Hornet Marine, builder of customizable powerboats, introduced a new safety enhancement last week during the 2011 Marine Dealer Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla.
Offered on the Hornet 17, the feature is designed to prevent boating deaths by prohibiting the boat from starting while the boarding ladder is deployed, the company said.
When the boat’s pull-out transom ladder is deployed, the engine is prohibited from starting and an indicator light turns on to alert the operator. If the ladder is deployed while the engine is running it will immediately shut off to prevent injury to anyone near the transom.
“The Hornet Marine design team always has the utmost concern for our customers’ safety when we develop any new feature. This latest development is a simple, yet effective way to prevent one of the most common causes of accidents on the water,” company president David Hartmann said in a statement.