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. New Jersey passes pontoon safety law
A new New Jersey law, signed last week by Gov. Chris Christie, will require new safety training and signage for renters of pontoon boats.
Under "Christopher's Law," pontoon renters are required to complete safety instruction before they can rent the boat. Businesses must also post warning signs that read, “Warning: Rotating propellers can cause serious injury or death.”
The law is named after Christopher D'Amico, a 10-year-old boy who was killed after he fell from and was struck by a pontoon boat last year.
2. Russian investors are new Fairline owners
Fairline Acquisitions Limited has agreed to purchase U.K. builder Fairline Boats out of administration, the U.K. equivalent of bankruptcy, The Telegraph reports.
The new buyer's majority shareholders are Alexander Volov and Igor Glyanenko, the paper reported.
The deal will save 100 jobs, although Fairline employed 450 people before entering administration.
3. New BoatPAC Election Center website launches
BoatPAC, the political action committee of MRAA and NMMA, launched a new website Monday.
The site -- www.boatpacinsider.com -- is designed to be easier to navigate and provides updates on important regulatory and legislative issues, as well as the 2016 elections.
4. Fact-finding mission to Colombia
NMMA will be leading a fact finding mission to Medellin, Guatape and Cartagena, Colombia April 24 – 29.
Trip itinerary will include ground transportation, group networking meals, site visits to major boat builders, shipyard and marina facilities, visits to emerging boating areas and participation in Colombia’s new International Nautical Congress in Cartagena. Click here for more information.
Companies must be an active NMMA member to participate.
5. MMA, BWI co-hosting Miami event
The Marine Marketers of America and Boating Writers International are partnering on a joint programat this year's Miami International Boat Show.
The joint meeting will be from 8–10 a.m. on Friday, February 12, onsite at the show’s Waterside Café and VIP Lounge, immediately adjacent to the water taxi drop-off. Highlights of the joint meeting include presentations to the winners of BWI’s annual writers contest, recognition of MMA’s annual Neptune Award winners, plus a panel presentation featuring seasoned marine editors and publicists/marketers. The joint event is free of charge and sponsored by the National Marine Electronics Association, Freedom Boat Club and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Learn more here.