The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.
1. Federal report on Bounty sinking blames captain
The captain’s "reckless decision to sail ... into the well-forecast path of Hurricane Sandy” was responsible for the sinking of the HMS Bounty during the superstorm in 2012, says a new report from the National Transportation Safety Board.
The ship flipped during the storm, spilling its crew into the Atlantic as they attempted to sail from Connecticut to Florida. Capt. Robin Walbridge was never found and is presumed dead. Another member of the crew was also killed when the historic tourist attraction sunk.
2. Kentucky boating bill provides stricter standards for waterway stops
A bill that would require law enforcement officers meet stricter standards to justify stopping boaters has passed a state Senate panel.
The bill is designed to protect boaters from “harassment” by state officers that is hurting tourism, said bill sponsor Chris Girdler.
3. Small business optimism up in January
Small business owners were more optimistic in January than December, but still less positive than they were pre-recession, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ latest index.
Small business owners are planning their strongest job creation efforts since 2007, the NFIB said.
4. Why you should care about company culture
It’s easy to dismiss the importance of company culture – but it’s not just all about ping-pong tables and free sodas in the breakroom. Here are five ways to build a positive company culture from Fast Company.
5. Social media trends for 2014
What do you need to know about social media this year? Social Media Examiner has five important social media trends for 2014.