Quick Hits: December 11, 2020


Regulator Marine have tapped Krystal Anderson as its vice president of human resources. Anderson joins the Tar Heel State boat builder with over three decades of experience leading HR teams at major corporations in both Europe and the U.S. “As Regulator looks to future expansion in the U.S. and abroad, we expect our factory team to experience continued growth,” said Regulator Marine co-founder and president Joan Maxwell in a statement. “As we grow, preserving the heart and dedication to quality in everything we do is critical. That starts with our people, and that’s why we are thrilled to welcome Krystal aboard.” “Regulator has an amazing team, and this shows in our product, our culture, and all that we do,” added Anderson. “I am honored to be a part of a company that lives its values every day and excited for what the future holds.”

The U.S. House of Representatives have passed the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act that aims to bring commercial swordfish fishing off California in line with other U.S. and international swordfish fisheries. The bill would ban the use of mile-long large-mesh drift gillnets and help to significantly reduce bycatch; it now heads to the president’s desk for his signature. “The recreational fishing and boating community has long advocated for transitioning away from large-mesh drift gillnets which needlessly kill non-target species including sportfish,” said the Center for Sportfishing Policy president Jeff Angers in a statement. “Today marks a significant victory for marine conservation, and we are grateful for the bipartisan effort to get the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act across the finish line.”

Vantage Recreational Finance Inc has teamed with Boaters Insurance Agency — the insurer was founded over three decades ago and operates in all 50 states — to target marine clients with custom packages that include both financing and insurance needs. “After a substantial amount of research, we believe Boaters Insurance, their products and overall concept towards delivering excellence fits very well with our strategic plan and overall company culture,” said Vantage Recreational Finance Inc president Mike Harbaugh in a statement. BIA’s Chief Operating Officer Morgan Swiggett commented: “Superior product offerings, customer service and client advocacy are common goals between BIA and Vantage which make this partnership a natural fit in so many ways.”

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association is hosting a Business of Boating webinar series in 2021, in lieu of its in-person annual event. The webinar series — which kicks off Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. with a Covid-19 employee legal update — will allow the MMTA to provide members with educational opportunities while remaining safe, the organization said in a statement. Subsequent webinars will focus on regulatory and government relations, workforce solutions, training funding, and sales and marketing. 


Patrick Acquires SeaDek Parent

The Indiana-based company continues its strategy of growth through acquisitions.

BoatUS, USPS Resume Safety Checks

The groups are offering the service during safety events, or boaters can conduct the inspection using an online guide.

Stepping Up the Pace of Relief

A positive jobs report, 3 million vaccinations per day and consumer confidence point toward economic recovery.

Freedom Boat Club Buys N.Y. Franchise

The latest acquisition is Brunswick’s sixth corporate-owned Freedom operation in the United States.

In-Person NMEA Conference Announced

The electronics conference, in conjunction with the Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services, is scheduled for Sept. 20-24 in Orlando, Fla.

Vesper Appoints U.S.-based Manager

Damien Frye will drive sales of the New Zealand-based company’s Cortex product line.

Groupe Beneteau Sells CNB

As part of the conglomerate’s realignment, the Groupe has inked an agreement with Italian yard Solaris to purchase the bluewater sailing brand.