One of the biggest fears anyone boating has is for someone in their boat to be hit by the propeller. Recently there was a report of a man tubing and his leg was severely injured when the propeller of the boat that was pulling him hit him. As a skipper of a boat it is imperative that you are constantly aware of where your passengers/skiers/tubers are in relation to your propeller.
|TO PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE,
DID YOU KNOW?
• A typical three-blade propeller running
at 3,200 rpm can inflict 160 impacts in
• A typical recreational propeller can
travel from head to toe on an average
person in less than one tenth of a second.
• Most importantly! Most propeller accidents
CAN be prevented!
• Before starting your engine, walk to the
stern and look in the water to make certain
there is no one near your propeller (people
near the propeller may not be visible from
• Never allow passengers to board or exit
your boat from the water when engine(s) are
running - even at idle and in neutral your
propeller may continue to spin.
• Educate passengers about the location and
danger of the propeller(s).
|• Be especially alert when operating in |
congested areas and never enter swimming
• Take extra precautions near boats that are
towing skiers or tubers.
• Never permit passengers to ride on the bow,
gunwale, transom, seat backs, or other
locations where they might fall overboard.
• Children should be watched carefully while
• Establish clear rules for swim platform
use, boarding ladders, and seating (if
possible, passengers should remain seated at
• If someone falls overboard, STOP! Then
slowly turn the boat around, and keep the
person in sight as you approach. Assign a
passenger to continuously monitor the person
in the water. Turn your engine off FIRST and
then bring the person to safety.
• NEVER reverse your boat to pick someone up
out of the water. If necessary, go around again.
Article courtesy of Leisure Boating - October 2012