In what marine dealers and experts agree is a misguided attempt to improve safety, a bill introduced in Albany would require propeller guards on “instructional vessels.”
The justification for the bill is listed as follows: “On July 18th, 2017, a 12-year-old boy was tragically killed when he was hit by a propeller during a boating lesson in Centerport, Long Island. After performing a routine sailing exercise, the child was brought onto the motorized boat of the class instructor, whereupon he fell out of the vessel after it accelerated and was struck and killed by the propeller blades. To prevent similar instances from occurring in the future, this legislation would require that propeller guards be installed on all vessels that are used to instruct children under the age of eighteen.”
ESMTA opposes this ill-advised legislation, and it will be thoroughly discussed at our meeting on October 12th in Albany.