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Where do Americans Boat?

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 took a look at how many boats are already on the water and released new data showing overall boat registrations increased increased 1 percent to 13 million in 2007.

Below please find a ranking of U.S. boat registrations in 2007. Where does your state rank?

Quick Facts:

  • There were 345,400 new (model year 2007) powerboats registered by U.S. states during the year – approximately 187,000 powerboats were retired from the recreational boating fleet in 2007.
  • 13 million recreational boats are either registered by the states or documented by the USCG
  • Florida topped this list for the fourth year in a row with 991,680 registrations.

RANK STATE/TERRITORY REGISTERED BOATS
1 Florida 991,680
2 California 964,881
3 Minnesota 866,496
4 Michigan 830,743
5 Wisconsin 617,366
6 Texas 599,567
7 New York 494,020
8 South Carolina 442,040
9 Ohio 415,228
10 Illinois 379,454
11 North Carolina 375,815
12 Pennsylvania 342,427
13 Missouri 321,782
14 Georgia 344,597
15 Louisiana 301,249
16 Washington 270,789
17 Tennessee 274,914
18 Alabama 274,176
19 Virginia 251,440
20 Iowa 213,767
21 Oklahoma 223,758
22 Indiana 241,474
23 Mississippi 180,356
24 Maryland 202,892
25 Arkansas 206,195
26 New Jersey 183,147
27 Oregon 184,147
28 Kentucky 176,716
29 Massachusetts 145,496
30 Arizona 144,570
31 Maine 112,818
32 Connecticut 108,539
33 New Hampshire 100,261
34 Colorado  98,055
35 Kansas  93,900
36 Idaho  91,612
37 Nebraska  83,722
38 Utah  76,921
39 Montana  79,651
40 Nevada  59,895
41 South Dakota  53,570
42 Delaware  61,569
43 West Virginia  63,064
44 Alaska  47,548
45 North Dakota  53,519
46 Rhode Island  43,665
47 New Mexico  38,100
48 Vermont  31,482
49 Wyoming  26,956
50 Hawaii  15,094
  District of Columbia   2,866
  U.S. Territories  71,579
     
     
     
     
TOTAL 12,875,568

Source: National Marine Manufacturers Association, 2005 U.S. Recreational Boat Registration Statistics Report

NMMA used registration data supplied to the U.S. Coast Guard by the each state to develop the registration statistics report. 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.

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