Re: [OMC-Boats] prop safety

From: BLDFW <bldfw@...>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 21:59:45 -0700 (PDT)

I'm really sorry for the kid and the injuries he had to endure....BUT.... 

I think it's crazy but as long as attorney's are permitted to shop for a deep pocket, it will continue.  They couldn't hope to get any kind of high settlement from the boat operator so they concoct a theory in order to justify going after the manufacturer.  The individual should not have jumped in the water and put himself in danger around a moving boat, and the operator should have looked to the rear before putting the boat in reverse and, as we all know you must do to stop forward momentum, rev up the engine and thus the prop which in turn creates a reverse water flow.

It's always important to find someone else to blame and to pay for our mistakes so that we don't have to admit we did something stupid and costly.....

Dallas, TX
1970 Evinrude Explorer - 155 Buick V6 - OMC Sterndrive


--- On Tue, 4/6/10, jd <jdood@...> wrote:

From: jd <jdood@...>
Subject: [OMC-Boats] prop safety
To: "Evinrude and 70's & Johnson Boats of the 1960's" <>
Date: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 11:44 PM

this came out today

I personally don't think the boat mfgr should have been to blame at all,  no more than a car company should be to blame when someone gets run over.    But it has made me start thinking about prop safety.

- anyone know or have any direct experience with any prop guards out there?

- the whole prop lower unit system seems goofy to me.   It's this big house of cards - if you hit something you either ruin your lower unit,  or if your lucky you break a fin off your prop.    All the prop needs to do is spin through water.     So why isn't it designed with a simple cotter pin type of system where the cotter pin breaks the second it encounters any resistance?   Am I missing something here?      Cheaper,  safer,  could fix on the fly just by putting in a new pin.  Eh?


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