Study: Estimated 142M Went Boating For 2016

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August 12, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

An estimated 142 million Americans went boating in 2016 – 36% of U.S. households – according to the 2016 Recreational Boating Participation Study, released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF), and Discover Boating.

Scuttlebutt Sailing News reported that of the 142 million individuals that went boating, half were children (under the age of 18) and 17 million individuals were first-time participants, and those who spent the most hours on the water or engaged in fishing and water sports were more likely to consider purchasing a boat.

“The results of the new Recreational Boating Participation Study illustrate the breadth of recreational boating in the United States and the opportunity for our industry to get more Americans on the water and ultimately buying boats – exploring emerging markets such as Hispanics, reaching younger boaters, and encouraging those already active in boating to pursue boat ownership,” said Thom Dammrich, NMMA President. “The study makes clear what we all know as boaters  — the more time spent on the water, the more likely someone is to become a boat owner.

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