What Are The Lights On The Transom Of Your Yellowfin?

 The mp alert lights help keep our underwater camera men (like the one who took this picture) safe

The mp alert lights help keep our underwater camera men (like the one who took this picture) safe

Question

Name: Herb M
Subject: Season 10 Episode 1

Message: Great to see the new season(s) starting up. In season 10, episode 1, I saw a blinking red LED light on the port side of the transom of your boat when your son was hooked up. . What was that for? Thanks,.....


Answer

Hi Herb,

Thanks for watching the new shows.  The lights that you see on the transom of the boat are a safety feature from Mercury Marine.  The lights are called The MP Alert and it is designed to alert swimmers or snorkelers of moving propellers.  When the props are turning, the lights are on alerting anyone in the water of the danger. 

In the Florida Keys we fish and dive often.  You can not be too careful when dealing with propellers and swimmers.  It is possible to inadvertently move the throttle into gear no matter how careful you are.  If this happens, swimmers would know to stay away.  Of course, having the engine shut down completely while anyone is in the water is the best approach.  With the new 4 stroke engines, someone might think they have shut down because the motor is so quiet but the engine might still be running.  The MP Alert is just one more safety feature to avoid any accidents.

I hope that answers your question.  Thanks for watching!

Tom Rowland

 The MP Alert light you see on the transom of our boat

The MP Alert light you see on the transom of our boat

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