|The States of Boating: Report Shows Where Americans Take to the Water Most|
|Florida, California and Great Lakes Region Anchor Spike in New Boat Registrations|
|(December 12, 2006) –The start of winter marks the start of boat show season when thousands of boats will be bought and sold across the country. To get ready, Discover Boating, the national consumer awareness program for the recreational boating industry, took a look at how many boats are already on the water and released new data today showing overall boat registrations increased 1.3 percent to 12.9 million in 2005.
The national rankings reveal Florida as the top boating state for the second year in a row with nearly 974,000 registered boats, followed by California, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The top five boating states accounted for nearly one third of all boat registrations. The data was compiled in conjunction with the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)'s 2005 U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics Report.
“Not only did boat registrations increase, but we also saw an increase of 2.3 million in overall boating participation in 2005 to 71.3 million,” said Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA and Discover Boating. “These numbers tell us that boating is growing in popularity as a leisure time activity.”
Despite most of the nation in the grips of winter weather, now is the time when prospective boat buyers start shopping for a boat. Over the next three months there will be hundreds of boat shows in markets across the U.S. where visitors can browse a wide selection of boats and negotiate with dealers under one roof to find the boat that’s right for their budget and lifestyle.
The top 10 states for registered boats in 2005 were:
The top regions for boat registrations include:
The top 20 boating states represented nearly three out of every four boats registered in the U.S. in 2005. NMMA used registration data supplied to the U.S. Coast Guard by the each state to develop the registration statistics report.
A complete list of state-by-state rankings, as well as additional information on how to get started in boating, can be found at www.DiscoverBoating.com/BoatRegistrations. Visitors to the site can also find information on upcoming boat shows in their area and advice on choosing a boat to suits their needs.
Boat registration statistics are compiled by individual states. The federal government uses these statistics to allocate Aquatic Resource Trust Fund dollars among the states each year. NMMA uses the registration data to develop its estimates on annual state dollar sales of new boats, motors, trailers and marine accessories. This comprehensive sales information will be available in May.
The full 2005 U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics Report will be available in January and can be ordered by contacting the NMMA fulfillment department at 312-946-6200. The cost is $150 for NMMA members; $300 for non-members.
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