|Bowline wrapped around a propeller shaft.|
Due to some quick action this boat was saved from sinking. I've know many others that weren't as lucky. A dock line wrapped around the propeller bent the shaft and pulled the strut right out of the boat.
Always exercise caution before putting your transmission into forward or reverse. Look for lines, debris in the water, swimmers and other hazards. One of the hardest lines to see from the helm station of a sailboat or powerboat is the bow line. My advice - make sure it cannot reach the propeller!