding ladder. For instance, only on person should climb the ladder at a time.

  • Never put the engine in reverse to pick up someone in the water.

  • If there is a man overboard, stop the engine, locate the MOB, and slowly turn the boat toward the person. Have one crew member keep an eye on the MOB until the boat arrives. Turn the engine off first, and then help the MOB back in the boat.

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