On April 1, 2021 a new federal law goes into effect that requires the operator of a boat with an installed Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS) to use the ECOS link. The link is usually a coiled bungee cord lanyard clipped onto the operator’s person, Personal Floatation Device (PFD) or clothing and the other end attached to the cut-off switch, but there are plenty of variations on the market, including electronic wireless devices. The law applies on all “Navigable Waters of the US”.
When an operator is wearing a link while underway, the engine will cut-off if the operator is separated from the operating area, an occurrence that can happen if the operator is ejected from the vessel or falls within the vessel. The shutdown of the engine is essential for safety reasons. If the operator is ejected from the vessel, the shutdown may prevent the operator from impacting the vessel’s spinning propeller, and may aid the operator in safely returning to the drifting vessel.
The law applies to “Covered Recreational vessels” which means any motorized boat with 3 or more horsepower that is less than 26 feet in length and takes effect on April 1, 2021.
Operator Requirement: An individual operating a covered recreational vessel shall use an engine cut-off switch link while operating on plane or above displacement speed.
An earlier law, passed by congress in 2018, required manufactures to install an Emergency Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS). The law passed on December 4th 2018, and went into effect 1 year later. Even though it is now a law, most U.S. boat manufacturers have voluntarily installed an ECOS on their boats for decades.
The terms Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS) and Engine/Propulsion Cut-Off Devices are used interchangeably to denote a system that disables the propulsion engine when the operator is unexpectedly displaced from the vessel.
Blue Wave Boats is excited to announce a new partnership with Mercury Marine. With this partnership, Blue Wave customers will be able to take advantage of even more competitive pricing, high‑performance and high‑quality outboard boat‑and‑engine packages.
“We are very happy to extend our cooperation with Mercury Marine and offer our customers a premium product that enhances Blue Wave performance,” said Steven Parks, President, Blue Wave Boats. “Demand for large outboards continues to grow and we are excited to work more closely with the Mercury offerings,” Parks continued.
The standard t-top on our Hybrid Series, Makaira and 2800 Pure Hybrid, features a waterproof wireless charge port from Scanstrut. Keep your phone charged, dry, out of the sun and still in range to connect Bluetooth.
Additional noteworthy standards include… Garmin electronics, deluxe captains seats on a tackle station, compass, 3-sided tempered glass windshield, freshwater washdown, swim platform / ladder and a t-top with a finished edge.
New optional equipment includes a marine head.
You can count on Blue Wave to keep their eye on cutting edge and proven marine technologies.
JUNE 8, 2020, SEMINOLE, OK – Parks Manufacturing, parent company of Blue Wave Boats and Silver Wave Pontoons, has announced Garmin will be the exclusive electronics provider for the brand.
Blue Wave builds bay and hybrid boats from 19’ to 28’. Starting with MY 2021 Garmin will be the standard equipment on boats 26’ and larger. Smaller models will offer a selection of Garmin options so the end user can select the best solution for their needs.
Silver Wave builds a full offering of innovative pontoons with unique fiberglass components and high-end features. Garmin will be Standard on the new for 2021 SW3 series and growing series of SW5 models.
“Garmin has long been recognized within the marine industry as one of the best products available thanks to innovation, reliability and ease of use. As we are expanding our product offering and moving into new geographies it makes sense to partner with known and reliable brands,” said Steven Parks, President, Blue Wave Boats and Silver Wave Pontoons.
Parks Manufacturing has announced an unusual strategy for showing off new 2021 product to their dealer network as a result of COVID restrictions on large gatherings. The company is organizing a Tow & Show solution to show-off it’s new products featuring Garmin as well as other exciting upgrades directly to their dealer network. A detailed route will be announced so people interested in purchasing a new boat can see where they will be and when.
About Blue Wave Boats
Blue Wave was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Seminole, OK. It has gained a cult following for its iconic bay boat line-up due to company ownership’s dedication to innovation and hand-built craftsmanship. Blue Wave builds bay boats from 20’ to 28’. In 2017 Blue Wave announced the 2800 Pure Hybrid, the world’s largest bay boat. This model immediately gained the boating industry’s attention, even earning two consecutive Best Boat titles from Florida Sportsman Magazine. 2020 marks the brands first foray into the offshore market with Makaira, an offshore hybrid boat.
AUGUST 19, 2019, SEMINOLE, OK – Blue Wave
Boats launched 2600 Pure Bay during the Parks Manufacturing Dealer Meeting this
August to current dealers and dealer prospects.
Wave Boats builds bay boats ranging from 20’ to 28’. “Our 2400 Pure Bay owners were looking for a
boat to move up to, but they weren’t quite ready for the 28 yet,” states Steven
Parks, President Blue Wave Boats. 2600
fits the sweet spot between 2400 Pure Bay and 2800 Pure Hybrid.
2600 Pure Bay features a double-stepped
hull that is reinforced with Kevlar®. Sporting
an impressive 26’ 2” LOA this boat offers up serious space for fishing that
converts to a stable and comfortable family cruiser thanks to third row seating
that runs the width of the impressive 9’1” beam.
Blue Wave Boat’s unique build methodology
consists of four stringers, whereas the rest of the industry relies on just
two, plus a gridwork of bulkheads that fuse together when the hull and deck are
laminated. This process of construction
delivers a strength you can feel the moment you step aboard and lightens up the
build for impressive speed and fuel economy.
2600 Pure Bay is rated for 450 HP in a
single or twin-engine configuration.
Blue Wave has a new boat, an offshore hybrid. Capable of handling blue water yet still shallow drafting for those days when you are ready to give the fish a break. The boat was recently reviewed by Angler’s Journal… READ MORE