Originally Posted by codprawn
Maybe for certain safety boat apps they should use a guard. Not a good idea to make it compulsory though - then ALL safety boats would need them and the amount of power lost in surf etc would be dangerous - which is why the RNLI don't use them.
Every RNLI surf rescue craft Ive ever seen has had a prop guard - who says they don't use them.
Compulsory prop guards for all rescue craft is definitely the way to go.
Although I pull along side people in the water 10s of times a day when wakeboarding - not really any different except the person you are collecting is usually bright and alert which may not be the case in a rescue.
EDIT - i even found a link http://www.rnli.org.uk/who_we_are/bo...ipment/arancia
EDIT2 - come to think of it ZapCats have compulsory prop guards too when racing - don't think anyone is going to accuse them of being "dangerously" under powered in surf as a result either